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September 29, 2003
TOMMY THAYER VISITING GIBSON
(from Jan Laursen/Kiss News Denmark)
Click here to see Tommy Thayer visiting the Gibson headquarters!!

September 29, 2003

BRUCE KULICK & PSYCHO CIRCUS
(from www.melodicrock.com )
Bud Mitch Lafon e-mailed in this interesting update. Bruce Kulick admitted (during a Q&A) at the Montreal Kiss convention today (Sept 28th) - that he played guitar on a great deal of Kiss reunion album Psycho Circus. It's interesting to note that this is probably the first time, he's publicly admitted doing so. In all press, interview, etc in the past he vehemently denied it.

September 27, 2003

KISS PARTY MELBOURNE 18-10-2003
(from Nicola Ciccarone)
THE GERSHWIN ROOM @ THE ESPLANADE
11 Upper Esplanade, ST.KILDA, VIC
www.theesplanadehotel.com.au
ENQUIRIES (03) 9534-0211
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT $12.00 PER HEAD
6.00 PM  till  LATE

THE MAIN HAPPENINGS OF THE DAY ARE:

KISS VIDEOS
SHOWN ON BIG SCREEN  WITH UNRELEASED TV AND LIVE FOOTAGE

KISS MERCHANDISE
...THERE WILL BE LOTS OF STANDS OVERLOADED WITH KISS MEMORABILIA
DVDs  will be available for sale

And if you want to sell part of your collection (max 20 items per person)
please get in touch with Nicola Ciccarone and ask him for details
(03-9383-2555 - nico@nicostrike.com)

THE KISS AUCTION
...If you have an interesting item that you want to auction, please get in
touch with Nicola Ciccarone and ask him for details (03-9383-2555 -
nico@nicostrike.com)

* PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY WITH SOME KISS KOMPETITIONS:
THE KISS QUIZ SHOW!
...test your KISS knowledge with multimedia Trivia
KISS KARAOKE
...test your vocal chords with brand new KISS songs!
BEST MAKE-UP COMPETITION
BEST KISS TATTOOS COMPETITION
LONGEST TONGUE COMPETITION
PRIZES INCLUDE VARIOUS KISS MERCHANDISE from the KISS ARMY INTERNATIONAL
shop

LIVE IN CONCERT:
KISSTERIA!!
www.kissteria.com.au
+ SPECIAL GUEST:
THE SHINE
www.theshine.com.au

For more information e-mail NICOLA CICCARONE - nico@nicostrike.com


September 25, 2003

ERIC SINGER ON NEW ALICE COOPER CD
(from Andreas Balzer)
I bought the new Alice Cooper CD. Eric plays drums on the CD and it also includes 2 group shots with Eric.

September 24, 2003

GENE SIMMONS' FINANCIAL KISS-AND-TELL
(from Larry Getlen/www.bankrate.com via Russell)
KISS began life as a band that scared parents and thrilled a generation by mixing circus-like showmanship and horror-film danger with good ol' '70s power-chord rock 'n' roll. Thirty years later, KISS is nothing less than an American classic. The band has earned more gold records -- 24 -- than any American band in history, and bassist/vocalist/demon Gene Simmons can take much of the credit.

While the drum and lead guitar seats in the band have seen members come and go over the years, Simmons and partner Paul Stanley have been there throughout, and have turned KISS into not just a band, as Simmons likes to say, but a brand. KISS holds more than 2,000 licenses, including everything from comic books and credit cards to condoms and caskets. And while the Israeli-born Simmons, who fell in love with American pop culture as a boy and prides himself on having achieved the American Dream, turned KISS into a business empire, his other ventures have made him a mogul in his own right even beyond his band's achievements.

Simmons' pop culture magazine, Gene Simmons' Tongue, celebrates the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. He has a record label, Simmons Records, and a book imprint, Simmons Books. His first book on that imprint was his own Sex Money Kiss, a book that espouses his virtually Puritan work ethic and business philosophies. He also has a cartoon show about his life as a rock 'n' roll dad called My Dad, the Rock Star, which just debuted on Teletoons, Canada's Cartoon Network.

