Wednesday, December 31, 2008
(photo credit: Lydia Criss/SWAK)
I'd like to wish all of my readers a very happy, healthy, safe and rockin' New Year 2009! We have so much to look forward to as KISS fans this coming year. A new KISS album is coming our way along with a tour of USA and Europe in the Spring and Summer. ACE FREHLEY's new album will be hitting our earwaves (and hopefully a tour!) along with new albums from BRUCE KULICK, TOD HOWARTH and a rockin' tour of Europe from the ERIC SINGER PROJECT!
There will be more GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS as well as more paintings and gallery showings from our premire frontman/artist PAUL STANLEY! It's going to be a fantastic year to be a KISS fan.
I'd like to thank everyone for their support over the year as we just started the Webzine back in June (after a 20 year anniversary since the first publication of KISS MASK MAGAZINE in 1988) and have become one of the main sources for KISS news, interviews, features, archives, video and photo. Expect a lot more from KISS MASK WEBZINE as we will not only feature archival interviews but new interviews, rare photos and videos. It's only just begun...
THANK YOUS- I'd like to thank: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Eric Carr & EricCarr.com, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, Bruce Kulick, Vinnie Vincent, Bill Aucoin, Tod Howarth, Rafael Moreira, Nate Morton, John Corabi, Chuck Garric, Doc Mcghee, Melissa Madden, Carol Kaye/Kayos Productions, Lydia Criss, Richie Fontana, Gigi Criss, Keith LeRoux & KissOnLine, Matt, Amy & Julia Porter, Anthony Porter & his band Clashing Plaid, Mark Cooper, Fabio "Deuce", Steve Stierwalt/Kiss ArmyWarehouse, Blabbermouth.com, Bravewords.com, MelodicRock.com, Partyman, Kiss777 (Don), Demon (at Kiss USA Message Board),
PaulsSouthernGirl (Linda)& Kiss Fan Site Yuku (Everyone!), Kiss News USA Fan Message Board (Everyone!), Kiss United (Everyone!), George at Kiss Army Australia, Diamant Noir French Kiss Army, Kiss Killers Brazil, French Kiss Journal, Kiss On Fire, Kiss Related Recordings, PollStar, SplitScreen Entertianment, A&E Network, Universal Records and everyone at MySpace!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Music video games are selling songs faster than labels
By RYAN NAKASHIMATHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES -- "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhead.
Her tribute is intentionally ludicrous: The 30-year-old veterinarian is about to belt out "Call Me," which Harry -- fronting the group Blondie -- released 28 years ago. Accompanied on fake guitars and drums by three Web programmers who drove in from the refinery-dotted coastal suburb of El Segundo, Hsuan launches in as a smoke machine puffs nearby.
They're playing the video game "Rock Band 2," which along with "Guitar Hero" is rocking bars and living rooms across the country. Many songs' sales have more than doubled after release in one of the games, and well-known bands have started lining up to provide new music direct to the game makers. Now record labels -- noticing what they are missing, and struggling as compact disc sales tumble -- are looking for a bigger piece of the action.
Read the rest at http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/393128_musicgames22.html
KISS, "Detroit Rock City" (1976), Casablanca, released on "Rock Band": 3,400 downloads, up 89 percent.
Guns N' Roses, "Welcome to the Jungle" (1987), Geffen, released on "Guitar Hero III" Oct. 27, 2007: 38,000 downloads, up 153 percent.
Pat Benatar, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (1980), Chrysalis, released on "Guitar Hero III": 9,800 downloads, up 180 percent.
Aerosmith, "Dream On" (1973), Columbia, released on "Guitar Hero III": 10,000 downloads, up 15 percent.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Suck My Kiss" (1992), Warner Bros., released on "Guitar Hero III": 3,900 downloads, up 200 percent.
Nirvana, "In Bloom" (1992), DGC, released on "Rock Band," Nov. 20, 2007: 9,000 downloads, up 543 percent.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
It's been revealed on the official
website of Eric Carr a limited
run of 250 figures will be
available. Go to EricCarr.com
The design is based on the 1980
"KISS FANTASY" poster from
The figure sells for $34.95 + $18.99 shipping/handling per figure.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ace will appear on That Metal Show tonight at 11pm (EST) on VH1 Classic.
