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KISS – St. John’s, NL Saturday August 3rd, 2013

September 2nd, 2013

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Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Mile One Center
St. John’s, NL

Review & Photo’s by Celtic Bob

 

This was Kiss’ second ever only show in this great Province (The first was 2011 in mine and EvilG’s hometown) and the first of 2 back to back nights at Mile One. The venue holds about 6-7,000 people so you get a decent view even if you are in the nosebleed seats.

I was in attendance at the 2011 outdoor show (REVIEW HERE) in the midst of a torrential rainstorm (and 25k + Fans) that began just moments before the band hit the stage. This time it was indoors so it would be a much more enjoyable evening.

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KISS – Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, Jul 4th, 2013

July 10th, 2013

KISS

Press conference, 40th anniversary tour
Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

by Metal Rules guest contributor, Darrin Pope
Pics by Fawn Downey

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

KISS Press conference, 40th anniversary tour, Tom Lee Music, Vancouver, July 4th, 2013

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KISS: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

July 9th, 2013

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KISS

3′rd of June 2013

Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA BY COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. rockers KISS opened up their European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden on 1’st of June. The show was the World Premier of bands new spectacular stage titled “Spider”.  Now, two days later, the KISS circus arrived in Helsinki. The band has been a regular visitor to Finland during past few years but there’s still a lot of demand for the band since they sold over 15,000 tickets in Hartwall Arena. It’s KISSin’ time again!

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KISS – Drummer Eric Singer

June 19th, 2013

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ERIC SINGER

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

WITH COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK MAGAZINE

Legendary U.S. band KISS started its long awaited European leg of the Monster tour in Friends Arena, Stockholm on 1’st of June. The band introduced in front of 30 000 fans, its new spectacular stage set called the “Spider”. Two days later, KISS landed in Finland and played a sold out show in the Hartwall Arena. I met the band’s drummer, Eric Singer, the day after the gig at the hotel in Helsinki. Eric was really excited about the new tour and because of his very good mood we then had a long conversation about the Monster tour, the Spider, KISS fan-dom, the future of KISS, and various other topics. Read on !

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KISS – Paul Stanley

August 29th, 2012

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PAUL STANLEY

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND PETTERI LIMNELL

Legendary rock icons KISS are back with their new album MONSTER. The album, the 20th studio release in their long lasting career, is set for release in the middle of October through Universal Music. The follow up for the 2009 release SONIC BOOM includes 12 straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll tracks and it features collaborations of all four band members: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. The band landed in Europe in early July for a brief promotional tour which included live shows in Oslo and London. We met a very cheerful Stanley in London prior to the bands sold out performance at the HMV Forum and discussed about MONSTER, Kiss Kruise, future plans, as well as many other interesting topics… Read on!

THIS INTERVIEW IS RELEASED BY THE COURTESY OF THIS IS ROCK -MAGAZINE

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BRUCE KULICK – Solo artist, Grand Funk Railroad, Union, ex-KISS

April 17th, 2011

Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

BRUCE KULICK

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Current solo artist and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known about his stunt with U.S. music icons KISS. However, there’s plenty more that he’s been involved with during his long career which originally started in the mid-70’s. Bruce did his first major tour in 1978 with Meat Loaf, together with his older brother Bob, and later on he worked with such famous names as Michael Bolton, Billy Squier and Good Rats before he was asked to join KISS and replace Mark St. John in 1984. During the next eleven years Bruce recorded altogether five studio albums with KISS including ASYLUM, CRAZY NIGHTS and REVENGE before band decided to make a reunion with the original Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss lineup in 1996. After KISS, Bruce started a brand new band called Union together with onetime Motley Crue singer John Corabi, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Jamie Hunting. Band released two highly acclaimed albums UNION (1998) and BLUE ROOM (2000) before they slowly disbanded out from the picture. In 2001 Kulick released his first solo album AUDIODOG and he also joined classic U.S rock band Grand Funk Railroad with whom he’s been playing since then. Now, ten years later, Bruce is as busy man as ever. The third solo album BK3 got released in 2010 and he’s been a part of numerous different projects including guest appearances on albums of such artists as Lordi, Shameless, Sebastian Gava, Tim Owens and his former KISS colleagues Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons solo releases. What did bring Bruce in Finland in year 2011 is another project called ESP (Eric Singer Project). The band, which consist of current KISS drummer and Bruce’s former colleague Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garrick (Alice Cooper) and another Bruce’s old mate John Corabi is a kind of “just for fun” type of band which keeps on doing small tours around the world every then and now when its members have free from their other commitments. ESP was originally formed in 1998 and they have released all covers album in late 90’s plus some live releases including DVD called LIVE AT THE MARQUEE (2005). ESP visited first time in Finland back in 2008 and they now returned to play again in the front of fanatic KISS ARMY FINLAND in Nosturi in Helsinki. Bruce was kind enough to give some time for us and tell all the latest news but also lot of interesting stories from the past including his early career, the state of Union and, of course, lots of interesting KISS stories and much more. Read on!