But right now, Simmons is focusing on the KISS/Aerosmith tour, which he says is shaping up to be one of the year's biggest, and "KISS Symphony: Alive IV," the latest KISS CD and DVD releases. Both formats document KISS' performance with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which performed with the band while adorned in full KISS makeup. And, the CD was the first release on KISS Records, the new label the band runs in conjunction with the Sanctuary Records Group.

Bankrate spoke with Simmons, and received some stream-of-consciousness insight into his business philosophies.

Bankrate: How do you decide whether or not to take on a business venture?

Gene Simmons: The deal has to make sense. The aesthetic should pull the heartstrings. The word "cool" is bandied about often enough. NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association, the NHRA, are cool, and go to the heart of what America is about. So that's why we have KISS cars, and why I was the grand marshal of both two years in a row. Visa cards, corporate credit cards -- as far as I'm concerned that's about as cool as you can get. Corporate America is cool. People hate to admit it, but what's cooler than Starbucks and Coca-Cola? We buy their products and we love them.

Bankrate: With all your businesses, is there anything you turn down?

Gene Simmons: Cigarettes and hard booze. Those are two products I don't personally use, and that's something we can't have on our conscience -- somebody's health problems. But other than that, I'm happy to put KISS on almost anything. We even have KISS Kaskets.

Bankrate: Because we all have to die?
[read the rest]

September 23, 2003
LIVE-PHOTOS
(from Chad Lee)
Hello there
Thought you all may like to see some photos I shot at the Alpine Valley Kiss show a couple weeks ago. You can view them here...  http://www.rockconcertfotos.com/kiss03S2/frameset.htm
enjoy

September 23, 2003
KISS EXPO HOLLAND WITH MARK ST. JOHN
(from Joop van Pelt/KISS Kollector Fanclub)
The annual KISS Kollector Expo takes place this year on Sunday, October 26. Taking place at Plato in Helmond this time, the special guest is former KISS leadguitarist Mark St John, who played on the successful Animalize album from 1984.  Mark will do a Question & Answer session, pose for photos and sign autographs, and play 3 songs with the cover band. For more info please check out http://kiss.animalize.com which has been updated again the other day, as we finally found a new webmaster.

September 22, 2003

C
ONCERT-PHOTOS
(from Hannes Lenhardt)
Here you can find some photos of the Aerosmith/KISS-concerte in West Palm Beach - Florida: http://community.webshots.com/album/90545389WeALkG


September 20, 2003

ACE NEWS!

(from Hannah Scharon)
I have just read on www.imdb.com, that Ace Frehley will take part in the movie "Remedy", as an actor and also as music composer.
Link: http://german.imdb.com/title/tt0375008/combined


September 20, 2003

KISS IN THE PRESS

Aloha magazine (September 2003, Holland) features 4 pages on Kiss and Guitar World magazine (October 2003) includes a 4-page interview with Tommy Thayer and an ad for the Paul Stanley Silvertone Guitars.

September 19, 2003
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(from Joop van Pelt/Kiss Kollector Fanclub)
The November issue of KISS Kollector magazine is in the works now, as it will already come out in October because of the October 26 KISS Kollector Expo at Plato in Helmond. Issue 46 includes reports on the KISS/Aerosmith tour, reviews of the upcoming official biography Behind The Mask, an exclusive interview with Ken Sharp (one of the authors of the official biography), reviews of Gene's Sex Money KISS book as well as the updated version of his autobiography, reviews of KISS related albums, a narrative on former KISS pyrotechnician John Watkins along with photos from his personal KISS belongings, our annual memorial tribute to the late Eric 'The Fox' Carr, and much more.

September 19, 2003

KISS IN THE PRESS
The October-issue of German "Metal Heart" magazine includes a poster of Kiss.

September 19, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY DVD #1
Kiss entered the US-DVD Charts at Number 1. Click here to see the Charts according to Billboard.

September 19, 2003

KISS NEWS
The concert in Virginia Beach had been cancelled due to bad weather.  Kiss are playing in average for about 20.000 fans, at the sold out Hershey Park Stadium even 29.000 people showed up to see them.