Ace launched his official website this week http://www.acefrehley.com/home/
Kiss (February 18, 1974)
Hotter Than Hell (October 22, 1974)
Dressed to Kill (March 19, 1975)
Alive! (September 10, 1975)
Destroyer (March 15, 1976)
Rock and Roll Over (November 11, 1976)
Love Gun (June 30, 1977)
Alive II (November 29, 1977)
Dynasty (May 23, 1979)
Kiss Unplugged (March 12, 1996)
Psycho Circus (September 22, 1998)
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (July 22, 2003)
Peter Criss (September 18, 1978)
Out of Control (September 1980)
Let Me Rock You (May 1982)
Cat #1 (August 16, 1994)
One for All (July 24, 2007)
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
BRUCE KULICK TAKING PART IN HOLLYWOOD ROCK N' ROLL FANTASY CAMP 2009-
Former and present members of Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Yes, Kiss, the Stray Cats, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice Cooper's and Paul McCartney's bands will take part in next year's Hollywood edition of Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp, which will take place April 29-May 3.
This year's camp "counselor" lineup includes Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Mark Farner (ex-Grand Funk Railroad) Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Alan White (Yes), Rusty Anderson (McCartney), Teddy Andreadis (ex-GNR and Alice Cooper) and songwriter/producer Mark Hudson, who's worked with Ringo Starr, Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne.Camp organizer David Fishof promises some "special guests," while celebrity chef Guy Fieri will prepare the opening night meal.As in previous years, the campers will organize into bands and record an original song at Capitol Studios with Eddie Kramer, as well as play as part of a concert at the Whisky A Go Go. This year's camp will also feature a companion package offering music lessons, dinners and access to the camp activities for plus-ones.
Registration has opened at RockCamp.com, with a $500 discount for those signing up before Dec. 22.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Courtesy: L.A. Derby Dolls
Gene on guitar, Sophie and Shannon singing the National Anthem at the LA DERBY DOLLS match Saturday, December 13, 2008.
About The LA Derby Dolls: Founded in September 2003, the L.A. Derby Dolls is the premiere all-female, banked-track, quad-skating rock 'n' roller derby league in the Southern California area. Athletic and alluring, the L.A. Derby Dolls strive to be the fastest, most fearless ladies in fishnets. Within the league there are four teams: The Fight Crew, The Sirens, The Tough Cookies, and the Varsity Brawlers. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful do not be fooled by appearances - the L.A. Derby Dolls only skate pure, unscripted, real roller derby. For more information please visit:www.derbydolls.com/la.
Northern Light Orchestra musicians:Vocals: Phil Bardowell (Beach Boys, Magdalen) Bob Carlisle ("Butterfly Kisses") Eddie James (Gospel Singer) Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson) Robin Mcauley (Survivor) Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) Rose Stone (Sly And The Family Stone).Guitars: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel) Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords) Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore) Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad) Bill Leverty (Firehouse) George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob) Elliot Randell (Steely Dan).Bass: David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5) Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge)Drums: Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords)Strings: Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper)Keys: Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
What are you doing in most recent days? Do you feel to hit the road again?
I'm writing and recuperating. Writing great songs with Paul, Gene and Adam (Mitchell) and mending my collar bone. It broke in a car accident. I wasn't in one though! A car hit me crossing a street.
(Editor's Note: Bruce broke his collar bone after being hit by a car, over the summer, while in Los Angeles during a break with KISS.)
What do you enjoy/hate most about touring?
...Love playing for our fans. A new city every day.
What are some projects that you would like to do while in KISS? Outside of KISS?
Maybe some session work, writing music and produce some bands.
How long have you known each member of KISS?
Paul the longest... ten years or so. Eric and Gene six years.
What has been the most valuable lesson learned (so far) in KISS?
Go for it and burn! Do what you're great at, the best you can.
