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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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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.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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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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Just For Fun

Kiss Opening Mini Golf Course In Las Vegas

Kiss has announced it's foray into the outdoor entertainment business by planning to open a mini golf course across the street from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The scheduled opening date will be March 15th, 2012, which will correspond with the anniversary of the "Destroyer" album release. Kiss By Monster Mini Golf will feature an indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, an arcade, the largest Kiss gift shop in the world, a Kiss gallery, “Hotter than Hell” wedding chapel, a private VIP room and Kiss themed event rooms, and “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” Cafe. In a joint statement delivered by Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, both spoke of their reasons for undertaking this project:

“When the idea of a Kiss mini golf course was presented to us, we immediately knew that everyone would want to go to a Kiss-themed amusement attraction,” they said. “There is nothing like Kiss mini golf anywhere… It has everything you could ask for: great Kiss music, fun games, affordable entertainment in one of the greatest cities in the world, and of course, Kiss. A hole in one? One can only dream. Try your luck at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf.”

Go to this location for more updates on this venture. More...

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Kiss To Appear In Archie Comics

Just in time for Halloween, KISS has teamed up with Archie Comics to appear in issues #627-630. Below is the trailer promotional clip. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Rock and Roll HOF

Each year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame releases their nominations and each year (except 2009) this band has not been nominated. This is not a new story, but is an annual migraine once you review the bands elected IN and those that have NOT been elected (or even nominated). MANY rock bands deserve to be in today, but I don’t believe any band has a more solid case. This band has become the Pete Rose of rock and roll minus the gambling. Author Disclaimer: I am a casual fan at best of this band. More...

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KISS Reveals New Album Title

American hard rock legends KISS has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album, their first since their well received 2009 comeback record, "Sonic Boom," will be entitled, "Monster." Although the band are still working on the album in a Los Angeles studio, they revealed that they are currently hatching plans for a massive world tour which will kick off in 2012 and last well into 2013, appropriately dubbed the Monster World Tour. "Monster" will be released sometime in 2012 through the band's own label, Kiss Records.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Guns N’ Corn

KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are planning to collaborate on a memoir. Is it already assumed the first and last chapters will be “Gene” chapters?...

Alice Cooper has been asked to help design Universal Studios Halloween maze. For a rocker that has always used fright and horror as a back drop it looks like Cooper has been typecast with this project. Three years from now Alice will be receiving calls to go to Iowa and design corn mazes…

The medical mystery man Ozzy Osbourne recently lost his two front bottom teeth (crowns). With a show only days away, Ozzy frantically looked for a dentist to fix his mouth. I realize we are five months away from Christmas, but I already know what Ozzy wants…

A fan with a “professional” style camcorder got a surprise when Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) went into the crowd to have him removed. Unfortunately from the video you are unable to see if there is in fact a camera or Sixx spotted on of Kat Von D’s new boyfriends. Either way Nikki might consider some additional insurance should he continue to jump into crowds at his age… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Back in Rehab

Back from rehab and ready to go…

Motley Crue lead singer, Vince Neil, is set to receive an entertainment lifetime achievement award in Las Vegas. Rumor has it that there will be a special guest presenting the award to Neil. Given it is Las Vegas, fingers crossed that we may be very close to seeing Carrot Top’s defining moment in show business… More...

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Death Streaming Re-Mixed Kiss Cover Song

A re-mixed version of Death's cover of the Kiss track "God Of Thunder" has been posted online at RevolverMag.com. Head over to this location to check out the song.

"God Of Thunder" originally appeared as the Japanese bonus track on the band's 1991 release of "Human." This re-mixed version comes from the 20th anniversary re-issue of Human that saw its North American release on June 21st, via Relapse Records.

"Human" has been entirely re-mixed by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, CONVERGE, THE MISFITS). The deluxe re-issue comes complete with expanded packaging featuring liner notes from Morris as well as former Death / current Cynic guitarist Paul Masvidal and over an hour of newly unearthed, previously unreleased early demo tracks. "Human" is available on 2- and 3- disc sets as well as digitally. More...

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Vinnie Vincent Discusses "Sensationalized Reports"

It was reported last month that former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent had been arrested for assault. Vincent has now issued the following statement about the issue, which was posted on his YouTube channel:

"I want to thank the many people who sent their well wishes to me through this very hurting time. There is much to say to all of you but the most important thing for me to let you know is that what you have been reading is not true. Irresponsible reporting and fabrication of events that never happened destroys peoples' lives, and that is exactly what has happened. It's very unfortunate we live in times where you're guilty even if you're innocent, but it's the way of the world now. It's also sad to me that not only do the media get away with publishing unsubstantiated sensationalized reports that are then taken as 'the truth,' but people now routinely hide behind their computers and usernames to intentionally inflict enormous damage without consequence, all for their own amusement. What they don't know is the pain they cause will always be greater than their fabrication or exaggeration.

"About my precious dogs: My dogs and cat have been, are and will always be the most important thing in my whole life. I love them more than my words can say. I look at dogs and cats as "perfect little people" with loving and unconditional hearts that I believe God gifted to us to help comfort us through our lives, which always seems to be filled with pain in one way or another. I have 20 dogs that were rescued since 1999 from unspeakable and horrible abuse. I never turned my back or said no if a dog or cat needed a loving home. Each one of them is spoiled rotten; great food, love, comfort, care and shelter. They never leave my side and sit with me when I watch videos or when I play my guitar, the sound of which seems to fascinate them. Out of my twenty dogs, half of them are big dogs and the others are small. Fencing was put up to separate the big dogs from the little ones who could roam without any problem. One day, without my knowing, some of the big dogs accidentally got loose somehow and killed three of my babies. More...

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