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May 26, 2003

KISS IN THE PRESS
The May-edition of "Classic Rock" (England) includes a review of the Kiss Symphony concert. Gene Simmons is on the cover of "The Dig" (Japan, Spaing 2003). The Spring 2003-issue of Gene's "Tongue" magazine is also already at the newsstands. In the meantime there is already #10 of the Dark Horse Kiss Comic on sale, as always with 2 different covers (one Comic-Cover and one Band-Cover). In Spain a book came out with all the lyrics from the first album up to Love Gun with translations into Spanish.

May 20, 2003

KISS ALIVE IV COVER
Kiss have now made the cover of "Alive IV" on their official website www.kissonline.com public. Here it is:
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May 19, 2003

KISS KOLLECTOR FANZINE No.44 OUT NOW
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The May issue of KISS Kollector magazine just came off the printers, and the jampacked issue includes part 1 of an exclusive interview with
drummer Hirsh Gardner (New England, whose debut album was produced by Paul Stanley after which the band opened on the Dynasty tour), a report on the Peter Criss 'expo' An Audience With Peter Criss, reviews of new KISS related albums, a report on the KISS Symphony show in Melbourne, a piece on a band that Paul and Gene were considering to sign to Casablanca Records in the mid-seventies (they even wanted to buy/record one or two of their songs for the album that became Destroyer), a tribute to Sean Delaney, and much, much more. The new issue will be mailed out to all members very soon. (for more info e-mail: kiss@animalize.com)

May 19, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY ON TV
(from Martin Tadzik)
The "Kiss Symphony" has been shown as Pay per view on Australian TV. It goes for just over one and a half hours. Set list is:
Intro by Molly Meldrum
Kiss arrival at Melbourne Airport
Act One - Deuce,Lick It Up,Psycho Circus
Act Two - Beth,Goin' Blind,Sure Know Something,Shandi
Act Three - Detroit Rock City,King of the Night Time World,Do You Love Me,Shout It Out Loud,God of Thunder,Love Gun,Black Diamond
Curtain Call - Great Expectations,I Was Made For Loving You,Rock and Rol All Night


May 18, 2003

KISS AT WANGO TANGO FESTIVAL
(from
Bret6262@aol.com)
KISS played 4 songs: Detroit Rock City, Deuce, Love Gun and Rock and Roll All Nite. Bill Aucoin was also at the show.

May 17, 2003

VINNIE VINCENT CD'S REREALEASED
Capitol Records will rerelease both Vinnie Vincent Invasion CD's on June 24, 2003.

May 16, 2003

VOTE FOR THE BEST LIVE-BAND
(from Hannes Lenhardt)
The American Music Magazine "Rolling Stone" is doing an online opinion poll to find out who the best Live Act is. You can vote for Kiss at the following link:
http://www.rollingstone.com/survey/dynamic/default.asp

[P.S.: It seems you may vote as often as you like. So you know what to do...!]


May 15, 2003

NEW RUSSIAN TRIBUTE CD
(from Vladimir)
The Russian company Irond released a new tribute album to Kiss called
"A Tribute To The Creatures Of The Night". This is an official release
under license from Nuclear Blast label.

May 8, 2003

NEW KISS RELEASES
Kiss have now annouced July 22nd, 2003 as the release date for "Kiss Symphony - Alive IV" on their official website, a double CD on their own label Kiss Records. A DVD is to follow shortly afterwards.

Meanwhile also a release of Kiss live in Sydney 1980 on DVD on June 15, 2003 has been made public. No further information is known as of yet, but it might be an unofficial release.   


May 7, 2003

magTocaRock2003Mexico.jpg (4960 Byte) magCDExpoert2003Brazil.jpg (7413 Byte)KISS IN THE PRESS
Kiss are on the cover of "Toca Rock" Magazine in Mexico. Also the Brazilian magazine "CD Experts" features Kiss on the cover and includes the "Psycho Circus" PC game.


May 6, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY TO BECOME ALIVE IV
(from www.undercover.com.au )

Kiss have officially announced the aborted Kiss Alive IV album will make way for The Kiss Symphony album, recorded live at Telstra Dome in Melbourne in February.

The album will be titled "The Kiss Symphony : Alive IV". It will be a 2CD set released by their newly formed label Kiss Records and distributed by Sanctuary internationally and Shock Records in Australia.

Kiss planned on releasing a Kiss Alive IV album two years ago but the whole thing fell in a heap. "Kiss Alive IV unfortunately got tangled in a lot of red tape and bureaucracy things that I think can sometimes suppress what rock and roll is meant to be about … Impulse and instinct" Paul Stanley tells Undercover News. "Unfortunately it is mired in all sorts of bureaucracy and red tape. Life goes on and I also believe that everything happens as it should and when it should".
[read the rest]

May 5, 2003

KISS, SANCTUARY SEAL DEAL FOR LABEL
(from www.billboard.com )
Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss Records, to be announced today (May 5), will kick off with a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV," which captures the band's Feb. 28 performance with the Melbourne Orchestra. A DVD and a pay-per-view television special chronicling the show are also expected.

The deal marks the end of Kiss' long association with Mercury/Universal, the final release of which was last August's "The Very Best of Kiss." As previously reported, vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons recently resurrected his Simmons Records label in partnership with Sanctuary.

Kiss kicks off a North American tour with Aerosmith Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn., with longtime guitarist Ace Frehley replaced by Tommy Thayer. The group is offering a three-tiered ticketing package for select shows, including a $1,000 extravaganza that includes a ticket in the first four rows and a chance to meet the band afterward. For more information, visit Kiss' official Web site.

Before the Aerosmith tour, Kiss will perform May 17 at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Other confirmed acts include Nelly, Christina Aguilera, Sugar Ray, and Craig David with Sting.

-- Wes Orshoski, N.Y.

May 3, 2003
KISS KOLLECTOR FANZINE INFO
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While working on the upcoming May issue of KISS Kollector magazine, the very sad news came in that Sean Delaney had passed away. So, obviously, some changes were quickly made in order to be able to include some sort of tribute to the man who was also known as the 'fifth KISS'. It seems like only yesterday that Sean was special guest at the KISS Kollector Expo in Holland last November, where he talked about his many happy times with KISS, his not-so-happy times with KISS, revealed a lot of 'secret' info from the world of KISS and also informed fans about his upcoming autobiography. Apart from paying respect to Sean Delaney, the upcoming issue will include a report on the recent KISS Symphony extravaganza in Australia, an exclusive interview with former New England drummer Hirsh Gardner talking about his KISS related days, a report on the unique Las Vegas concert, a report on An Audience With Peter Criss, reviews of new KISS related albums, a piece on collecting magazines with KISS on the cover, never before seen photos and much, much more.

May 3, 2003

KISS FOREVER BAND NEWS
(from Starchild/ www.kissforeverband.hu )
We are on the "30th Anniversary Tour" ,we played 16 shows on the last 2 months in Germany, Belgium and Hungary and we will turn back to Germany after our new album's release party ("Plug It Out!" / live unplugged album,come out on 10th of May by TomTom Records/Hungary). We will play 5 more shows there,and on the 24th of May in Celle we will perform our 50th shows in Germany since the fall of 1998!
A special limited edition KFB t-shirt will come out for the anniversary show with a huge KFB picture and the name of the 33 cities where we played on the last 5 years there. Here comes the terms :
23rd May / Paderborn - Capitol
24th May / Celle - Musikfabrik
30th May / Tharandt - Headbanger
31st May / Windehausen - Festival Tent
07th June / Darmstadt - Goldene Krone
See you there,keep kissin' !


May 2, 2003

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