Can you sing well? Do you think you'll get a chance to sing (lead) while in KISS?
Not really. My backround singing is a help, but the lead singing stays in the shower!
What KISS songs are you most proud of co-writing?
"King of the Mountian," "Hell Or High Water," "No,No,No."
Whom do you have the best relationship with in KISS?
All members about the same, although Eric and I get to spend a lot of time together.
Do you plan on producing other artists?
Yes. The first group I worked with 'Electric Angels' will be singed to Atlantic Records soon!!
What do you see in KISS' future?
More albums, tours and lots of fun with the guys and our fans.
What was it like to play in MeatLoaf?
We toured for a year. What an extreme personality so I learned a lot.
What are your fondest memories of playing in BlackJack?
Opening for Peter Frampton for thousands of screaming girls!!
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Bruce was born
December 12, 1953
in Brooklyn, NY.
Bands: KISS, Blackjack, Union,
MeatLoaf, Eric Singer Project,
Grand Funk Railroad, Good Rats.
Other work:Don Johnson: Let It Roll (1989)Eric Carr: Rockology (2000) Produced by Bruce Kulick.KISS Tribute Spin The Bottle (2004)Gene Simmons: Asshole (2004)Bruce and Bob Kulick: KISS Forever (2005) KISS Instructional DVDLordi: The Arockalypse (2006)Paul Stanley: Live to Win (2006)
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Singer: I call it the "Drummer Olympics." It's like who can be the fastest human in the race. I gotta say, there are some amazing drummers nowadays. I think the reason is that nowadays they have much better tools to learn from than when I grew up. At that time we didn't have DVDs, videos, MTV and all these instruction tapes and private lessons. Now you can go and take lessons from some of these drummers by buying their instruction DVDs, using computer programs. Now you have all this best information available to you. These kids have a lot of great learning tools nowadays. I also realized that I never had the ambition to be faster than everybody. That is not important to me. I leave it up to the guys that enjoy it. When I see it, I am blown away by these guys' fantastic technique. I admire what they do but it is not something that I aspire to do.
Fury Rocks: You grew up during the beat generation. In that time, the drums were recorded with only two microphones and the sound was, let's say, slight. Nowadays drummers have much more possibilities. Where do you see further capabilities?
Singer: I was influenced by a lot of '60s music, but probably more by the '70s stuff. I was born 1958 so by the time the early '70s were around, I was a teenager. That's the age when music has the most impact. Well, I think everybody should explore whatever different styles and technologies that they like. For me, I still like the idea of just playing real drums and live in a band. In some bands it works good with backing tracks or loops, you know, especially in bands like those of MADONNA and BEYONCÉ. Something like this would have these really big productions on record and to reproduce it live you almost have to do it. And also they have everything with the lights synchronized with the computers and with the dancers, it is very important to keep in. To me, one of the most important things in rock 'n' roll is the human aspect. You know, playing the instruments and keeping it real and live. The beauty is, sometimes you are not having such a good night and you make mistakes. But the great thing is, when you play the next show you have the chance to make it better or try something different and experiment. And that's the beauty of playing live drums. To me, you can't reinvent the wheel. I mean, a drummer is basically a drummer. The function of a drummer in the band is to hold the beat and to provide the rhythm. A drummer like Terry Bozzio really took drumming to another level and created it more to an individual voice of an instrument, he has done some incredible things like making drums an instrument that is not just only there to keep time. But that's not the kind of drummer I am. I enjoy just playing live in a band and doing my part of creating this chemistry of sound.
Read the entire interview from Fury Rocks.
"KISS My Ass
Before Gene Simmons, before the Hollywood Walk of Fame, KISS was just another all-black arena rock band from New Orleans."
Check out this hilarious spoof on KISS. Watch the clip-
Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Kiss has reversed course and decided to hit the studio next year to record its first new album since 1998's "Psycho Circus." Guitarist Paul Stanley will produce.
In recent years, bassist Gene Simmons has been vocal about his lack of enthusiasm about making a new album, which he attributes to the state of the business.
