Hello and welcome to the
edition of the KISS Getaway.
January 28, 2003
KISS and Aerosmith
to Tour Together
KISS and Aerosmith will
embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and
running through October, sources confirm. The tour of approximately 40
dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to
play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also
in the mix. Kiss will perform in full makeup, sources say, and Aerosmith
will be touring in support of a new Columbia blues album.
Webmaster's thoughts: Sounds to good to be true. 7 months is a long
time from now, and a LOT can happen between now and then.
Ace Is Back?
last week, they reported a rumor that
may be saddling up for Australia and Japan.
Keep your fingers crossed.
KISS Touring Japan
After the big "Kiss Symphony"
in Australia, KISS will be touring in Japan once again, in March.
Keep your fingers crossed.
KISS will perform with the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia next year, February
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss made the
Melbourne that they will be joined by the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Telstra Dome. It looks as if Ace
will be joining the rest of the band for the special occasion, although he
wasn't present at the announcement.
Tickets go on sale
And for fans who can't swing the trip to Australia to see the show, it
will be on pay-per-view.
event will be broadcast around the world via pay-per-view and released as
a double-disc album and DVD at a later date. A documentary will also be
made, based around the week-long rehearsals.
will be a three-part event, starting with a rock set by the band, an
unplugged set, and then a collaboration with the orchestra.
The New KISS Album
Yep, it's another compilation CD. This time it's
a 21 song collection which spans the bands career, with all the greatest
hits. August 27th, 2002 is the set release date.
KISS To Continue
Paul Stanley announced that KISS
wasn't ready to retire from the road, just yet, as the now So-Called Farewell Tour
proclaimed. They plan to tour in support of the soon to be released
"The Very Best Of KISS" CD.
No word yet on if Ace plans to play, or if Tommy Thayer will be taking
his place. It's all but a "gimme" that Eric Singer will be
drumming on the upcoming tour.
*10/15/02-With the announcement of Peter Criss to rejoin KISS in Australia
next year, it could be if any tour dates are set, the Catman may be back
the drummer's seat!
on a picture
BACK TO TOP
Here's the band having what
appears to be
a backstage party.
This Month in KISStory:
1973 - KISS concludes their first 3 night
stint at Coventry and retires to the loft to rehearse, write music, and
develop as a band..
1974 - "KISS" released, spends
23 weeks in the charts and eventually reaches #87 in the US album charts.
West Coast release of the album. The band plays this night at Century
Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, for Casablanca's official inveiling. The party is
attended by many notable personalities, including Alice Cooper who makes
the famous quote: "What they need is a gimmick!"
February-April - On tour with Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Savoy Brown.
KISS record live segements for Dick Clark's "In Concert".
KISS appear on Don Kirshner's "Rock Concert".
Due to the lack of success with Hotter Than Hell, KISS
reenter studios, this time Electric Lady Studios in New York, to record
their third album with Neil Bogart, who is using his role in an attempt to
usurp Bill Aucoin's position with the band. However, Bill soon buys out
co-manager Joyce Biawitz (who was Neil's girlfriend) share in Rock Steady,
finally forcing his and Neil's cooperation...
1976 - KISS
add their footprints to the sidewalk outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in
- Blood extracted from the members following
a concert at Nassau Colliseum for the Marval Comic Special!
Dressed To Kill becomes the first pre-Alive! album to be certified Gold by
- "Rocket Ride" released as a single, it manages #39 in the
KISS enter Electric Lady Studios in New York to re-record "Strutter"
for inclusion on their forthcoming compilation Double Platinum.
1979 - KISS
return to New York studios to record Dynasty with Vini Poncia, the
producer of Peter's solo album at the controls. Peter Criss is unavailable
at some of the sessions, partially due to problems with his hands cause
from a recent car accident and partially due tohis increasing personal
problems, and is replaced by Anton Fig and Richie Fontana on five of the
albums 9 tracks.
- Peter starts recording his second non-KISS solo
album, Let Me Rock You, recorded at Conway Recording Studios, LA. It's
produced by Vini Poncia.
Phonogram places an order for the pressing of the new UK KISS
single, "A World Without Heroes" b/w "Mr Blackwell",
for 7500 copies of the regular single with picture sleeve and 10,000
copies of the 7" picture disc.
1987 - Paul
performs Strutter on stage with Poison in Texas. Rumors soon start
circulating that he is to produce their second album which he is
unfortunately un able to do to due to scheduling problems.
- Single "Turn On The Night" released. It doesn't chart in the
States, but makes #41 in the UK in September.
