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

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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.

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VH1's 'Heavy: The Story Of Metal' Details

"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:

Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.

Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.

Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.

Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.

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Rock School Band To Open For Judas Priest

The band from the second series of the tv show Rock School - who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig as the opening act for Judas Priest in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena.

Rock School, which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style!

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Iron Maiden All-Star Tribute Planned

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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Foo Fighters to Collaborate with Herb Alpert

Dave Grohl was so pleased with the results of the acoustic half of the Foo Fighters' recent 'In Your Honor' double album, he now plans to ditch the band's trademark hard rock in favor of a bizarre collaboration with jazz guitarist Herb Alpert.

Grohl is already planning the next Foo Fighters disc and is determined to pull out all the stops this time, with some surprising guest stars.

He says, "There is something so powerful about the quiet dynamic. To me it is much more powerful than a f**king wall of amplifiers sometimes. It's funny how much that has changed our band.

"We're so jazzed that we're talking about the next album we're going to make. The names of producers are getting really out there. The kind of album we want to make next time will surprise anyone.

"It should be really interesting. We're really excited about it, mainly because we felt so liberated by making the acoustic record - now the possibilities are endless.

"We're not afraid of anything, whether it's having f**king Herb Alpert or (Kiss frontman) Gene Simmons on it, who f**king knows."

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Kiss Star Branded 'An Idiot' By Channel 4 Exec

UK's GIGWISE.com reports: Kiss loony Gene Simmons may have been re-commissioned for the second series of 'Rock School', but not eveybody is enamoured of the face-painted glam-rocker.

The bassist proved a triumphant success on the upcoming television series - which sees him teaching posh classical music students how to raawk. The 13-year-old boffins eventually open a show for Motorhead and a jolly good time is had by all.

Channel 4 were so chuffed with the results they have ordered a second series before the first one has even been broadcast.

But the 'Lick It Up' star (euw! as those American girlies might say,) could be forgiven for turning his nose up - as Channel 4's entertainment boss reportedly remarked, "If I said Simmons wasn't an idiot, I'd be lying."

There'll be tears before bedtime. Let's just hope Gene's wearing waterproof mascara.

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Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Anthrax

Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."

Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."

Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."

Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...

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Bruce Kulick Denies Motley Crue Rumors

Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick is the latest to deny rumours that he's going to replace Mick Mars on the upcoming Motley Crue re-union tour. Internet reports had suggested that Kulick would be brought in for the supposedly ailing Mars, but he strongly refutes this claim.

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Gene Simmons Sued By Ex-Girlfriend

A woman claiming to be an ex-girlfriend of Gene Simmons is suing the Kiss bassist. Georgann Walsh Ward says that she was made to seem like a 'sex addicted nymphomaniac' during the VH1 Kiss rockumentary 'When Kiss Ruled The World'. Why? Because her photo was flashed on screen several times when Simmons talked in general terms about his sexual exploits.

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"40 Least Metal Moments" To Premiere This Weekend

New York City heavy metal masters, Captain T and Ostronomy, will once again appear as "metal experts" on VH1's "40 Least Metal Moments", premiering Saturday, November 13 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Having previously appeared on VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments," Captain T, a.k.a. Mark Strigl, John Ostronomy, and fellow expert Eric Bohnenstiel, will provide commentary on the 40 most "un-metal" moments in heavy metal history. From Pat Boone's album of heavy metal covers to KISS' successful attempt at disco, the "metal experts" will wax philosophical about some of their favorite heavy metal gods.

A rebroadcast of VH1's highly successful "100 Most Metal Moments" will precede the show from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST.

Captain T and Ostronomy will also appear on the upcoming W.A.S.P. tribute album, which will be released by Denmark's Valhalla Records, and the upcoming KISS tribute album, which will be released in the United States by Lunar Moth Entertainment.

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Gene Simmons To Be Teacher In 'Rock School'

Kiss's Gene Simmons is to take on the role of teacher for the upcoming TV series 'Rock School'. The bassist/vocalist will be instructing 12-year-olds how to form a band.

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Sack Trick Release Tribute To KISS

Sack Trick have just issued their tribute album to Kiss. It's called 'Kiss In Sheep's Clothing', and is available through www.sacktrick.com. Among the many musos to lend their talents are: Vocals - Chris Dale, Alex Dickson, Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Doogie White (Rainbow/Yngwie J Malmsteen's Rising Force), Pete Friesen (Alice Cooper), CJ (Wildhearts), James 'Spreader' Bailes (The Appletons), Alex Kane (AntiProduct), Leigh Marklew (Terrorvision/Malibu Stacy), Robin Guy, Ben Calvert and Reuben Gotto.

Guitars - Alex Dickson, Ace (Skunk Anansie), Pete Friesen (Alice Cooper) and CJ (Wildhearts).

Bass - Chris Paulo Dale, James 'Spreader' Bailes and Leigh Marklew (Terrorvision/Malibu Stacy). Drums by Robin Guy, Ben Calvert and Alex Sponder Elena.

Keyboards, additional vocals and other assorted instruments by Jem Davis, Chris Nubile, Jack Endino, Joe Inferno, Bobby the Bus Driver, Roly Bailey, the Mc Kibbin brothers, Chris Sharrock, Ben Savigear, Mattias and Henrik, Milena Roxx, Mark Cervellas, Damonski, Jinx and the King's Head Choir.

