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Say Bye Bye to your Family Jewels as A&E axes Gene Simmons show after 7 seasons

by on Aug.18, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Say Bye Bye to your Family Jewels as A&E axes Gene Simmons show after 7 seasons

A&E announced earlier this week it has cancelled 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' after 7 seasons on the air. The reality show, which chronicled the home life of Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed and their two children, Nick and Sophie -premiered back in 2006.

It goes out on somewhat of a high note, as the wedding episode in season 6 brought in more than 3 million viewers. Simmons told the Hollywood Reporter: "With Kiss on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show. It has been a wonderful, life-altering experience for our family, and after seven successful seasons, we feel it’s time to move on."

A statement from A&E read: "For seven great seasons, Gene, Shannon, Nick and Sophie have been part of the A&E family, and we could not be more proud of the unparalleled run of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. On behalf of everyone at A&E, we’d like to thank the production team at Thinkfactory Media, Gene and his amazing family for their partnership, collaboration and for opening up their lives, warts-and-all, to us throughout the years."

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KISS News: new single artwork, ‘Monster’ book and magazine available for pre-order, Gene Simmons’ daughter auditions for ‘The X-Factor’

by on Jun.25, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

KISS News: new single artwork, ‘Monster’ book and magazine available for pre-order, Gene Simmons’ daughter auditions for ‘The X-Factor’

The artwork for the new single from the upcoming KISS album 'Monster' has been unveiled. The single is titled 'Hell or Hallelujah' and will be out July 2nd in the UK, just in time for a July 4th concert at the Forum in London and the KISS/Motley Crue co-headlining summer tour which begins in Bristow, Virginia on July 20th. A brief sample was up on the site yesterday, but has since been pulled. Other tracks on the album include 'Are You Ready?', that Gene Simmons describes as, "an old song that was torn apart and re-written," 'It’s A Long Way Down,' 'Back To The Stone Age,' 'Shout Mercy,' 'Out Of This World' and 'Wall Of Sound.'


Although we know when the new single will be out, we still don't have a definitive release date for the album, but in KISS style, you know there will be endless promotional connections to it. Hey it you have about $3500 laying around, you can get the new 'Monster' book from KISS! I know, I know, it's twice as much as your house payment, but if you're a rich KISS fan, hey you can afford it...right? Maybe you can live in it. For the pre-launch price of $3499 or the launch price of $4299 you will get FREE DELIVERY!

There will be only 1,000 books in this limited edition run.  Here's the run down:
The KISS Monster book features all the different eras of KISS live, from the early years to the present day.
- Three feet tall and two and half feet wide! As tall as a guitar! - Each book is carefully handmade in Italy, choose from one of 10 country flags, the sleek and stylish KISS Monster logo edition or the classic KISS Army cover.
- Every signature page is signed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
- Signature page has a personal message from KISS to their fans. Includes photographs that have never been seen before.
- Each book individually numbered and signed by the band.
- Limited edition flag designs
The press release says: YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PICK IT UP! BUT IF YOU CAN, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN! Anyone who has experienced a KISS performance knows the bigger, louder and heavier, the better!! And just like the performance, the epic scale of KISS Monster really has to be seen to be believed. The sheer size of the images the book contains means that the level of detail, vibrancy and intimacy is incredible, bringing the KISS experience alive! Some of the close-up photographs are, quite literally, larger than life! this is the closest any fan could ever get to their heroes without an access-all-areas pass. VISIT TO PURCHASE THE KISS MONSTER BOOK NOW!

FANGORIA, the planet's number one cult film, horror and fantasy culture entertainment magazine and 'Monster' go together. You saw this one coming: KISS: Monster—The Official Album And Tour Magazine will hit newsstands everywhere on June 26th and be sold direct via and… just in time for the first week of the new KISS/Motley Crue nationwide tour.

A KISS magazine made by KISS fans for KISS fans, this glossy, 72 page collector’s magazine features dozens of rare, new and never before published photographs as well as brand new interviews with KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, wherein they muse on the past, reflect on the present and look to what lies in store for “the hottest band in the world” on the cusp of the release of 'Monster,' the band’s 20th studio album.  Order your copy here:

Sophie Simmons, Gene's 19-year-old daughter was in Oakland, CA. last week, auditioning for 'The X Factor,' where she asked for no special treatment, stating: "This isn't about my dad. This is my audition."

