Original KISS Drummer Peter Criss To Appear At Knoxville Fanboy Expo

Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is among the guests who will be appearing at the Knoxville Fanboy Expo. That event will be held on October 29-31 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, TN. Further celebrity appearances can be found HERE.

Former KISS And Cinderella Touring Keyboardist Gary Corbett Passes Away

Former KISS and Cinderella touring keyboardist Gary Corbett has sadly passed away. This news comes after he was previously diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer that spread to his brain and hip.

Corbett’s family issued the following statement:

“It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the Cohen/Corbett family needs to let everyone know that after a hard-fought battle with cancer Gary Corbett passed away last night on Wednesday [July] 14, 2021 Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding. A memorial event is being planned. The details will come at a later date Today is Gary’s birthday. Please keep Gary and our family in your thoughts and your heart. Gary Corbett will be truly and deeply missed by all who know him. Lenora Corbett/Cohen and Mindy Cohen.”

KISS and Cinderella both commented as well:

KISS:

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Corbett to cancer. In addition to being a successful songwriter and session musician, Gary played keyboards on Paul’s first solo tour and with KISS during the Crazy Nights, Hot In The Shade and Revenge tours. We shared many great times back then and send our condolences to his wife Lenora and his family.”

Cinderella:

“Late [Wednesday] night, while we were still trying to process the sad news of losing Jeff, we got word that our long time keyboard player Gary Corbett lost his battle with cancer. Gary was a talented musician and good hearted friend. He toured with Cinderella on and off for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to Gary’s wife Lenora and his family and loved ones. RIP Gary.”

Peter Criss Wouldn’t Let KISS Use “Beth” In “Biography: KISStory” Documentary

During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Paul Stanley revealed that Peter Criss wouldn’t give the band permission to use “Beth” in their new documentary “Biography: KISStory,” which is set to air on A&E across two nights on June 27-28 at 9:00 p.m. Stanley said the following about Ace Frehley and Criss’ lack of involvement in the film:

“It’s sad, but that kind of fits into the whole dynamic. We did the best we could. We tried numerous times in all different ways to have them be part of it, but this idea of final editing and money and this and that. … It was like, ‘No, your involvement doesn’t warrant that.’ And who ultimately loses out in a situation like this? They do. I don’t really want to trash those guys, because we wouldn’t be here today if they hadn’t been in the band, and we wouldn’t be here today if they still were.”

KISS Announce “Cold Gin” Gin

KISS have teamed up with Brands For Fans to create their own gin. The beverage, which is appropriately called “Cold Gin,” is currently available to order in Sweden, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

The following was said about the gin on brandsforfans.com:

“You wanted the best, you got the best – ice-cold KISS gin to go with your tonic! It’s what legions of KISS fans have been waiting for since the release of the band’s classic track “Cold Gin” in 1974.

You can now crank up the music and raise a glass of KISS Cold Gin to unleash your inner Rockstar!

Following the massive success of the 2020 launch of KISS Rum Kollection portfolio, Brands For Fans, KISS and their licensing agent, Epic Rights, responded to the overwhelming demand from fans for another high-quality KISS beverage. Don’t consider gin a rock ‘n’ roll liquor? – think again! Like the band, KISS Cold Gin is bold and uncompromising. Inspired by the band’s roots in New York City, KISS gin creates a taste explosion that’s always cranked up to 11.

It’s only natural that rock titans, KISS, collaborated with an award-winning company like Brands For Fans to create a product as pure as the rock ‘n’ roll they play. KISS Cold Gin has a five-time distilled base including juniper, lemon peel and a selection of fine spices. There are no artificial flavours or added sweeteners. To maintain the highest quality, additional flavours of juniper and lemon are macerated and blended with the distillate, achieving a full balance of the botanical experience.

“Now it REALLY is Cold Gin time. If gin is your thing then this is the one to bring. Like the song, this one’s a classic!” – Founding member of KISS, Paul Stanley.

As you would expect, KISS Cold Gin doesn’t just taste great; it looks incredible too! Impress your friends with the stylish bottle, including eye-catching silver and gold details, with all four band members metallically illustrated on each side of the Brooklyn Bridge. The main label features a gold disc and the iconic landmarks of New York City and the Manhattan Skyline, while the stunning art deco pattern behind the disc is based on the scales of The Demon’s boots. The label artwork is a stunning homage to KISSTORY and the band’s musical roots.

Currently KISS Cold Gin is available to order in Sweden, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Shop here: http://smarturl.it/ColdGin

More markets will be announced in coming months.

