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October 31, 2001
NEW FAN PAGES
There are 4 new Fan Pages online:

Wlosczyyk Christian
Vitek Andreas
Stettler Erik
Strobler Christian

October 31, 2001
KISS IN THE PRESS
New magazines featuring articles on Kiss include: DVD World (1 page, Holland), Classic Rock (Nov. 01; front-page + 27 pages, England), Mojo Collections (Autumn 2001; 4 pages, England), Modern Drummer (Nov. 01, 7 pages, USA) and Metal Heart (Nov. 01; 1 page, Germany)

October 31, 2001
NEW KISS TATTOOS
TattooPanizzoliJacques.jpg (2102 Byte)2 absolute fantastic Kiss Tattoo entries are now online from Jacques Panizzoli and Eric Voillereau from France! Click here to see them.

October 30, 2001
KISS IN GERMANY
KissinGermanyklein2.jpg (7059 Byte)There are a lot more features to come on KISS NEWS. One of the features now available at the German site are the KISS in Germany pages. They are in German, but they are still worth a mention here on the English site; soon there will be similar appropriate pages available in other language editions (Kiss in France in French on the French site etc...). Those pages feature not only all the details about all the concerts (when and where they played, opening acts, promoters, photos, ticket-prices, attendance and of course concert-reviews) but also infos on all promotional visits in Germany. Click on the logo to see those pages.

October 26, 2001
BOX SET NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA

(from Mark Bridge)

December 3 is the release date for the KISS Boxset Downunder, only 500 are being imported so be early!!! Contact Toombul music on 07 3266 2533

October 23, 2001
NEW KISS FAN PAGE

Dirk made a contribution to our Fan Pages. Take a look here.

October 23, 2001
SECOND COMING DVD RELEASED IN BRAZIL

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Second Coming finally came out on DVD format in Brazil. It was manufacteured and distributed by TOP TAPE Company with a different cover than the original.

October 23, 2001
OFFICIAL GENE SIMMONS WEBSITE ANNOUNCED

Gene Simmons has now announced his own official website: www.genesimmons.com (KISS News reported on September 25, 2001). On this site you will be able to find out what Gene Simmons is up to, including all his projects which have nothing to do with KISS. In the frequently asked questions section Gene posts his address where you can send him letters and ask for autographed pictures: http://www.genesimmons.com/faq.html

October 22, 2001
KISS FAN ART

(from Mike Rutherford)

Recently I did a picture of Eric Singer in Hawk makeup and you seemed to like it so I'm sending you a new picture I did that I think the fans might get a kick out of.
The picture I'm sending you is a "What if" picture.
(In other words) What if KISS actually decided to unmask for the Unmasked Tour. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to see the artwork.
I used to have my own KISS website called "The Niteowl's World of KISS" the site featured my KISS computer art.
I had a section devoted to different classic TV celebrities in KISS makeup.

October 22, 2001
NEW KISS FAN PAGE

Bernd Knerr made a contribution to our Fan Pages. Take a look here.

October 22, 2001
NEW KISS TATTOO CONTRIBUTION

Jon A. Bongevengo
a from New York has sent us his Gene Simmons Tattoo. Click here to see it.

October 20, 2001
GENE AT MOVIE PREMIERE

(from www.Yahoo.com)
Gene2001-10-19klein.jpg (3833 Byte)Gene Simmons of the rock group "KISS" poses with actress Dominique Swain at the premiere of the new film "From Hell" in Los Angeles October 17, 2001. The film about the infamous killer Jack the Ripper and his exploits stars Heather Graham and Johnny Depp and opens in the United States October 19. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

October 20, 2001
KISS IN THE PRESS

(from Sieglinde Brockhaus)
In the November-issue of the US-magazine "Modern Drummer" you can find a seven page article about Eric Carr. You can find the article about Peterc Criss at  www.moderndrummer.com under Reflections.

October 17, 2001
KISS BOX SET NEWS

The official European release date for the KISS Box Set has now been confirmed: November 26, 2001.