"The record industry is in such a mess," he told Billboard in November 2007. "There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?"
In 2006, Stanley told Billboard making a new Kiss album in the shadow of the band's classic repertoire would be a formidable challenge. "The fact is, [fans] may tolerate the new songs, but it's the old ones you want to hear," he said. "I think Jimmy Page and Robert Plant found that out. The [Rolling] Stones certainly know it. The Who certainly know it. So unless you're willing to go into the studio accepting that how your album will be received will never match your expectations, I'm not sure it's worth the effort."
Stanley admitted complete control would change his mind. "I would consider doing it if I could do it the way I wanted to do it," he explained, adding that his 2006 solo album "Live To Win" confirmed how he'd "like music to sound that I'm a part of. To do another Kiss album, I would not be willing to compromise my point of view perhaps as much as I have in recent years."
It's unknown how Kiss will distribute the album, which will feature original members Stanley and Simmons alongside guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.Following its 35th anniversary tour, which primarily played Europe this summer, Kiss is expected to hit North America at some point in 2009.
Below is a link to Paul's interview on San Diego's KUSI TV News while in La Jolla, CA., for his art showing at Wentworth, discussing KISS doing a new album and a tour of the US and Europe-
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
KISSMAS PARTY IN SYDNEY!
It's the season to Rock 'N' Roll All Nite with
fellow members of the KISS ARMY!
The KISS ARMY Australia will hold a Sydney
KISSMAS Party at 8PM on Saturday, December 20
at the Forest Inn 4467 Forest Rd, Bexley , NSW.
The fan run event features an unplugged set from KISS Tribute band,
KISSTERIA, trivia & prizes and official KISS merchandise!
For more information click on link
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Here is an updated list of dates for ESP
Feb. 06 - Kaiserslautern, Germany - Fritz Walter Stadion
Feb. 07 - Freiburg, Germany - Brauerei Ganther
Feb. 08 - Oberhausen, Germany - Schilderhalle
Feb. 09 - Uden, Holland - The Nieuwe Pul
Feb. 10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Retro Hall
Feb. 13 - Roncade, Italy - New Age Club
Feb. 14 - Pinarella di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet Club
Feb. 16 - Verviers, Belgium - Route 66
Feb. 17 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerke
Feb. 18 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Feb. 20 - Bergen, Norway - Garage Club
Feb. 21 - Jevnaker, Norway - Glassheim
Feb. 22 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi Club
Promo trailer for ESP's "LIVE AT HE MARQUEE" DVD:
L.A. Derby Dolls Banked Track All-Star Exhibition Roller Derby: L.A. Ri-Ettes Vs. Santa's Little Helpers.
Saturday, December 13th, 2008Times: Doors at 6:00 pm at 1910 Temple St., Los Angeles, 90026.
Tickets: $20 general admission (ride your bike and get a $2 discount!); $40 for VIPPre-sale tickets: www.derbydolls.com/la/Parking: General parking available for $8 at City Of Angels Medical Center, 1711 West Temple, Temple and Union, one block from venue.
Featuring: Sophie Tweed-Simmons singing the National Anthem as her father, co-founder of the legendary band KISS, GENE SIMMONS accompanies her on bass guitar.
Monster Circus (featuring Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, John Corabi, Tony Montana and Bobby Rock, with special guest Dee Snider), will be appearing Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at The Las Vegas Hilton.
Doors open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be collected by the National Guard as part of the Toys For Tots campaign. If you would like to bring canned goods those will also be donated to families in need with the support of the National Guard.
By FISH GRIWKOWSKY
Gene Simmons, ever the promotional multitasker. Paid and flown in to E-town to cut the ribbon on a new Future Shop while simultaneously promoting his new Guitar Hero axe, he's also in the city to scout new talent for his record label.
Simmons sees himself as an early prospector of our country's untapped, future musical gold mine, internationally.
Working with Universal, he wants to find bands who posses both that undefinable "it" but also the egoless willingness to let an experienced rocker like him call not just some, but all the important shots.
