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Hello and welcome to the
February 2002 edition of the KISS Getaway. 
Last Updated:
 January 28, 2003


__CURRENT NEWS__

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? 


On http://www.melodicrock.com/
last week, they reported a rumor that
Ace Frehley 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 28th, 2003.

 Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss made the
announcement from
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 
Friday November 1
And for fans who can't swing the trip to Australia to see the show, it will be on pay-per-view.

*Update The 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.
 
"Kiss Symphony" 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

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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 
To Tour 
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 in 
the drummer's seat!


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This Month in KISStory:
February


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".


1975 - 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 Hollywood, CA.


1977 - 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 the RIAA.


1978 - "Rocket Ride" released as a single, it manages #39 in the charts.

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.


1982 - 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.


1988 - Single "Turn On The Night" released. It doesn't chart in the States, but makes #41 in the UK in September.


1989 -  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.


1990 - "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...


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".


1994 - Gene and Paul present the award for "Best New Metal Band" at the American Music Awards.


1995 - 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 the RIAA.

 A reunited KISS, in makeup, appear at the Grammys to present an award.


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 Court (BC176388)...

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 Manson!!

February 24th - Union are voted "best new band" in a Metal Edge reader's poll..


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

KISS Faq.com


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10th Anniversary
Atlanta KISS Expo

   Atlanta KISS Expo
 Sunday, February 16, 2003 (Valentine's Weekend!) 
11am-9pm 
at The Atlanta Hilton Northeast (5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard North) 
in Norcross, Georgia. 

Very Special Guests to include: Legendary KISS Manager: 
Bill Aucoin, Lydia "Beth" Criss, KISSOnline Webmaster: 
Mike Brandvold
"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:
www.kreaturesofthesouth.com's


1st Annual
 Cincinnati 
KISS Expo 2003

 
 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 from 
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.
E-mail:
sstierwalt@digitaltropic.com


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