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Formed: 1972
From: New York, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Kiss News

Below is our complete Kiss news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School: KISS

This week is a special week for Sunday Old School because it’s the 250th column. One of the genres covered has been the glam and hair bands of the eighties. No band provided more of an influence in this area then KISS. Known for over-the-top antics, make-up, merchandising and farewell tours the boys from KISS have ruled since the seventies. Still, there is the question: Which came first, the music or the makeup? Spoiler Alert: We can’t prove either only that success followed. So without further ado, your 250th Sunday Old School post from the biggest band of all time: KISS. (Note: If you don’t believe this is the biggest band of all time just ask Gene Simmons.) More...

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Rocksmith Gets Three Kiss Songs As DLC

Three classic Kiss songs are the latest in hard rock or metal to be featured as Rocksmith downloadable content. Learn to play 3 great songs by rock legends KISS on guitar or bass! Get "Detroit Rock City," "Heaven's On Fire," and "I Was Made For Loving You" on Rocksmith via Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, or Steam.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Merry Kissmas

This week it was announced that Kiss would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After numerous nominations as well as years not nominated this was maybe their last chance. They will join Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, and others April 10, 2014. More...

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KISS To Be Inducted into the RNR Hall of Fame

After many years of nominations, KISS will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The complete list of 2014's inductees is as follows:

Performers:
Peter Gabriel
Hall and Oates
KISS
Nirvana
Linda Ronstadt
Cat Stevens

Ahmet Ertegun Awards:
Brian Epstein
Andrew Loog Oldham

The Award for Musical Excellence:
The E Street Band

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2014 Ceremony will again be open to the public, as it has been for the Induction Ceremonies in Cleveland (2009, 2012) and Los Angeles (2013). This will be the first time that the ceremony will be open to the public in New York.

Tickets will go on sale to the public in January. Exact ticket sale dates will be announced in January. Details at www.rockhall.com.

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"KISS In Sweden" Book Seeing Release

A new photography book has been released chronicling all the times KISS ever visited Sweden, which can be seen below. The following press release was also issued:

"Alright World! You wanted the best… It has arrived! KISS in Sweden 1976-2013 – The Book about all those times KISS visited Sweden. A book for anyone who loves KISS, filled with exciting stories, interesting facts and almost 1000 pictures!

"The authors have one thing in common – our passionate interest in the rock group KISS, and we hope and trust that you will feel this passion and feel your heart rate increase when you have the book in your hands and open it for the first time…

"Our story begins when KISS lands at Torslanda Airport just outside of Gothenburg around 4PM on the 25th of May 1976. They arrive by plane unmasked and a Swedish photographer takes a few shots as KISS are about to embark on their first tour in Sweden, a tour which has generated scandalous headlines in the media long before the plane even landed. KISS will come back to visit Sweden again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010 and 2013 and the band or parts thereof have made promotional visits here in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992 and 1994. The story of KISS in Sweden ends as Gene and Paul board an aircraft taking off from Kristianstad Airport in Everöd at 4PM on the 8th of June 2013, bound for Norway.

"The goal with the book has from the very start been to document all of KISS’ visits to our country as thoroughly as possible. We searched far and wide for all the cool pictures that were forgotten or ended up gathering dust in an attic somewhere. We talked to those who met the band, privately or professionally, and we spared no dime uncovering the facts and unknown stories which has until now remained undocumented. We set out to do a book that we ourselves would like to read and we think we have succeeded. We are sure that all KISS fans will enjoy our book!

"The book has 336 pages and weighs in at 1,7 kg. It is filled with almost 1000 pictures (over 600 photos and most of them have never been published before). Order it at this location." More...

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Rocksmith 2014 Song List Revealed

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...

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2014 RNR Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The 2014 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced and among them are Deep Purple, KISS, Nirvana and Yes.

Voting is now open to the general public here. The public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon.

The full list of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is as follows:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Deep Purple
Peter Gabriel
Hall and Oates
KISS
LL Cool J
The Meters
Nirvana
N.W.A.
The Replacements
Linda Ronstadt
Cat Stevens
Link Wray
YES
The Zombies

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Mama Horny

Q: What happens when you cross a KISS cover with a drug deal and a horny mother? A: Random dog petting and a dildo. Welcome to this week’s videos. More...

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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Bruce Kulick Guesting On New Avantasia Album

To rock fans and musicians alike Bruce Kulick made himself a name as the guitarist of Meat Loaf during the "Bat Out Of Hell" tour in 1978. After that he also joined Michael Bolton, but it wasn't until the mid eighties that he gained worldwide notoriety by joining Kiss during the unmasked era for a relationship that was to last twelve years. In those years he put his lead guitar stamp on hits such as "Crazy, Crazy Nights" and "God Gave Rock'n Roll To You."

Bruce has just been in the studio to record some lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming Rock Opera of Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia project, due out in March 2013. Bruce had already appeared on the previous Avantasia album while Tobias sang guest vocals on Bruce‘s last solo album “BK3,“ which featured guests such as Gene Simmons of KISS and Steve Lukather of Toto.