KISS WILL HIT EDMONTON
In a sit-down interview at the Hotel Mac Friday, he reminisced, threw a proposal to take over the NHL's marketing on the table and confirmed a number of basics. KISS will be touring again this summer and back in Edmonton as soon possible - one of their very first gigs as a band was at the U of A, after all.
Repeatedly referring to himself as someone who sees the big picture, I asked him what he would do if he was president of the United States.
With some shocking and fascinating ideas, the bass legend with the giant tongue did the rest of the talking.
"You couldn't pay me enough. Because a lot of people would try to knock me off. Because I don't give a s---. I have a Schwarzeneggerian point of view. Which is if you have enough money to say, to do ... what you think is right that you're elected for, there are no political repercussions and you don't care. Not about your party, not about anything.
Read the rest at:
Video of Gene in Edmonton:
Sunday, December 7, 2008
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
*As a tribute to the rock group known as the "Hottest Band in the Land," the KISS KOLLECTION from I-DOG rock loud and proud
*Just plug these rockin' puppies into your music player and listen while they play your music through their built-in speakers or your headphones
*Try placing i-Dog near a speaker, then press his nose and watch him move as he grooves to the beat. He even changes his mood to suit your music
*Play something new and he will entertain you with expressive movements and flashing LED lights that change color
*Watch his ears move and groove as he rocks out to your favorite tunes
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS on A&E!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
(NEXT KISS MASK ARCHIVE INTERVIEWS: In celebration of their birthdays in the month of December, KISS MASK will present the CATMAN, PETER CRISS and BRUCE KULICK! STARTING NEXT WEEK ON KISS MASK WEBZINE!)
Today I've the pleasure to introduce you my buddy J. Frank Hagan. Frank is currently running a great weblog KISSMASKWEBZINE born in June 2008, but his KISS jobs are really a little bit older.
Hi Frank, let's talk about KISSMASK, the fanzine!.
I started the fanzine in 1988. It was around the time when there were about twenty five KISS fanzines going at one time. So many that KISS gave us all credit on the "Hot In The Shade" album and KISSTORY. I loved doing it because I was in the printing business and one of my jobs was proof-reading as well. I met an enormous amount of people through KISS MASK and made a lot of good friends through that 'zine. It was a very exciting experience. Now through the webzine I meet cool people such as yourself. So, through the band I still continue to make good friends.
You came out with great interviews (I recently translated the one with Eric Carr).Can you tell us your impression about the KISS member you've met?
Although I've met Gene and Paul many times, I've never interviewed neither. Eric Carr was just so cool. I can't say enough things about him. He was very supportive of KISS MASK from the begining. So was Bruce Kulick, always there. Ace was hilarious. My interview with him was a laugh a minute. I'm not so sure he wasn't buzzed when I interviewed him. Peter was also very cool. Very accomodating. I've met both Ace and Peter many times. It's always a treat being around them. One of the most interesting interviews for me was Bill Aucoin. He is very informative and honest. Eddie Kramer is fascinating to say the least I know Bill and Eddie are not KISS members, but they are so important to the history of KISS.
You are also known as Wildwoodkiss75 in some KISS forums, would you like to tell our Italian friends the nice story behind that?
I first saw the KISS in Wildwood, NJ in 1975. I wasn't supposed to see the band. My mom saw KISS on the Mike Douglass Show and forbid me to see them. She didn't know what to make of them. I was actually at the Jersey Shore that summer in nearby Cape May and my brother was going to the show. He got me in and we never told me mom until later when I was older. Ever since that time in Wildwood, I was hooked on KISS. My one brother was into the Doors. My other brother was into Led Zeppelin and I had KISS! I had no idea they were recording the show until later on. I believe they used "Black Diamond" from Wildwood, NJ. So that's where I got my screen name.You are a photographer right?Yes I am. I have not only photographed KISS but also Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, among others. I love photographing KISS. They are so animated. They give you great poses. They really know how to work a photo.
Coming back to the web, you know your weblog is one of my daily readings, why did you decide to come back with a fanzine (on line this time)?