October 17, 2001
ACE FREHLEY TO APPEAR AT NEW YORK BENEFIT SHOW

(from www.eddietrunk.com via Niklas Olsson)
[...]  I am proud to announce that I have organized a great lineup of artists for the true hard rock/metal fan. The benefit is called NEW YORK STEEL, and the lineup reflects the tastes of my listeners, and many of the officers that make requests every week. Appearing at this special show will be the reunited TWISTED SISTER (JJ French, Mark Mendoza, Dee Snider, Eddie Ojeda, AJ Pero). This classic lineup will reunite and play for the first time in 14 years! Also on the bill; KISS Lead Guitarist ACE FREHLEY and friends, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL, and former SKID ROW singer SEBASTIAN BACH. The event will be hosted by me and my sometimes cohost; NY METS Superstar MIKE PIAZZA. Other surprises are planned as well. [...]

Tickets are ON SALE this Saturday 10/20 at 12 Noon, at Ticketmaster and the Hammerstein Box Office, and are resonably priced at $37.50 each (No service fees if you buy at Hammerstien). Be sure to listen to my radio shows every Friday starting at 11PM, and Saturday starting at 10PM for interviews with the artists, and updates on 102.7 FM WNEW. Also visit WWW.EDDIETRUNK.com  for additional updates daily. Thank you for your >tremendous support, without it I would not be able to stage an event of this   magnatude. Keep listening and I'll see you all at Hammerstein Nov. 28th.

Sincerely,

Eddie Trunk
Host of Friday & Saturday Night Rocks!
102.7 FM WNEW NYC
www.eddietrunk.com

October 16, 2001
HOT LICKS VIDEO AVAILABLE FROM BRUCE KULICK PERSONALLY

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HELLO KISS fans!!!
I want everyone to know that I offer my video tape which is very cool (big hair days!!) and shows many many secrets of the riffs on Asylum. I am personally filling these orders, and I sign them as well if you would like to order them that way. Signed to you!!! (I offer Audio Dog as well this way.)
Since they are mailed from the US, (and I have PAL format, and NTSC for North America), be patient with the mail. Since the war on terrorism, the mail system is slower for security reasons.
Thanks for the orders and hope to see you all in person soon!
Bruce Kulick
Click here for details

October 16, 2001
NO NEWS YET ABOUT THE KISS BOX SET

There are still no further news concerning the KISS Box Set as far as the exact price and content. The record company, who will be distributing the Box Set still says, that it is planned to include 2 bonus tracks in the Deluxe Edition. BUT... this is not confirmed yet and as we all know, things may change. More news should come in this week. As soon as all details are known you can pre-order the Box Set here.


October 13, 2001

KISS WILL NOT PERFORM

Only one day after it was confirmed, it has just been announced through the official website, KISSONLINE, that Kiss have cancelled their appearance at the benefit concert.

Quote:

The members of KISS regretfully announce they will not perform at the United We Stand benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on October 21. Lead singer Paul Stanley postponed hip surgery (KISS NEWS reported on October 5) in the hope that the NY band could be a part of the show; however, after starting initial physical preparation, it became apparent that increasing pain and the possibility of further damage would not allow him to meet the intense physical demands of a KISS performance. "Although I know that at this time I cannot deliver what this audience will expect and deserve," Stanley said, "as Americans, and as a band that was born in New York, we stand united with everyone involved in this incredible event."

Pollstar confirmed Kiss' appearance at the benefit show already earlier (KISS NEWS reported with doubts on October 9).

October 12, 2001
KISS BOX SET PRE-ORDERS

Many people are asking, if the Box Set will be available in the KISS FAN SHOP as well. Yes, of course, both versions will be available for pre-order soon. There will be a special offer as soon as the exact price is known. As soon as it becomes available for pre-order, it will be mentioned here in the News.

October 12, 2001
KISS IN AUSTRIAN NEWSPAPER

Already two days ago on October 10, 2001 it was announced in an Austrian newspaper ("Die Kleine Zeitung"), that Kiss will be performing at the benefit-festival in Washington:
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October 12, 2001
KISS CONFIRMES TO PLAY AT BENEFIT FESTIVAL

Kiss have now confirmed through their official website, KISSONLINE, that they will be playing at the United We Stand benefit in Washington DC on October 21st. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

October 11, 2001
ERIC SINGER & BRUCE KULICK "ON TOUR"

Eric Singer is touring with Alice Cooper in the USA for the next few weeks. Click here to check out the exact tourdates. He is not doing the flaming drumsticks trick - he is keeping this for KISS. Bruce Kulick will also play a few shows in the US and Argentina with his band "Union". Check out the tourdates on www.kulick.net. Bruce will be offering personally signed copies of his "Hot Licks" video in the FAN SHOP shortly.


