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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.
Simmons Audio Visual/New Millennium/Sanctuary Records Group is proud to announce the DVD & CD release of Gene Simmons’ "Speaking in Tongues" on August 24 and September 28, respectively.
"Speaking in Tongues" chronicles Gene Simmons' first ever, no holds barred “lecture tour” of Australia, shocking and tantalizing his audiences by speaking his mind on his favorite topics – Money, Success, Fame, KISS & of course - Women! Other highlights from "Speaking in Tongues" include a fascinating in-depth look at one of rock ‘n roll’s most legendary icon’s private life including his home, his family and his various business dealings. Additionally, the DVD & CD includes for the first time anywhere, over ten unheard and never-before-released Gene Simmons songs from the seventies through the nineties.
"Speaking in Tongues" is an intimate and revealing portrayal of Simmons' personal philosophies of life. Simmons (arguably the most opinionated man in music) states, “I decide things for myself, convention in society says I’m supposed to get married, I’m supposed to do this…I refuse. I’m a contradiction to all this stuff…I’m willing to bear all the criticism and I’m willing to take all the rewards. All the blame, but all the credit.” A brave statement from a man unafraid of pushing the envelope and dealing with the consequences.
Most recently, Simmons co-founding member of KISS, America's No.1 Gold Record Champions Of All Time (RIAA - Group Category), released his highly anticipated second solo effort, A**hole, revealing yet another side to the multi-talented artist. Like his 1978 self-titled solo album, A**hole is a diverse forward thinking, genre splitting effort and features a number of musical luminaries which include Bob Dylan, Dave Navarro and the Zappa Family.
KISS, who has rock and rolled all night and partied every day for over three decades and broken box office attendance records set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, continue to conquer audiences with their current 2004 “Rock the Nation” worldwide tour.
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently spoke to PressOfAtlanticCity.com about the group's current tour, the absence of original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley and his upcoming solo album. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
Q: Are Peter and Ace done for good?
Paul Stanley: "Yeah. No question. I wish both of them the best, but they don't belong in the band. You can't have members coming and going and we don't know what to expect and the fans don't know what to expect. It's unacceptable at some point. It's just better for everybody. I hope they pursue what makes them happy. Meanwhile, the band continues because it should. The team and the army is about making sure the athlete or the soldiers believe in the cause. That's what makes for a victory. When people no longer share the same drive or focus, it's neither fair to the band or the fans."
Q: What do you think about Gene's new solo album?
Paul Stanley: (long pause) "No comment. Let's just say, I hope it's what he wanted to do. He reaps the benefits or takes the ... criticism. If this is the album he chose to make, then he deserves what he gets, either way."
Q: You had the best solo album all of those years ago. Don't you have the itch for another one?
Paul Stanley: "It's been in the works for a while; I'm just not on a soap box talking about it. It's half done. I'm not about selling sizzle. My album's about delivering a steak. It won't matter who's involved or what color the cover is. That's what it's not about. I want to release it sometime around the New Year."
Read the full article at PressOfAtlanticCity.com.
Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently spoke to Pennsylvania's TimesLeader.com about the group's decision to carry on without original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.
"Interestingly, the only people that seem to want to know why you've come back are the people that wish you wouldn't," Stanley said with a chuckle. "It's been an amazing response, and the turnouts have been incredible. I couldn't have wished for anything this good. Not only big crowds, but huge, boisterous approval of the show. The only thing louder than the band is the audience."
Gateway's "Beck/Smith Celebrity Gossip" (web site) reports that Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons won't make anyone's list of feminist fellows, what with his constant chauvinistic and lascivious statements. But get the veteran rocker talking about his 11-year-old daughter and the tables get turned pretty fast.
"I tell her to break the cycle. I tell her not to depend on man for a definition of who she is. I tell her not to depend on a guy for anything. When two girls are talking about a blind date, one will say, 'What does he DO?' When two guys are talking about a blind date, they don't care what your job is," he says. "It's, 'What does she look like?'" More...