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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Update from Gene!

Today went through the entire set we intend on playing in the forthcoming SOUTH AMERICAN swing of our KISS Alive 35 World Tour. If you've seen some of the media coming out of S. America, you'll notice we're mostly playing soccer stadiums...and we're told the tix are almost all gone.Today was a special day -- we all lined up to get Yellow Fever shots. Great. No one was anxious to get stung by a needle, but if that's what it takes for us to get together with 50,000 close friends we'll role up our sleeves.We've also been recording our first New Studio Album in 11 years!!!. Produced by Paul Stanley. And, having Paul simply decide things, works better. Democracy is highly overrated. Paul is kickin' ass. The material sounds great and Tommy and Eric are in great form.We have 4 tunes recorded. If you're a fan of our stuff from about 1977, you'll feel right at home. All of us have taken up the songwriting call to arms in the same spirit we once did -- without a care in the world and without outside writers. Nothing to prove to anyone. Just doing what comes naturally. Ignoring fashions, trends and with a personal vow from all of us: no rapping. There are plenty of people out there doing this and they don't need four palefaced guys pretending they're from the hood. Besides, I'm not sure how to correctly pronounce "wassup."Tommy is finishing his solo tune. Sounds great, I can tell you. And Eric is going to sing on the album.Most importantly, we are having the time of our lives, and can't wait to see our friends South of the Border.We hop on our jet April 1st, on the way to gig #1-Santiago.See you all there...Or maybe later!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kiss are in the studio!

The first studio album from Kiss in more than a decade will include songs “about the obvious things,” says bassist-singer Gene Simmons, citing titles such as “Rotten To The Core.” “No secret to life, no political messaging, nothing like that,” he says of the lyrics.
As previously reported, Simmons confirms Kiss’ first album since 1998’s Psycho Circus will be produced by singer-guitarist Paul Stanley. “I don’t have enough time to tie my shoelaces and there’s nobody else I trust more than Paul,” says Simmons, who’s currently in Toronto to find three Canadian acts to sign to his recently resurrected Simmons Records, for which he has partnered with Universal Music Canada and businesswoman/former politician Belinda Stronach.
While he juggles all his other projects and pursuits, the band is also in the studio. The songs are all written, Simmons says. “There’s nothing to prove to anybody. We’re not interested in musical trends or anything else. We’re too long in the tooth for that. So it’s going to be sort of a classic ’70s rock & roll vibe. Meat and potatoes. You know, sometimes you just want to go out and have a meat and potatoes thing [and] forget the French dressing.”
Kiss — Simmons, Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer — will also continue touring for its 35th (now 37th) anniversary, beginning in South America in Santiago, Chile. Last year, the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour hit Europe, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and a few U.S. cities.

New Kiss date added

KISS will make their first ever appearance in Colombia on April 11!

2009 South American KISS dates:
4/3/09 Arena Movistar - Santiago, Chile
4/5/09 River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires, Argentina
4/7/09 Arena Anhembi - Sao Paolo, Brazil
4/8/09 Apotease - Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil
4/11/09 Simon Bolivar Park - Bogota, Colombia
4/14/09 Estadio Nacional Stadium - Lima, Peru
4/17/09 Caracas, Venezuela - Hipodromo la Rinconada

Tommy Thayer Gives New Album Update

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer recently spoke with Brazilian fan club KISS Killers Brazil about a number of topics. The subject of the new KISS album can be read below:

KISS Killers Brazil: Tell me about the new album from Kiss. Can you say something about it?
Tommy: "We're in the recording studio right now working. Your gonna love it!"

KISS Killers Brazil: Will you will sing a song in the album?
Tommy: "No plans to."

KISS Killers Brazil: With the release of the album, do you believe that the band would return to Brazil?
Tommy: "I think that's a great idea."

Read the full article at KissKillers.com.