October 9, 2001

SIMMONS, KISS, KING DEEMED "HEROES"

(from www.billboard.com via Tristan Glasey)

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, shock rock act Kiss, and singer/songwriter Carole King will be honored with 2001 New York Heroes Awards, bestowed by the local chapter of the Recording Academy. Also to be honored is Linda Moran, president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and special advisor to the CEO and co-COO of AOL Time Warner.

The four recipients will be celebrated at a Dec. 4 gala at New York's Roosevelt Hotel. Proceeds from the BMI-sponsored event will be donated to charities supporting the families of the World Trade Center rescuers who sacrificed their lives in order to save others.

"The New York Heroes Awards, one of the Recording Academy's most prestigious events, is once again demonstrating the New York Chapter's commitment to service," Recording Academy president/CEO Michael Greene said in a statement. "All of the honorees have made contributions not just to our culture through their endeavors, but have also recognized that with their unique talents come the responsibility to give something back to the community. Through this event, the New York Chapter is raising funds to assist the New York Heroes of the police, fire and emergency services who so selflessly dedicated their lives to save their fellow New Yorkers."

The 2001 quartet of honorees join past Heroes Awards recipients Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Philip Glass, B.B. King, Bernadette Peters, Tito Puente, Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Salt 'N Pepa, Carly Simon, and Billboard's Timothy White and Irv Lichtman. For more information, visit the Recording Academy's official Web site at Grammy.com.

October 9, 2001

KISS BOX SET INFOS (PART 3)

Some more news about the long awaited Box Set are coming in: at the moment it seems that there might even be 3 different KISS Box Sets: the common version retailing in the US for about $ 80,-, the Deluxe version retailing for about $ 220,- and there might be a very, very limited expensive version including a real RIAA Award retailing for roughly about $ 700,- to $ 1.000,-. None of the information is confirmed at the moment. More news are expected from Kiss' record company by tomorrow.

October 9, 2001
CASHIN' IN ON KI$$MA$
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Many companies are putting out their merchandise in time for X-mas. New merchandise include Kiss Alive trading cards, trading card binders with exclusive trading card, very cool Alive! lunchboxes with thermos, Dynasty and Kiss icon rugs, some Kiss cars, Kiss pillows, Gene Simmons autobiography, several new hats and numerous new T-shirts. The new merchandise will be available at the KISS FAN SHOP soon.

October 9, 2001
KISS TO PLAY BENEFIT FESTIVAL?

(from www.pollstar.com via Tristan)
Some of the biggest names in music have signed on for United We Stand, a benefit concert to be held October 21 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Confirmed acts include Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, James Brown, Aaron Carter, Al Green, Ricky Martin, and KISS. More artists are expected to be added in coming days.

The eight-hour festival-style concert will start at noon EST. Tickets go on sale October 12 through Ticketmaster and www.cc.com.

All money raised from United We Stand will benefit the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund, and The Salvation Army Relief Fund.

"Music is a common language that brings people together in times of triumph and sadness," Clear Channel Entertainment Chairman/CEO Brian Becker said on behalf of the show's producers.

"We support the President's call to unity and are extremely proud to contribute in any way we can to help these stellar artists raise money to assist in recovery efforts and to show their support for the military who are risking their lives for our safety."

[note: we heard, that Kiss might not be able to commit to it at the time it is scheduled, so it might not be definately confirmed yet. If they are going to play, they are scheduled to be playing 4 songs with Ace Frehley and Eric Singer]

October 8, 2001
BATTLE OF THE SONGS

In the coming months we are going to find out what the most poular KISS song is. About 1.000 people have already voted for their favorite tune on the first album. There is a tough race between "Deuce" and "Black Diamond". If you have not voted yet, you can still vote for your favorite song from the first album. Click here to vote. Click here to view the results so far. You can also still vote for songs from "Hotter than hell" (see top of the page on the left side). The opinion poll goes on with "Dressed to kill".  What is your favorite song from the Dressed to kill album? Everybody is able to vote only once.

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October 8, 2001
KISS BOX SET INFOS (PART 2)
According to Universal Germany it is not sure yet, if the KISS Box Set will be available in Germany. The problem is the original Logoredonwhite-blackoutline5mm.jpg (974 Byte) logo, which would have to be changed. At the moment there are discussions, if it is worth it to have a special print run for Germany or not. All logos on the CD, in the book and on the box itself would have to be replaced with the censored logo.