The band will be threatening the countryside at the end of the year with a series of UK shows: Edinburgh Subway November 25, Kingston Peel 27, Isle Of Wight Squadron December 3, Guernsey Blind O Reilly's 4, Nottingham Junction 7 15, York Fibbers 16, Oxford Zodiac 17, Norwich Ferryboat 18, London Camden Barfly 19.

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Kiss Singer Undergoes Surgery, Donates Guitar

After putting it off for a few years, Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley has finally had hip replacement surgery. According to a message on the official website, the operation took place October 12th, there were no complications, and his recovery will include six to eight weeks of physical therapy at home. Stanley has said that his left hip degenerated from years of high-energy performances with Kiss.

The surgery was supposed to happen about three years ago, but Stanley put it off, even though he knew it would have to happen eventually:

I wound up postponing my hip surgery and, you know, it's like reading in the newspaper your own death, you know, when you keep reading about your hip surgery, and I haven't done it, but I'm just postponing it for awhile. I have, you know, every intention of continuing doing what I've been doing, but little by little I'm turning bionic.

In other news, Paul Stanley has donated a signed guitar to a children's charity. The autographed Silvertone Apocalypse Special is being sold by guitars4kids.com, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, which treats seriously ill children and adolescents regardless of their family's medical insurance or their ability to pay. The auction ends Saturday (October 23rd) at about 6 p.m. ET, so to make a bid, go to ebay.com and search for "Silvertone Apocalypse Signed."

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Heavy Metal Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.

"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.

"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."

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Kiss Among Top 100 Successful Artists In Germany

According to the RTL Chartshow, Kiss are the 98th most successful band in Germany based on the number of Top 10 singles. Kiss reached the Top 100 position with two Top 10 hits ("I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "God Gave Rock & Roll to You"). The most successful bands in Germany are The Beatles, followed by ABBA, The Sweet and Boney M. Top hard rock/metal bands are Scorpions at No. 29, Bon Jovi at No. 42, Rammstein at No. 59, Led Zeppelin at No. 80, Guns N Roses at No. 87 and Aerosmith at No. 89.

In other news, a KISS-themed Microsoft comic has been posted online at the GeekCulture.com web site. Check it out at this location.

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Gene Simmons To Appear On "Queer Eye"

How would the guys from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" make over the black and white makeup of Kiss? We may get to find out.

Gene Simmons, the tongue-wagging bassist of Kiss, is considering an appearance on the Bravo reality show. On his web site, Simmons says that producers for the show have asked him join the Fab Five for an episode.

"They called me and asked me if I would do it. I'm a fan of the show. We may shoot on the 28th of September," Simmons says.

Bravo did not immediately return calls seeking a comment.

"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is in its second season, airing on Bravo at 10 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesdays.

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Autographed Guitars To Be Auctioned Online

Dozens of guitars autographed by some of the biggest names in the music business are being auctioned online in an attempt to raise money for victims of Hurricane Charley, which caused widespread damage in Florida earlier this month.

Bids can be placed until September 20th on guitars signed by Linkin Park, Korn, Incubus, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Deftones, 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, and many more.

Go to StormAid.com for all the details of the auction, which was put together by Clear Channel Radio.

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Who Really Invented The Horns Up Gesture?

While Dio often gets credit, Simmons claims to predate him. But is the truth somewhere in the middle? Electric Basement's Brian Coles writes an interesting and humorous piece on who invented the horns up sign (aka Sign of the Devil, etc).

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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Gene Simmons' Lawyer Raids N. Carolina KISS Expo

Gene Simmons and Company raided Sunday's North Carolina KISS Expo looking for illegal DVD's and Videos along with various other bootlegged KISS material on Sunday, Aug. 8th. According to various sources Gene Simmons is trying to root out a notorious bootlegger. In attendance was Special Guest, Gordon G.G. Gebert, author of the books KISS & Tell, KISS & Tell More, and Rock & Roll War Stories. Gebert states, "At first I didn't know what was going on. When I realized they were confiscating bootlegs I watched the drama unfold. Then some guy claiming to be Gene Simmons' lawyer came to where I was signing my new book and we had a heated exchange. He tried to stop me from selling merchandise until he checked it out. I told him he had no authority to stop me from selling legal merchandise. The exchange was interesting to say the least. After he realized I had nothing illegal they left the venue."

KISS Expo Organizer is due in court Friday, August 13th.

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Kiss To Record Mexico City Show For Future DVD

KISS have posted this message on their official website:

Mexico City - KISS announced it will tape a concert in Mexico this month for distribution on DVD.

In a conference call Tuesday from Palm Beach, Fla., singer Paul Stanley (news) said the band would tape its Aug. 17 show in Mexico City. Tickets for the concert at the Palacio de los Deportes sold out quickly.

Stanley didn't indicate when the DVD would go on sale, but said it would be distributed internationally.

In other news, a few photos from their performances in both Birmingham, Alabama on August 3 and in Atlanta, Georgia on August 4 have been posted on online. Check them out: Photo 1 - Altanta, Georgia, Photo 2 - Birmingham, Alabama.

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Gene Simmons Announce DVD & CD Release Date

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.

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