Wouldn't You Like To Know Him: Reflections on Paul Stanley's new book Face The Music: A Life Exposed

         First off, I have a great deal of respect for Paul Stanley and I have long been a huge admirer of his songwriting skills, he’s clearly very talented. KISS were my favorite band for all of my formative years and I was ecstatic when the original line-up reunited in 1996. I was lucky enough to see the band twice on the subsequent tour and I treasure those memories. Unfortunately ever since…

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KISSteria Circa 1977!

With the recent announcement of KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year, it would seem that such a big event would galvanize the KISS Army from all over the world. Unfortunately, it seems to be having the opposite effect. So many “will they/won’t they” questions are keeping all factions of the fan base at each others’ throats. This division is not being helped by the band itself as Gene…

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Confessions of a KISSAHOLIC: A Coming of Age Tale

I’m 39 years old, my name is Loose Cannon, and I’m a KISSAHOLIC. Let me tell you a coming of age story full of twists, embarrassment and a pyromaniac. While listening to Decibel Geek’s KISSMAS IN JULY (and endless KISS references each show)   I reflected on how, through a three step process, I became a KISS junkie always chasing the high of Alive!   1980: When I was 6 years old, I was first introduced…

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Kiss 2.0? – I AM A KISS FAN!

  all photos by Wally Norton I love being a KISS fan! That’s really the point here, quite honestly there really isn’t much use in reading any further. I love KISS, always have, always will. From the moment I walked into my cousin’s room and laid eyes on the ultra-cool KISS poster above his bed, I was mesmerized. I would spend hours looking at his KISS trading card collection while I listened to Dressed to…

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The Farewell Tour

On February 14, 2000 KISS announced at a satellite press conference from Los Angeles that they would be embarking on a Farewell Tour, a final tour for the band.  I still own the special edition magazine that Metal Edge put out at the time to commemorate the Farewell Tour. The first sentence in the magazine reads like this: “After nearly three decades as a performing entity, KISS is calling it quits, ending its legendary career with…

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THE LOGO

It was 1972. Who knows, maybe the story is more myth than fact but I can see it clearly. Stanley Eisen (or was it Paul Stanley by then?) was probably driving, Gene Klein (Simmons?) in the passenger seat and Peter Criscoula (Criss for short) in the rear. The three longhairs had recently formed a band and they were discussing potential band names. Gene offered up Albatross, then jokingly (I hope) Fuck. While waiting at a…

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Baby I'm Down to the Bare Wire: Where "Shock Me" Came Together

KISS performing at the Lakeland Civic Center, 12/12/1976 (photo courtesy of Kevin Witte)      Lakeland, Florida was founded by Abraham Munn in 1882. He almost called it Red Bug but then looked around at the 38 lakes in the area and gave it a more appropriate name. Frank Lloyd Wright designed nine buildings at Lakeland’s Florida Southern College. The Detroit Tigers go to Lakeland for spring training. A scene from Edward Scissorhands was shot…

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The Tour 2012, KISS / Crue Rock Toronto – Meister’s Story

The Tour 2012, KISS / Crue Rock Toronto – Meister’s Story

When The Tour 2012: KISS/Crue was first announced I was not overly enthused. I’ve seen KISS ten times or so already. Just like no matter how much you love your favorite movie you can only watch it so many times before losing interest in it. Having already seen the setlist for this KISS tour, I knew that there would be no surprises and was basically just a repeat of anything that I’d seen before! I…

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Judy Cocuzza a.k.a. Luda Criss (drummer for PRISS) interview

What exactly were the circumstances that led you to form PRISS, your all female tribute to KISS, my #1 favorite hard rock band of all time? Sharon and I (Judy) have played in bands together for years. One night, we went out for a drink and we walked into a local bar. Everyone in the bar was dressed up like KISS – bartenders, clients, DJ, everyone!! They had KISS videos playing, KISS tunes going. So…

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Bruce Kulick Interview (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad)

Bruce Kulick Interview (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad)

Bruce Kulick was always considered the “nice guy” in KISS. But I think it goes deeper than that. While he is, in fact, a very nice person, Bruce Kulick is hands-down a great guitar player. While known for his ability early on to adapt to whatever situation he happened to be in, Bruce has blossomed into a creative, skilled musical technician. In this in-depth discussion provided by our friends at Legendary Rock Interviews, Bruce talks…

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