Sophie got her time in front of judges Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, (and new additions) Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, but there is no news as to their reaction to the audition.

Hollywood Reporter points out however, that Sophie did show up with her co-star father on the reality series 'Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,' presumingly filming for the A&E show. Sophie apparently didn't tell her parents about the audition until the last minute, and when he learned of her plans, Gene insisted on hopping a plane from Las Vegas to provide moral support.

"We think she's the most talented, wonderful, charming daughter but we just want her to get want a fair shot," said Gene. We'll let you know if she got the fair shot and if she moved on into the second round as the news becomes available. The season premiere of 'The X Factor' is set for Sept. 12th.

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KISS News: ‘Family Jewels’ season premiere full episode, Promo poster sells on eBay, band to share bill with Rihanna at Oslo Music Festival,


KISS News: ‘Family Jewels’ season premiere full episode, Promo poster sells on eBay, band to share bill with Rihanna at Oslo Music Festival,

The eighth season of ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ kicked off with flames tonight (May 28) on the A&E Network. The episode centered on Simmons and Tweed adjusting to their new life as a married couple. Gene and Shannon meet with their therapist, and the discussions continue with their kids Nick and Sophie.

Later, Shannon brings up adopting a child, which becomes a major issue on the show. Shannon also comes accross a set of keys while moving boxes of keepsakes in their garage. Unable to find the proper lock, she eventually confronts Gene in his office about the keys. He admits that it’s the key to a safe-deposit box containing his famous collection of photos of the many women that he has been with. Shannon tells him that they have no place in their marriage, and that if she will destroy the photos if he won’t.

When Kiss shipped their 1974 debut album out to radio stations, it included a little something extra in the form of a full color poster of the band. Nearly 40 years later, that one-time freebie courtesy of Casablanca Records & Tapes has a collector’s value of at least $1500, based on the one that recently sold on eBay.

Due to the way it was originally shipped, the seller notes that every copy of this poster has crease marks in it — in fact, if it doesn’t, it’s likely a reproduction. This particular poster was purchased at a Kiss convention in the early ‘90s and though it does have the fold lines, it’s been in a frame since that purchase date. The listing notes a few minor flaws but overall this rarity appears in very good condition.

KISS will headline the 2nd night of the Kollen Summer Festival in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. The concert will take place at the Holmenkollen National Arena - the roof of Oslo - made world famous by its iconic ski jump that can be seen from all over the capital. This new two day festival will feature 26 artists on three stages!

”KISS Saturday on the big stage at Kollen is a dream come true. To really experience a band like KISS you need a stage that justifies the greatness of the band, and Kollen is the only festival in Norway that can provide just that. It’s flat out extremely cool to be able to give Oslo an exclusive concert with the worlds largest rock ’n’ roll circus as the grand finale on the first edition of Kollen ever.” – Pål Jakobsen, head of booking Kollen.

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Rock On the Talks Recap: Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Gene Simmons, Gregg Allman, John Mayer


Rock On the Talks Recap: Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Gene Simmons, Gregg Allman, John Mayer

There were many rockers on the tube this week with Slash, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa promoting new albums, Gregg Allman pimping his new memoirs and Gene Simmons talking up the new season of 'Family Jewels' and hiring a vet to be a roadie on the upcoming KISS/Motley Crue tour.

Guitar great Joe Bonamassa started the week off right sitting in with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on 'The Late Show With David Letterman (May 21). Here's some of the highlights below and a link to the full episode here:

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators rocked 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' on Monday night (May 21) with his new single 'You're A Lie' and a web exclusive performance of 'Back To Cali.' Iconic rocker Gregg Allman continued the promotional tour for his book 'My Cross To Bear' with stops on 'CBS This Morning' (May 22), Piers Morgan Tonight (May 22), Tavis Smiley on PBS (May 23), The View (May 24). Check out the always interesting Allman in all of these interviews, including some footage of his 24 year old future 7th bride.