September 18, 2003

GENE SIMMONS BANNED FROM BORDERS BOOKSTORES
(from Russell)
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Cindy Adams of The New York Post that he's been banned from making appearances at Borders bookstores to sign copies of his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". Borders says it's because the events at his past appearances were all too wild, raunchy and vulgar. "[Is it] my fault women come in and lift their tops or stick their butts in my face for me to autograph? " Gene, 54, asked. "The book's 'Sex, Money, Kiss' not 'The New Testament'. The title I really wanted was, 'Women Are From Mars, Men Have Penises'," Simmons explained. "See, bookstores are quiet places. The first word you learn there is 'Ssshhh.' They're not equipped for a party atmosphere. My fans aren't swinging from chandeliers, but they're enthusiastic and often in cleavage. And I give them my all. I take photos with them, don't take bathroom breaks, and I stay for hours until the very last person."


September 16, 2003

calendar2004Danilo.gif (4652 Byte)OFFICIAL KISS CALENDAR 2004
The new official Danilo Kiss calendar 2004 can now be pre-ordered in the Fan Shop.

September 15, 2003

WORLD'S LONGEST TONGUE
(from Hannes Lenhardt)
Click here to see the world's longest tongue.
You can see other curiosities here:
http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=8685
http://www.strangecosmos.com/view.adp?picture_id=11337


September 15, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY DVD RELEASE
The Release of the KISS Symphony DVD has been pushed back yet another week to September 22nd, 2003 in the most Eurpean countries.

September 15, 2003
MONTREAL KISS EXPO
(from Patrick Demontigny)
KISS FANS! Only two weeks before the BIG day! The 5th annual Montreal KISS expo is all set to take place on September 28, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Midtown located at 420 Sherbrooke street West in downtown Montreal. This location got the fans’ stamp of approval last year and we are stoked to do the expo there again this year! Show starts at 11:00 am and ends at 7:00p.m. This will be our most exciting show to date.

-This year’s special guest is former KISS guitarist BRUCE KULICK! Bruce will be on hand to sign autographs and will do an extensive Q and A session and telling fans all about his new projects! His awesome new CD, Transfomer, will also be available at the show! Bruce is looking forward to seeing all his fans here so don’t miss out! Also set to appear, KISS and Tell book author Gordon Gebert. Montreal’s own Phantoms of the Park will pay tribute to the hottest band in the land in full makeup and costume!

-We are also very pleased to announce that Sanctuary Records has supplied us with awesome ALIVE IV promo goodies for give-aways, including the brand new KISS SYMPHONY DVD! The KISS look-alike contest is once again part of this exciting day. Dress up as your favourite KISS member and win great prizes! Tickets are 15.00$ Canadian at the door. VERY few laminated VIP passes left. HURRY as these passes are NOT available for sale the day of the show, only in advance! In case you didn’t know, these passes allow you to get in at 10:15 am instead of 11:00 am and get a first look at rare KISS merchandise for sale and maybe meet a special guest or two! HOURLY door prizes too! Children under 12 with paying adult get in for FREE!

-Free KISS SYMPHONY promo poster for the first 100 fans through the door!

-The best dealers in KISS merchandise will be present all day with killer KISS collectibles, including a few fans selling their personal collections so this is a good time to find that missing piece for your own collection!

-KISS museum display with super rare KISS items as well! HOURLY door prizes! This year’s show will be our biggest and best one yet! If you liked our past shows, you will absolutely love this one. This show is put together by fans for fans. As die-hards ourselves, we are very dedicated to make this show better than the previous ones! Check out our web site at www.kissexpo.com or call the Montreal KISS Expo hotline at 450-348-4900 for any question or VIP reservations or dealer table information! See you all there and tell your friends about us!

September 14, 2003

BATTLE OF THE SONGS
After a long break the opinion poll is back and we are going to find out what the most poular KISS song is. The opinion poll continues with "Ace Frehley".  What is your favorite song from this album? Everybody is able to vote only once, othewise you will be punished by Britney Spears...
 

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Click here to Vote for your favorite song of other albums!

