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KISS release lyric video for new single, unleash ‘Monster’ book on the U.K.

by on Jul.03, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

KISS release lyric video for new single, unleash ‘Monster’ book on the U.K.

The new KISS single 'Hell of Hallelujah' is available as a digital download today, and the band have posted a lyric video for the tune. Check it out below:

KISS are in London for a sold-out show at the Forum on the 4th of July, and they have also unleashed their 'Monster' on the UK public. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer held a news conference tot launch the new retrospective book, 'KISS Monster,' where Paul joked: "A band that is bigger than life deserves a book that’s bigger than life. You could call it a coffee table book, but if you put legs on it, it is a coffee table." "It’s not a cheap book because it is hand bound, hand put together. It’s the Rolls-Royce of books,” added Simmons.

The limited edition book — which is three feet (1 meter) tall — features unseen photographs from the band’s 40-year career.
Only 1, 000 copies of “KISS Monster” will be on sale and each one will be signed by the band. It will retail at a staggering >2,742 ($4,299).

'KISS Monster' is now on sale in the U.K. online at: www.kissmonsterbook.com

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KISS’ new single “Hell or Hallelujah’

by on Jul.02, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

KISS’ new single “Hell or Hallelujah’

The new single from KISS, 'Hell or Hallelujah' has been posted online prior to its digital release tomorrow (June 3). The band's forthcoming 20th studio effort, 'Monster,' is slated to arrive in stores this October. The 12 song album was produced by lead singer Paul Stanley along with Greg Conway at studios in Hollywood and Studio City, California.

Paul Stanley describes 'Hell or Hallelujah' as "a battle cry that encapsulates the entire record...one way or another, we're going to do it our way." Other new tunes include "Freak," "Back to the Stone Age," "The Devil Is Me," "Outta this World" and "All for the Love of Rock & Roll."

Kiss is heading over to the U.K. for a July 4 concert in London that will raise money for the U.K.'s Help for Heroes charity, which aids injured and ailing soldiers.

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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 amazon.co.uk 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 www.KISSMONSTERBOOK.com 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 FANGORIA.com and KISSONLINE.com… 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: www.fangoria.com

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: ‘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  www.KISSOnline.com and www.ShopGDC.com 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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KISS News: New ‘Monster’ Magazine, ‘Fox 411′ report on the band’s far reaching influence

by on May.09, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

KISS News: New ‘Monster’ Magazine, ‘Fox 411′ report on the band’s far reaching influence

Look out for an upcoming magazine that's sure to be a collectible for anyone in the KISS Army: KISS: MONSTER - The Official Album and Tour Magazine.

Brought to you by FANGORIA, the planet's number one cult film, horror and fantasy culture entertainment magazine, KISS: MONSTER - The Official Album and Tour Magazine is a KISS magazine made by KISS fans for KISS fans. Celebrating the upcoming release of MONSTER, the band’s 20th album and their upcoming summer tour with Motley Crue, this glossy, 72 page collector’s magazine features dozens of rare, new and never before published photographs as well as 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...KISS!”

You’ll also get a thorough, critical look at the full KISS discography; a preview of MONSTER written by the band; secrets behind THE TOUR; a look at the design of the new KISS costumes as well as their costumes worn through the ages; Gene and Paul remembering classic KISS albums like CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and ALIVE; in-depth retrospective of the delirious KISS TV movie KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK and so much more! Edited by FANGORIA editor-in-chief (and lifelong, card-carrying KISS ARMY member) Chris Alexander, this towering salute to the ever-evolving KISS mythology is one that every self respecting KISS fan MUST have. KISS: MONSTER – The Official Album and Tour Magazine will be on newsstands EVERYWHERE late June and will be available to order through www.KISSONLINE.COM and www.FANGORIA.COM.

Here's a new Fox 411 report on the far reaching influence of KISS. "Kiss' song writing was really a big influence," Motley Crue bassist and songwriter Nikki Sixx told Fox 411. Mike Portnoy, former drummer of Dream Theater, even went as far as to say Kiss "were the Beatles for our generation."

Fellow '70s face-painter Alice Cooper says Kiss remain relevant today, almost four decades after Gene Simmons first unrolled that tongue onstage, because they are "a band that proves themselves over and over again".

However, despite selling over 100 million albums worldwide and accumulating 24 gold records, they have received little critical acclaim and few industry awards. Yahoo! Music reporter Billy Johnson Jr. tells FOX 411 that Kiss' over-the-top stage performances has always had some questioning their authenticity.


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