October 8, 2001

KISS BOX SET INFOS (PART 1)
According to Universal Austria, both versions of the KISS Box Set will be available in Austria. There is no definite release date yet, but it should be sometime mid November. There should also be some extra tracks in the deluxe edition. It is going to production very soon and there still might be some last minute changes. More infos will be coming on Wednesday.

October 8, 2001
KISS IN THE PRESS
A special Edition of "Classic Rock" will be realeased on October 10, 2001. Kiss will be on the cover and it will feature around 27 pages about Kiss including an interview with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The whole magazine has about 140 pages.

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KISS TOUR SUMMER 2002 ?
Swedish biggest newspaper "Expressen" had a big KISS article in the issue from October 1,2001. It seems that they interviewed KISS-Manager Doc McGhee at a seminar in Manchester in the UK earlier this week, and it looks like KISS are planning to continue their Farewell Tour with shows in South America, Africa and Europe in the summer of 2002. It is said, that the European Tour was delayed, because Paul had hip problems, maybe needed an arthroplasty.

October 5, 2001
KISS: FINAL EPISODE
(from MSN Spain via Carlos Pascual Palomar/Kiss News Spain)
At the music section of MSN Spain appears the next comment on KISS but the interesting is the video that you can enjoy by clicking at the bottom.

Kiss, Final Episode

Almost 30 years of history of a irrepleceable classics of rock and roll seems to finally end with the "Farewell Tour" that is smashing stadiums across the USA. With dozens of hit singles, classic albums and an indelible imprint in the history of 20th century music, Kiss withdraw alarding about the spectacular nature and visual impact of their legend. Select your connection speed to revise a legendary career:

56k (slow connection)

300k (fast connection)

October 4, 2001

KISS: 'THE BOX SET' COMING NOVEMBER 20
(from www.launch.com )
(10/3/01, 1 p.m. ET) -- November 20 is the release date for
Kiss: The Box Set, a career-spanning anthology that features 94 Kiss band and solo recordings across five discs, including 30 previously unreleased band and solo demos, outtakes, and live recordings, including some from the pre-Kiss band Wicked Lester.

The group is offering the set in two configurations: a regular edition, with a standard-issue boxed-set case, and a Special Deluxe Edition, which comes in a replica hard guitar case. Both include a 120-page book with track-by-track commentary, rare photos, and more, although it's a hardcover book the Special Deluxe Edition.

The complete tracklisting for Kiss: The Box Set includes:

Disc One - "Strutter" (demo), "Deuce" (demo), "Keep Me Waiting" (Wicked Lester), "She" (Wicked Lester), "Love Her All I Can" (Wicked Lester), "Let Me Know" (Bell Sound Studios demo), "100,000 Years" (Bell Sound Studios demo), "Stop, Look To Listen" (1968 Paul Stanley demo), "Leeta" (1969 Gene Simmons demo), "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll" (Bell Sound Studios demo), "Acrobat" (live at the Daisy), "Firehouse" (Bell Sound Studios demo), and the album tracks "Nothin' To Lose," "Black Diamond," "Hotter Than Hell," "Strange Ways," "Parasite," "Goin' Blind," "Anything For My Baby," "Ladies In Waiting," and "Rock And Roll All Nite."

Disc Two - live sessions of "C'mon And Love Me Live," "Rock Bottom," "Cold Gin," and "Watchin' You," "Doncha Hesitate" (demo), "Mad Dog" (demo), "God Of Thunder" (demo), "Great Expectations," "Beth," "Do You Love Me," "Bad, Bad Lovin'" (demo, an early version of "Calling Dr. Love"), "Calling Dr. Love," "Mr. Speed" (demo), "Christine Sixteen," "Hard Luck Woman," "Shock Me," "I Stole Your Love," "I Want You" (recorded at a soundcheck), "Love Gun" (demo), and "Love Is Blind" (demo).

Disc Three - "Detroit Rock City," "King Of The Night Time World" (live), "Larger Than Life," "Rocket Ride," "Tonight You Belong To Me," "New York Groove," "Radioactive" (demo), "Don't You Let Me Down," "I Was Made For Lovin' You," "Sure Know Something," "Shandi," "You're All That I Want, You're All That I Need" (demo), "Talk To Me" (live), "A World Without Heroes," "The Oath," "Nowhere To Run," "Creatures Of The Night," "War Machine," and "I Love It Loud."