Tobias says: “Bruce and I have been friends for some years now, he is a lovely person and an amazing guitarist. It was really obvious I would ask him to come on-board for Avantasia once again. Two of the tracks he plays on are more than 10 minutes long, and they include screaming and whammy-bar driven stuff as well as anthemic Meat Loafish type melodies. I love it because it's got such an old school quality, and Bruce just has it! Class act!“

Avantasia will also hit the stages again in April 2013, right after the release of the new CD.
Tobias' tour management is currently working on a headlining indoor tour for Avantasia in April. The group will also play a few chosen summer festivals, and a South American and Asian tour is planned for late summer.

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KISS/Motley Crue Pyrotechnics Truck Crashes

The truck carrying all of the pyrotechnics equipment to the KISS/Motley Crue concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan was involved in an accident on the highway and overturned. Nobody was hurt, and both bands have rescheduled their concert for September 6th.

Nikki Sixx shared a few tweets and photos of the crash site on his twitter page, which you can access by reading the full article at this location. Refunds are available to those concertgoers who are not able to reschedule for the following night's show. Both bands issued a joint statement that appeared on KISS Online, which follows below.

"On its way to Detroit, our pyro truck was involved in an accident and flipped, spilling our gear all along the freeway. We owe you the show you expect and deserve, so we’ve jointly decided to give our crews the 24 hours necessary to piece everything together to make it possible. The party is now Thursday night, September 6th. See you there!"


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The Treatment Announces Off-Dates

Currently three weeks into a 42 date tour opening for Kiss and Mötley Crüe, THE TREATMENT has announced six club shows to take place on off days of the tour. Five of the shows are headlining shows and one show in Spokane, Washington is supporting Bobaflex. Tickets for all headline shows are $10 or less. Local support bands will fill out the bills.

THE TREATMENT off-dates are:

August 20th- Hawthorne Theater- Portland, Oregon
August 21st- The A Club- Spokane, Washington (supporting Bobaflex)
August 23rd – Base Camp- Denver, Colorado
September 6th- The Rave Bar- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
September 9th- The Frequency- Madison, Wisconsin
September 17th-The Met Café- Providence, Rhode Island

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Bret Michaels Is Back

Okay, so he never really left, that was just a dream. Poison front man Bret Michaels (Poison) has released a brand new video for his new single “Get Your Rock On”, featuring Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Sal Coz (My Darkest Days). The video was filmed during Michaels' 2011/2012 solo tour. "Get Your Rock On" is the title track from Bret's upcoming solo album of the same name. The single is available on iTunes along with a cover of Poison’s “Nothing But A Good Time”, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony. So, is it just me or is Bret Michaels trying to become the “Kevin Bacon Six Degrees” of eighties rockers? More...

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Sonisphere Knebworth Is Cancelled

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:

"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.

"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...

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Motley Crue Posts Trailer For Tour With Kiss

Hard rock legends Kiss and Motley Crue recently announced a summer tour of the U.S., dubbed "The Tour." Well, Motley Crue just posted up a tour trailer for the event, which can be seen here:

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Tour

This week Kiss (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer) and Motley Crue (Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee) announced a summer blockbuster tour that will include both bands. A press conference was held in Los Angeles to announce the event and details. More...

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KISS And Motley Crue Announce Tour Dates

American hard rock icons KISS has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour this Summer, where they will be joined by fellow legends Motley Crue, on what is simply being dubbed, "THE TOUR." You can check out a video of the announcement below. Both bands have been hard at work on new material lately, with KISS expected to release their new album, "Monster" in June, while Motley Crue recently recorded a new song, which will be released this Spring. The Live Nation promoted tour will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23rd. The KISS Army Fan Club pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 21st at 10am.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: BBQ, Needles, and Vans

Fresh off their “occupy Hard Rock” stint in Vegas, Motley Crue is back in the studio recording a new song. Vegas odds that the words “Hard Rock” are included are 2 to 1. Odds that Nikki Sixx and company will rhyme “cock” with “Hard Rock” is even money… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Mad Men

Last Sunday both Motley Crue and The Darkness were featured in Super Bowl ads. They aren’t the first from their genre to sell out, or allow the semi-truck full of cash back up into their driveway, nor will they be the last. Over the past few years a lot of rockers from the eighties have partnered with Madison Avenue to create brief whore-like relationships. This week a look at the new Super Bowl commercials, and a few blasts from the past commercials: More...

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Kiss & Motley Crue Possible Fall 2012 Tour

Bravewords.com states sources have confirmed early reports indicating a Kiss and Motley Crue tour in fall of 2012. Motley Crue is expected to support Kiss. The painted legends will be touring to promote their upcoming studio album "Monster." More details will come as they break.

Kiss's Paul Stanley states the group is "two days from finishing this album. It's almost done and it's awesome. It's by far the best thing we've done in I don't know how long."

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