September 14, 2003
KISS AND SELL

(from TCPalm.com)
On the road with Aerosmith, Gene Simmons talks about the year's biggest rock 'n' roll juggernaut

By Bill DeYoung Entertainment editor
September 12, 2003

Dinosaurs can still shake the earth.

Kiss and Aerosmith -- two admittedly long-in-the-tooth rock 'n' roll bands -- are showing the youngsters how it's done.

The co-headlining "Rocksimus Maximus" tour, which stops at Sound Advice Amphitheatre tonight, is doing better business than any other road show this year.

"What's great about this is, the fans win," says Gene Simmons, whose demonic Kiss costume and lascivious tongue are better known than much of his band's music. The band's bass player and public spokesman has been selling Kiss for 30 years, and he's part hypnotist, part carnival barker when he's on a roll.

"There are no two American bands, certainly, that have scaled higher heights. For one thing, Aerosmith continues to do well, decade after decade, and Kiss is the No. 1 gold record champion of all time, of any American group."

Calling from a tour stop in Chicago, the 54-year-old Simmons says the two groups are old friends. "It's a mutual admiration society," he explains. "Where most bands would get up onstage and it would be like Holyfield/Tyson, biting body parts off, it's nothing like that with us. Everybody gets along great."
[read the rest]


September 9, 2003

KISS SYMPHONY DVD

(from Paul Schibli)
Today I bought the Alive 4 - Symphony - DVD in Switzerland. I have attached some photos. It also includes a 12-page booklet with great photos.
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September 7, 2003

NEW KISS STUDIO ALBUM?

Paul Stanley mentions a possible new studio album after this tour in a recent article on Yahoo. Read here.

September 7, 2003

ROCK FAN DIES TRYING TO SNEAK INTO CONCERT

(from www.ohio.com)
Cleveland man collapses on steep embankment on Blossom property

Beacon Journal staff writer

A rock music fan collapsed and died Wednesday night as he climbed a steep embankment to sneak into the Aerosmith and Kiss concert.

David A. Hitsman, 29, of Cleveland could not be revived after being rescued from the embankment near Blossom Music Center.

Hitsman and two other men were trying to enter the concert without paying. The tickets ranged from $50 to $125.

Sheriff's Capt. Larry Momchilov said the three friends walked through woods near Blossom about 8 p.m. and eventually arrived at a steep embankment. The men planned to climb the embankment to reach a fenced area that would lead them into the concert.

``(Hitsman) started up and ran out of breath,'' Momchilov said. ``He couldn't do it. He was starting to complain about chest pains and leg pains.''

The other climbers went for help. An emergency crew rushed to the scene and rescued the man from the embankment, but he had stopped breathing.

It is not clear whether Hitsman had a medical condition or was taking medication.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has not ruled on the cause of death.

The incident remains under investigation.

``We're obviously deeply saddened for the loss to the family,'' said Blossom general manager David Carlucci. ``We don't have all of the information at this point. Our staff is cooperating with everyone to complete the investigation.''

The area where Hitsman and his friends were is undeveloped Blossom property that is not open to the public.

September 6, 2003
ALIVE IV IN THE GERMAN CHARTS

Alive IV dropped from # 67 to # 98 in the 5th week in the German album-charts.

September 3, 2003

UPDATES

The following pages have been updated: Fan Page, Tattoos, Tribute-Bands, Line-up. There was also an update on the WANTED-pages
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wild college girlsSeptember 3, 2003
GENE PHOTOS

(from Alex Fedotov)
Click here to see photos of Gene with naked girls.

September 3, 2003

INTERVIEW WITH TOMMY THAYER

(from Vladimir Iljin)
On July 22nd, 2003 I did an interview with Tommy Thayer. Read here.

September 3, 2003

KISS EXPOS

(from Rikk)
Kiss conventions 2003 - with special guest : Mark St. John
Sat. Oct 25th  Nottingham (UK) Rock City
Sun. Oct 26th Helmond (NL) Plato


September 2, 2003

ROCKWALK

(from Reini)
At www.rockwalk.com you can find some contributions about Ace, Eric
(Carr), Peter and KISS (with Bruce and Eric Singer). Including introduction and some nice photos.