Thanks! I read yours too on a daily basis! There is so much activity on the web. I really missed writing about my favorite band. I worked with several fanzines after I folded MASK. With MASK, I just didn't have the time for it anymore. And I still continue to write and photograph for some European websites and 'zines. I missed the creative control and I thought what a great avenue to reach so many more people than on the web.
2009 seems to become a really great year for us diehard KISS fans. What do you think about?
I think KISS is going to have a stellar year in 2009. I think they will do a new album. I think the time is right for new KISS music. I hear all the time that it's not real KISS and yes KISS will always be Gene, Peter, Ace and Paul. The original four will always come to mind. But there are many formations of KISS. Eric has been associated with KISS since 1989. Tommy's been on board for so many years. They are part of the KISS family. And if Gene and Paul want to continue doing the band, they have every right to do so. It's their baby. I think a new album will come. Paul is certainly hinting around about it in the press. The idea of Paul Stanley producing is very appealing to me. The guy reeks of talent. KISS will finally tour the US next year as well as going back to Europe. While they are out there they should go back to Australia and Japan. They draw huge crowds there as well. KISS attracted huge crowds in Europe in '08 as well. I think it's going to be an exciting year for KISS as well as the fans!
Frank, I really thank you, for spending some time here on my DeuceNews, hope to really meet you somewhere, sometime.
Thanx Deuce! You must visit the US when KISS tour. We'll hang for sure!
NEXT KISS MASK ARCHIVE INTERVIEWS: the CATMAN, PETER CRISS and BRUCE KULICK! STARTING NEXT WEEK ON KISS MASK WEBZINE!
Check out Deuce News at http://deucenews.jimdo.com/deuce-n-views-interviews/
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
by Shawn Loeffler
AskMen.com: Can fans look forward to new KISS material in the near future?
Stanley: Actually, it looks like we'll be going in the studio shortly to do the first new KISS album in 10 years. It's going to be very much a vintage, classic, '70s KISS album without much regard to what's happened since then; it's back to the roots.
AskMen.com: Back in the '80s, a decision was made in order to respect the fans that Vinnie [Vincent] and [Eric] Carr would have to wear new face makeup; why was the decision made to allow [Eric] Singer and [Tommy] Thayer to wear the makeup of original members?
Stanley: It wasn't to respect the fans; it was a misstep, if anything. The idea that we should dilute the four icons, which are world-known (not by name, but by character) and come up with like "Frog Man" or "Turtle Boy" was a big misstep. Those iconic figures are known worldwide; you show anybody in the world a photo of KISS and they'll tell you it's KISS. So, it just sold everybody short to think that when somebody left the band that they should take those characters with them. In a sense, we all created each others' characters because it was the four of us together and the synergy between the four of us that made those characters. Could we have done it on our own? I don't think so. It was all of us together that came up with it.
AskMen.com: Is there any truth to the rumors about a "Kiss II" reality show?
Stanley: It's kind of gotten distorted into something that it really isn't. The idea that some guys are going to take our place and we're going to go home is never going to happen. Really, what it was and remains is the idea that Gene and I have created and nurtured something for 35 years… [and] as successful and consistent as we've been kind of makes people wonder what it would be like if we put together another band and gave [them] that experience. It's much closer to that.
Read the entire interview at AskMen.com.
Friday, November 28, 2008
"We'll do a handful of shows just to keep in the game (next) summer, maybe 10 (dates), some Canadian shows," Simmons told the Sun Media. "I know Halifax is one, but before you get out there and start the baseball season, they hold exhibition games, that's what we're doing. 'Cause once we go out, it's going to be for a year and a half."
As for rumblings of a co-headlining tour with QUEEN, Simmons said, "Oh, I've heard that, but we don't know until it's real. I would be happy to step up on that stage. I'd (also) love to step up on a stage with the STONES."
Read more at http://www.winnipegsun.com/
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Kiss Mask is proud to present his interview in a series of parts for you to enjoy once again. The interview, in article form, was conducted in November of 1989, during Kiss' filming of the "Forever" and "Rise To It" videos. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Eric Carr.
By J. Frank Hagan