- Frehley's Comet release their first video,
"Live + 4" which includes live material recorded at the Marquee
in London in 1988, plus the four concept videos made up to that point...
Paul hits the road on a solo tour playing classic material from his
solo album and some new material. Members of his touring party include Bob
Kulick and Eric Singer.
"Forever", a track co-written by Stanley and
Michael Bolton, hits the top-ten at #8.
February - Promotional album "First KISS, Last Licks" released
featuring two of the original 1973 demos and the 1989 remix versions of
two Killers studio tracks. This issue is restricted to 800 copies...
February 12th - Vinnie Vincent files in an attempt to trademark his
signature. The effort would be abandoned January 15, 1991...
- Band start work on new material in Los
Angeles, for Revenge.
1993 - Gene
and Paul appear on the Howard Stern Show and perform an acoustic version
of "Detroit Rock City".
- Gene and Paul present the award for
"Best New Metal Band" at the American Music Awards.
- Kiss returns to Australia after 15-year
absence. First ever "official" Kiss Convention takes place at
Hyatt Hotel in Perth, WA. Highlighs of the tour include a live performance
of "Shandi" in Perth.
1996 - Recording of their latest studio
album is complete....
Both Smashes Thrashes & Hits and Alive II certified double-platinum by
A reunited KISS, in makeup, appear at the Grammys to present an
1999 - After many
years of waiting fans finally get a taste of the music from Eric Carr's
Rockheads project with the release of a 4 track EP...
February 3rd - KISS' Playboy "Girls Of KISS" issue released...
February 10th - TNT Record's, Peter's former label, suit against KISS
(Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley) is dismissed by the Los Angeles County
February 22nd - KISS do the photoshoot for the Got Milk? advertizing
campaign in Los Angeles... Both regular and chocolate milk are used...
February 23rd - Europe gets a special Tour reissue of the Psycho Circus CD
which now includes a bonus EP of live material recorded during the US leg
of the tour. It features the three Psycho Circus tunes and three others...
February 24th - In their first ever Grammy award nomination, KISS loose
out to fellow veterans Page/Plant... Much better than losing to Marilyn
February 24th - Union are voted "best new band" in a Metal Edge
2000 - Advance
tickets for some tour dates go on sale at Ticketmaster Online in a VH1
promotion. Fans rabidly snap up 70,000 tickets before they go on general
sale on the 19th...
Release date of Union's sophomore album, "The Blue Room", which
takes the band to a new level...
Former song-writer and KISS cohort Stan Penridge sues the band and
connected companies for allegedly not paying him royalties. Filing his
suit (BC225627) in Los Angeles County Court on this day Stan would name
KISS, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Kiss Catalog,
Ltd., The Kiss Company, Kiss Organization, Ltd., Kiss Songs, Inc., Kiss, a
partnership, Universal Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group, MCA
Music, Inc., Polygram Holdings, Inc., Polygram Records, Mercury Records,
Polygram Publishing, Polygram International Publishing, PRI Music, Hori
Productions America, Inc., and Famous Music Corporation as defendents.
*This Month in KISStory*
is edited from
Atlanta KISS Expo
Sunday, February 16, 2003 (Valentine's Weekend!)
at The Atlanta Hilton Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
in Norcross, Georgia.
Very Special Guests to include: Legendary KISS Manager:
Bill Aucoin, Lydia "Beth"
Criss, KISSOnline Webmaster:
"KISS Alive Forever" authors:
Curt Gooch & Jeff Suhs,
Lexington, Kentucky's own "SSG" KISS Tribute Band, and
"The Best KISS Show in the World" Louisville, Kentucky's own
KISS Tribute Band: "KISS ARMY" performing with a completely new
stage show! More surprises to be announced soon! Bill/Lydia/Curt &
Jeff will be doing Q & A sessions.
For more info e-mail:
Cincinnati's first KISS Expo is happening on
Sunday March 23rd
10AM - 6PM.
The Expo will take place at the Holiday Inn 3855 Hauck Rd.
I-275 at Rt. 42 Exit 46 Cincinnati (Sharonville).
Special guests will be former KISS drummer
Eric Singer and live performances
Mr. Speed, SSG
and the all girl tribute band Black Diamonds.
There will be a special Q/A session with Eric Singer in which you can ask
him any question you like. You can also get your photo taken with Eric and
get your KISS items autographed.
Steve Stierwalt, Jr. from www.kissfreaks.com
will be the MC for the event. There will be KISS Trivia and KISS Costume
contests also. There will also be KISS related giveaways throughout the
day. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.
These are two of the
programs I prefer to use, for creating the KISS Getaway