Disc Four - "Lick It Up," "All Hell's Breaking Loose," "Heaven's On Fire," "Get All You Can Take," "Thrills In The Night," "Tears Are Falling," "Uh! All Night," "Time Traveller" (demo), "Hell Or High Water," "Crazy, Crazy Nights," "Reason To Live," "Let's Put The X In Sex," "Hide Your Heart," "Ain't That Peculiar" (demo)," "Silver Spoon," and "Forever" (single version).

Disc Five - "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II," "Unholy," "Domino" (demo), "Every Time I Look At You," "Comin' Home" (live, from Unplugged), "Got To Choose" (live, from Unplugged), "I Still Love You" (live, from Unplugged), "Nothin' To Lose" (live, from Unplugged), "Childhood's End" (with coda), "I Will Be There," "Psycho Circus," "Into The Void," "Within," "I Pledge Allegiance To The State Of Rock & Roll," "Nothing Can Keep Me From You," "It's My Life" (original version), "Shout It Out Loud" (live), and "Rock And Roll All Night" from the still-unreleased Kiss Alive IV.

-- Bruce Simon, New York

October 4, 2001
NEW FAN PAGES
There are 2 new Fan Pages online:
Kevin Raj (Germany)
Heiko Grabmeier (Germany)

October 4, 2001

SECOND KISS AUCTION IN DECEMBER
(from Jacques van Gool)
Well, if you are still struggling with what you want for Christmas this year-and if you're not satisfied with the upcoming Boxed Set, the new Gene Spencer Doll, the new Trading Card Set, the Coffin or anything else... pencil DECEMBER 6, 2001 in your agenda.

I just today spoke to the Sales Manager of GREG MANNING in New Jersey who handles the KISS 'left overs' and he confirmed that there will be a 2nd KISS AUCTION on December 6, 2001 in NEW YORK. Venue not known yet, but this is 99% confirmed. The auction will be in part "left overs" from last year in addition to " a lot" of new stuff (his words, not mine).

The catalog will be shipped in about 4 -5 weeks from now, they're pulling everything together as we speak...

Thought you might appreciate the 'insight'...

October 4, 2001

FREHLEY'S FURY
(from "gossip-section" of  www.nypost.com via Gordon Gebert)
The following has been printed online at the New York Post - PAGE SIX ("gossip-section") on October 3, 2001. Article By RICHARD JOHNSON with PAULA FROELICH and CHRIS WILSON:

ACE Frehley had a rough night Saturday. First, the KISS guitarist showed up minus makeup at the Friars Roast of Hugh Hefner with a black eye (given to him by his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend). Frehley then suffered the indignity of having his coveted seat on the dais stolen by Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling, forcing him to sit in the audience. Later, Frehley and his daughter Monique, 21, joined Hef, his harem of hotties, and Rob Schneider at Spa, where a drunken clubgoer groped and tried to kiss Monique. Frehley, his patience shot, responded by punching the guy in the face.

Click here to read the original story at nypost.com

October 3, 2001
INTERVIEW WITH C.K. LENDTChrisLendtGeneMaracana1983backstage.gif (5501 Byte)
C.K. Lendt is well known to many Kiss fans. He was Vice President of Glickman/Marks Management, business managers for Kiss. He traveled around the world with Kiss handling their business and financial affairs and attending nearly 800 concerts in 25 countries. In 1997 he published
Kiss and Sell through Billboard Books in the US. It includes many unbelievable stories. This book became a huge seller in the US and has now been published in Japan (picture shows C.K. Lendt with Gene Simmons backstage at Maracana stadium in Brazil 1983). Read the interview here.

October 3, 2001
KISS BOX SET INFOS
(from Hard Radio via Kiss Kollector)
The KISS boxset has been moved back a month from November to December. The package has also been expanded from four to five discs. There will be two versions released. A deluxe version will be housed in a full-size guitar case-shaped box which will be made in China (totals required have been compiled and sent to China, so all territories will receive an allotment). This will retail for around $200 U.S. The regular version will retail for around $150. Plans to put a gold disc in the deluxe version are still up in the air.

October 3, 2001
NEW KISS MERCHANDISE
Just in time for X-mas a series of new Kiss merchandise will see the day of light. A Kiss box set (in 2 variations), several Kiss cars and the official Gene Simmons autobiography amongst other products will be released soon.