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Brett Weiss - Encyclopaedia of Kiss Book Review


If any band is deserving of a compendium compiling all of their music, personnel, events and related subjects, it's probably Kiss. Throughout a career stretching over 40 years, 21 studio albums and 10 band members, no other band has monetised what they do so brazenly or as successfully as Kiss.

Brett Weiss - Encyclopaedia of Kiss Book Review

At the start of their bombastic and over the top live shows you hear the announcement 'You wanted the best, you got the best' and now, thanks to Brett Weiss' encyclopaedia, we know that I you wanted a Kiss branded coffin, a Kiss branded condom, a Kiss branded pinball machine (or indeed a Playstation 1 Kiss pinball game) you could very well have those too.

To start with the positives, this book is truly, quite impressively exhaustive. As you might expect, every member of Kiss gets an entry, as does each of their albums. You get a two page Paul Stanley biography, about half a page on each album (although the entry for the Dynasty album contains a typo, tut tut) and this is fairly representative of each member and album.

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Gene Simmons Rules Out A Full KISS Reunion


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Gene Simmons has ruled out a reunion of the original Kiss line-up.

The 66-year-old rocker shut down speculation that a recent collaboration between the 'Lick It Up' hitmaker's former guitarist Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley signalled return of the founding members.

When quizzed on the rumours, he said: ''No, that means nothing. We've tried that. Ace and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] came into the band and were thrown out three different times because of drugs and alcohol. I mean, how many strikes do you want? And to new fans, it means nothing.''

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Kiss, Paul Stanley , tommy Thayer - KISS performing live on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia - Tuesday 13th October 2015

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Kiss, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Carr and Paul Stanley

Kiss Singer Gene Simmons' House Searched By L.A.P.D.


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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons had his house in Los Angeles searched on Thursday by the LAPD’s task force on online child abuse – though the singer and his family are not suspects, the force’s spokesperson was at pains to emphasise.

The L.A. Times reported on Friday (August 21st) that the 65 year old rocker’s home in Benedict Canyon was searched by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, after police went to the property with a search warrant yesterday morning.

Gene SimmonsGene Simmons' house was searched by police, though he and his family are not suspected of any wrongdoing

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Kiss - Celebrities at Comic Con in San Diego - San Diego, California, United States - Thursday 9th July 2015

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Download Festival - 2015 Live Review


One of Europe's best rock and metal festivals returned to its home at Donnington Park last weekend and it's safe to say, once again, that Download smashed it. With a range of bands from Kiss, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, We Are Harlot and more all booked to play, there was something for everyone at the festival, and that was one of the most noticeable highlights. 

Download Festival 2015 Review

Despite the torrential rain pouring down during Slipknot's set, they pulled off one of the best shows to date on Friday and set an extremely high standard for the rest of the headliners. Playing hits like 'Psychosocial', 'Devil In I', 'Spit It Out' and 'Custer', and attempting to break the Download record for the most amount of people all jumping up at the same time they certainly went all out. 

Muse were considered to be a controversial band to have booked, but all concerns were quickly dashed as soon as they hit the stage on Saturday. Matt Bellamy's vocal abilities were on top form as the band belted out tracks from their newly released album 'Drones' as well as well-known hits like 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Plug In Baby'. Even those who were indifferent or somewhat disliked Muse couldn't deny that they put on the show of a lifetime complete with dancing lights, pyrotechnics, confetti and inflatable balls. 

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Slipknot Set To Raise The Proverbial Roof At Download Festival 2015


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Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum. 

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Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend. 

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The Cribs Have Released Their New Video And It Features Some Interesting Guests


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Indie-rock band The Cribs have been delighting audiences with their unique blend of alternative, garage and punk rock for over a decade now and it seems that the original Yorkshire trio have finally been noticed by the super big guys: Kiss.

The CribsThe Cribs have released their second single from their sixth album

At least that’s what they want you to think in the video for their latest release, Different Angle, which they have shot entirely on VHS as they meet and greet fans in New York and hang out with look-alikes of Kiss band members.

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DJ and Kiss - Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art's (MoCADA) 1st inaugural Masquerade Ball held at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Leperca Space - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 14th May 2015

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Tommy Thayer and Kiss - 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at Macy's - New York, New York, United States - Friday 28th November 2014

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Kiss - Photographs of the floats, balloons and atmosphere at the 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 27th November 2014

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When Slow Club Met Kiss (Sort Of)


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With three albums under their belt, Slow Club has steadily made their way from working as an unknown live duo act, to a critically acclaimed headlining band. With a slow (as their name suggests) and subtle approach to song writing, you would have difficulty finding any comparison with a heavy metal band like, say, Kiss. And yet, for the music video of 'The Pieces', they called on the themes of obscurity and featured Kiss. well, a Kiss tribute band. According to Charles Watson, founding member of Slow Club, the Kiss tribute band was used because he liked the interesting concept of performing and working as a different band, and performing someone else's songs. 

Slow Club, performing on music streaming website Deezer celebrating its 1st birthday in the UK at a special party at London's Hospital Club London, England
Slow Club released their third studio album, 'Complete Surrender', on 11th July, 2014

Following the release of their third studio album, 'Complete Surrender', on 11th July, 2014, Slow Club explained how they came together and the inspiration behind the music video for 'The Pieces'. Watson explained: "'The Pieces' video was filmed in Huddersfield, and the band are a Kiss tribute band from Belfast. The idea was just kind of to try and get inside the mind of a band that kind of played other people's music and I think it's an interesting concept."

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KISS Rockers Deny Bullying Eric Stonestreet's Mother On A Flight


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Kiss musicians Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have hit back at claims made by actor Eric Stonestreet alleging that the rockers were rude to his mother, Jamey Anne, on a flight. The Modern Family star kept his fans up to date with his mother's travels and started by posting a screenshot of an excitable text conversation with his mother when she had spotted the rock and roll superstars on her plane.

"I think Gene Simmons is on my flight," texted Jamey, adding "Do you think I should go give him a kiss?" However, things apparently soon turned sour, as Stonestreet revealed in another Instagram message.

"Turns out both Gene Simmons AND Paul Stanley were on my mom's flight to Kansas City. Gene tried to bully my mom out of her seat and when she said no, he said, 'It's ok, I just bought the plane' and then asked her for HER autograph. - d**k move... The Paul (sic) called her 'Aunt Bee' - d**k move," he wrote.

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On The Red Carpet At 'American Idol' Season 13 Finale [Pictures]


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Caleb Johnson has been crowned the winner of American Idol Season 13! The 23-year-old was pitted against 17-year-old Jena Irene but was successful in his efforts on Wednesday (21st May). 

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Caleb Johnson won American Idol season 13.

As USA Today reports, this is the third time Johnson auditioned for American Idol but the first time he got past the audition rounds. Yet third time's a charm and Johnson has proven critics wrong by winning the 13th season of American Idol

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Paul Stanley Of Kiss Feels Closely Connected To The Phantom Of The Opera


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Paul Stanley, the frontman of rock band Kiss, has discussed his musical influences, his early interest in music and his connection to the Phantom of the Opera in his upcoming autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed.

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Paul Stanley in his stage make-up performing in 2013.

The 62-year-old musician recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal and discussed the content of his autobiography which is due to be released on May 8th. Born in New York in the early fifties, Stanley, has been a member of one of the longest running and most successful heavy mental groups on the planet, Kiss. He is barely recognisable, much like his other band members, owing to the layers of monochrome make-up which have obscured his features for the last four decades. 

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