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KISS – guitarist Tommy Thayer

August 14th, 2010

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KISS – Tommy Thayer

TOMMY THAYER

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Tommy Thayer has been playing with KISS for years but for many he’s still “the new member” in the band. Thayer replaced original guitarist Ace Frehley in 2002 and since then he’s been playing the “Spaceman” character in the band. Thayer has been a member of KISS for over eight years now but he’s actually been working with KISS or some its members in many different occasions starting already in the late 80’s. Thayer’s old band Black’n Blue was working with Gene Simmons as their producer and since the band eventually broke up in 1989 Thayer’s been very close to KISS camp.  Although the original KISS have been gone for years, Eric Singer has replaced Peter Criss and plays the “Catman” character, the band is still going on strong and they keep on doing successful tours and performing in front of massive crowds around the globe. The current lineup released its first studio album titled SONIC BOOM on last year it has become another success story in their long history. Two years ago KISS did one of its most successful tours in history titled “Alive 35” and now they finally came back for more with their brand new “Sonic Boom over Europe” tour. The circus arrived in Malmo in early June and then I had a chance to sit down with Tommy and get some recent info from the “Spaceman” himself.

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Legendary manager – BILL AUCOIN (R.I.P)

July 1st, 2010

Bill Aucoin

BILL AUCOIN

Legendary manager Bill Aucoin sadly passed away at age 66 in June 28th after losing his long battle against prostate cancer. Bill was the man known for masterminding and managing the career of the group KISS but later on he also managed such bands as: Starz, Billy Squier and Billy Idol amongst many other names. I interviewed Bill back in 2006 in Helsinki when was here working with Finnish monster band Lordi. For reason or another this interview was never published in here in Metal-Rules.com so I decided to do it now as my tribute to Bill.

REST IN PEACE BILL !

INTERVIEW AND QUESTIONS BY MARKO SYRJALA

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTION BY MAURA HAIMOLA

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KISS: Live at Liverpool, U.K 2010

May 14th, 2010

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KISS

May 5th 2010

Echo Arena, Liverpool, U.K

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

It’s been two years since KISS finished their highly successful Alive 35 -tour in Europe. Last year the band released a brand new studio album SONIC BOOM, their first in eleven years, and now the band brings their rock’n roll circus back here under the banner SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE : FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE BOOM.  The new tour started just under a week ago from Sheffield and now it was time to check out how the”Hottest Band In The World” rocked in Liverpool.

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Paul Stanley of KISS

March 14th, 2010

PAUL STANLEY

 

 

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KISS returns to Europe in the spring with their massive SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE tour after two years on the road with their mega successful ALIVE 35 tour. The new tour is a part of the band’s world tour to support their latest studio disc SONIC BOOM which was released last August. In Early February the band did a series of press conferences in Europe. They first spent a couple of days in Germany and then later on two days in the U.K to promote their forthcoming tour. In London we had an amazing chance to interview Kiss’lead vocalist/guitarist and founding member Paul Stanley. Topics covered included the upcoming tour and the latest album but some other interesting information as well… read on.

 

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ 

 

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KISS: Live at Islington O2 Academy, London U.K

March 10th, 2010

KISS

O2 Academy, Islington LONDON

MARCH 2 2010

REVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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KISS treated their fans and VIP/media –people with very special one off club show in London Islinghton’s O2 Academy. This was a historical show in many ways, or should we say “Kisstorical”, because this was their smallest gig in 22 years. It was back in 1988 when KISS last time played such a club show in Marquee Club in London in front of just few hundred people. The purpose of this show was to help promote bands upcoming SONIC BOOM OVER EUROPE –tour.

 

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KISS – Paul Stanley

May 13th, 2008
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PAUL STANLEY

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

TRANSCRIPTION BY JARNO HUOVILA

After a long last Gene "Demon" Simmons and Paul "StarChild" Stanley, the two remaining pillars of the institution that KISS has become, have finally been lured away from their extra-curricular activities (ranging from "reality" television to art galleries and musicals). Along with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, stand-ins for the legendary "Space" Ace Frehley and "Catman" Peter Criss respectively, they’re now ready to rock the nations once more. With the first leg of the KISS ALIVE 35 -tour in the South Pacific  now behind them, next in turn will be the old world, Europe. Paul Stanley was kind enough to shine some light on matters still laying ahead for Kiss and some that, for many, should perhaps remain buried in the past. Even with 35 years worth of history, when it comes to kicking ass live, KISS still have their sights set on the future. Rock on.

 

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KISS – Live at F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

April 1st, 2008

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KISS 


Live at F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne

16.03 2008

AUSTRALIA


A large proportion of about 100 000 F1 Grand Prix fans stayed to the see American rock legends in full costumes in action. It was hard to pinpoint exact numbers but it was later announced that more than 10 000 people upgraded their standard F1 tickets for “KISS pole position” passes which gave closer access to the stage. The Melbourne show was the first stop on the bands 35th anniversary ALIVE 35 -world tour and it was definitely a good place to start. Australians have always been big KISS fans and the band still has a huge following there.  What also made this show very special is the fact that this was the bands first outdoor concert in Australia since their very first tour there in 1980.

 

Live review and pictures by Marko Syrjälä

 

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