Slash - "You're A Lie" (Live Jimmy Fallon, New... by Slashfrance

Slash also made a stop on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on May 23rd:

Watch Musician Greg Allman on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

Watch Gregg with the ladies of 'The View' here (at the 25:00 mark):

John Mayer joined 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' to promote his new album 'Born and Raised' on May 22nd. He sat in with The Roots and chatted with Jimmy about the album and why he stopped singing for a year because of a heath issue.

Mayer also joined Andy Cohen on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live' on May 23rd along with legendary newsman Dan Rather.

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed made stops on 'The Today Show' on May 23rd, first with Gene helping chose a roadie through the Hiring Our Heroes campaign. The band hired Paul Jordan, a 27-year military veteran, to work on their road crew this summer. Gene and Shannon stopped by with Hoda and Kathie Lee in the 10am hour to talk about the upcoming season of 'Family Jewels,' and Paul even got a little more camera time.

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KISS News: ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ returns May 28, ‘Love Gun’ 3D Archival Etched Glass Frame now available, CNN Monster Golf report, Tommy Thayer hanging with Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Jenner

by on May.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

KISS News: ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels’ returns May 28, ‘Love Gun’ 3D Archival Etched Glass Frame now available, CNN Monster Golf report, Tommy Thayer hanging with Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Jenner

Gene Simmons returns for an all-new season of A&E’s hit series 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels,' with a special one-hour episode on Monday, May 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The longest running celebrity family-based series on television (now in season 7), begins with a shocking moment for America’s most traditional, non-traditional family. After going through their most tumultuous year of their 28-year history, Gene and Shannon finally tied the knot. However, that doesn’t mean all their troubles have magically gone away.

In what promises to be the most explosive season ever, Shannon decides she wants to adopt a child, and the entire family battles over her decision. Gene, Nick and Sophie are against the adoption, and for the first time in her life, Sophie is at drastic odds with her mother. Meanwhile, Gene is trying to learn to be a better husband but is still battling with his rock-star ways as Nick is striving to emulate his father’s good qualities, yet finding it hard to avoid the bad ones. From the family’s adoption battle, to Gene and Shannon’s honeymoon in Africa (where Shannon has an ulterior motive planned), to Gene on tour for the first time as a married man, fans will have an all-access pass as America’s favorite rock family unfolds personal layers of their lives that they have yet to reveal.

Last season 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' had its most watched season ever, with an average of 1.8 million total viewers per premiere episode with Gene and Shannon’s engagement and wedding episodes representing the #1 and #2 telecasts ever for the series.

The official KISS Love Gun 3D Archival Etched Glass Frame, by GDC-GameDevCo Ltd. in collaboration with Artist Daniel Parry is now available.

Limited to 1977 pieces. ... -The First in a Series- This Limited Edition KISS collectible features the full-color ‘Love Gun’ album cover which is permanently etched and engraved into the custom front glass panel. The glass panel is strategically placed 1/2 an inch in front of the custom printed matting, creating a 3D effect. Printed on the custom matting is the title and length of each song from the album.

The album image is actually fused and embedded into the 1/4 inch thick glass surface through an EXCLUSIVE multi-step etching process. Also etched and engraved into the glass panel are the four official KISS symbols and the signatures of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. This framed collectible is completed with a precision crafted KISS logo positioned at the top of the frame.

To commemorate the 1977 release of the Love Gun album, this piece is limited to 1977 pieces worldwide and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which is signed and numbered by the Artist. The finished frame size is 14”x19”. It is currently available at and with placement on more websites and independent gift shops and galleries in the very near future.

Here's a recent CNN Money video report on Gene and the addition of KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas to the KISS empire:

While we're on the golf kick, here's a photo of guitarist Tommy Thayer with none other than Olympic and sport icons Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Jenner at the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday (May 7) at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake, CA. The Golf Classic supports the George Lopez Foundation. Other celebrities that attended the tournament included George Lopez, Eva Longoria, Anthony Anderson, Kenny G, Andy Garcia, Cheryl Ladd, Don Cheadle, Joe Pesci and more, with KISS donating a Paul Stanley Washburn guitar autographed by the band for an auction that evening at the post-tournament dinner.

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