The box set with all 42 live recordings from the Kiss Alive 35 tour might be a bit much. Now a Best Of CD from these recordings has been released. This CD features 27 tracks recorded in 21 different locations.
Yesterday (December 21st) Gene Simmons and Eric Singer visited the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills in Monrovia, California. They signed autographs while telling the kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Pasadena Star News has published an article with eight photos from the event. Check this out here: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/columnists/ci_14044097
Both Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley will attend the annual NAMM show in Anaheim, California January 14th-17th. NAMM stands for The National Association of Music Merchants and the NAMM show is the most important trade event in the music business. Other attendees include Eddie Van Halen and Nikki Sixx.
As reported earlier, Ace Frehley's upcoming DVD "Behind The Player" will be released in January. It is now confirmed that Seasons Of Mist will take care of the European distribution. The DVD can be pre-ordered here:
Behind the Player
As mentioned here earlier, a guitar signed by Ace Frehley is up for auction at a charity auction held by Swedish National Radio supporing the fight against malaria. However, this is not a guitar previously owned by Ace Frehley as reported earlier. This is an acoustic guitar that Ace Frehley signed during his visit to Sweden earlier this month. The auction can be found here.
Later today (December 16th) a guitar previously owned by Ace Frehley will be available at a charity auction held by Swedish national radio in support of the fight against malaria. More details will be available later here and here.
January 19th sees the release of the new Ace Frehley DVD called "Behind The Player". This is an instructional DVD where Ace shows how to play songs like "Shock Me" and "Cold Gin". Behind-the-scenes footage will also be included. The DVD can be ordered here: Behind the Player
The Kiss show this Tuesday (December 15th) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada will not take place as scheduled. The show will be postponed to the summer of 2010. The reason for the cancellation is the severe weather conditions.
As mentioned here before, Gene Simmons plays the role of a lawyer in the new movie "Extract", directed by Mike Judge. A new interview with Mike Judge can be found here. Mike reveals that he didn't think that many people would recognize Gene without makeup...
The national Swedish newspaper Expressen has made an exclusive interview with Gene Simmons. Nothing new is of course revealed. He says that Paul Stanley is more sophisticated than himself - "Paul likes old carpets more than monster movies". The interview (in Swedish) can be found here.
Kiss had a busy day in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Besides the show they visited the middle school and they did a free signing session at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tulsa World has done a story about this which you can find here.
Tulsa World reports that today (December 9th) Kiss will hold a press conference at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. This will be open for everyone and it's free entrance. After the press conference, Kiss will stay for a signing session. Read more here.
The well-known photographer Neil Zlozower has recently released a new book called "Six-String Heroes". 150 of the world's greatest guitar players are featured in this book and one of them is Bruce Kulick.
This Saturday Neil Zlozower held a signing session where Bruce was present. Footage can be seen here:
In addition to the segment shown on Swedish TV on Saturday, some bonus material from Ace Frehley's visit to the talk show "Robins" can be seen here. Ace is featured from about one minute into the clip.
I attended the Ace Frehley show yesterday (December 6th) at Trädgårn in Gothenburg, Sweden. The venue was almost sold out (1000 persons). I must say Ace was in very good shape and the show was absolutely brilliant. The highlights were "Rock Soldiers" and the final song which was "Cold Gin".
The reviews from the Swedish shows were unfortunately that good... Check the biggest newspapers here and here.
As Kiss On Fire could reveal already November 23rd, Kiss are confirmed for the Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. Kiss will perform June 4th at Rock Am Ring and June 5th at Rock Im Park.
I'm proud to see that the official Gene Simmons site has taken my news piece about the prank show. My posting is copied word by word. Unfortunatley there is no mentioning that the details is taken from Kiss On Fire but I am used to it, the same has happened at Kissonline. http://www.genesimmons.com/
In February 2010 a new edition of the Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp will take place, this time in Hollywood. Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick are two of the celebrities to be included in this edition. Read more here: http://www.rockcamp.com/hollywood2010.html
Gene Simmons will be one of celebrity participants in the new season of CBS's prank show "I Get That A Lot". Here's Gene Simmons as a psychic guru teaching the power of touching customers. The show will start airing January 6th.
There has been a lot of problems and confusion regarding the video for the Kiss song "Modern Day Delilah". This was shown and Scuzz TV but it was taken off the net. The video was also removed from Youtube. Now this version without sound is available on Youtube.
The German TV show "Heute Leute" (meaning "Today's People") did an interview with Kiss at the show in Anaheim. As always on German TV, the answers are dubbed. But I know that much German to tell you that the answers are the usual ones...
Ace Frehley's European tour has now started. The first show took place in Drammen. Norway November 29th. Ace's set list consisted of the following songs:
Rocket Ride Parasite Snow Blind Sister Outer Space Speedin' Back To My Baby Rock Soldiers Love Her All I Can 2.000 Man Fox On The Run New York Groove Foxy & Free Shock Me Shout It Out Loud Deuce Love Gun Cold Gin