KISS Cold Gin: Tasting Notes:

  • Nose – spicy with clear tones of juniper, a generous aroma and classic gin character
  • Palate – well balanced with clear character of juniper, citrus and herbs, lemon peel and angelica root
  • Finish – intensifies and grows in the mouth. Full bodied, clear and lasting character of juniper with a dry finish which is distinctively crisp and maintains an astringent character”

Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of KISS Continuing Without Any Original Members: “KISS Is Bigger Than Any Member”

During a recent interview with Radio Bob!, Paul Stanley said he still thinks KISS could continue with no original members after the current lineup’s farewell tour. He said the following about that when asked about a hypothetical KISS 2.0:

“I think that recasting KISS or KISS 2.0 is not what we have ever talked about. Can KISS continue and can it evolve without us in it? Well, yeah, because it’s already 50 percent there. In other words, there was a time where people said, ‘Well, it can only be the original four.’ [And then] it was, ‘Well, it can only be the original three.’ Well, things move on and circumstances change. Could I see KISS evolving with different personnel? Yeah. As big a fan as I am of what I do — and I think I’m damn good — there’s other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy and to the live show and to the music. It would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0. If it were to happen, yeah, it would be really just a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always had, and that’s that KISS is bigger than any member.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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KISS Announce 2021 U.S. Leg Of “End Of The Road” Tour

KISS have announced the dates for the 2021 U.S. leg of their “End Of The Road” tour. The band commented:

“Time marched on but we couldn’t. Now the boots are on and we’re hauling an extra year’s worth of pyro, lights and spectacle. WE ARE BACK! We’re pumped and can’t wait to celebrate with our biggest, wildest and hottest show ever!”

Tour Dates:

08/18 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/19 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/21 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/22 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
08/25 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
08/26 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/28 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/29 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09/01 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/02 Dayton, OH – Wright State University Nutter Center
09/04 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
09/09 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/10 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/12 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
09/17 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
09/18 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
09/21 Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
09/22 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/23 Sparks, NV – Nugget Event Center
09/25 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/26 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/28 Hidalgo, TX – Payne Arena
09/29 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
10/02 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
10/05 Biloxi, MI – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
10/06 Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Cajundome
10/08 West Palm Beach, FL – iThink Financial Amphitheatre
10/09 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Paul Stanley On The Possibility Of Ace Frehley And Peter Criss Taking Part In KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour: “If It’s Meant To Be, It Will Happen”

During an interview with Rock Antenne, KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked if he had any news regarding the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:

“I have none. This really is a celebration of KISS, not any lineup of the band. And while I will say that KISS wouldn’t have existed without Ace and Peter in the beginning, I can also say that KISS wouldn’t exist with Ace and Peter in the band today. So, that being said, look, it’s a celebration of the band, and whatever happens will happen. I have no feelings of wanting to omit them or not have them be a part of it. But I’m not losing sleep over it. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Paul Stanley On Upcoming KISS Biopic: “The Script Was Really Good”

During a recent interview with Download host Kylie Olsson, Paul Stanley discussed the upcoming KISS biopic “Shout It Out Loud.” As previously reported, that film is expected to be released through Netflix.

Stanley said the following about the movie:

“It is definitely happening. And that’s gonna be really interesting. The script was really good. And we really waited until we felt comfortable.

Look, you get once chance to do it, and I would rather not do it than do it half assed or poorly. Our director [Joachim Rønning] is the real deal. He did ‘Maleficent 2’, and he’s not some hack; he knows how to make movies. It should be great. Casting hasn’t begun yet. But that will be interesting too.”

He continued when asked which actor he wants to play him:

“And I will tell you this: for casting to be accurate in terms of age, we are looking at actors in their early 20s. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot of actors in their early 20s. When people get asked these kinds of questions, they’ll say, ‘Oh, Brad Pitt,’ or this one or that one. Well, those guys are in their 50s or 60s, so you’re talking about another generation of actors. And I’m the first to say I’m not up on a lot of them. But as the casting process goes on, I’ll certainly be there and watching. It’ll be interesting to see how someone else — be it the casting people or the director — how they view who I am and who they see doing that. I think I’ll learn a lot about their perception of me by who they cast.”

[via Blabbermouth]

KISS Return To Comics In New Dynamite Series “Phantom Obsession”

Dynamite have announced a new KISS comic book series called “Phantom Obsession.” The first issue will be released in August 2021. The comic was written by Ian Edginton and it also features contributions from artist Celor, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Troy Peteri.

Here’s a description of the comic [via Blabbermouth]:

“As a young man in 1978, Darius Cho attended a concert of his favorite band, a memory that has stuck with him to this day. Now he is a massively wealthy tech giant, but mysteriously reclusive. Some even believe he may not exist at all, simply serving as a ghostly facade for an endless consortium of corporations. At least until KISS receives an all-expense invitation to play an exclusive concert for him. Playing for an audience of just Cho, his assistant and a crowd of “Westworld”-style androids invented by the mega-billionaire, everything seems a little off… Especially when the band wakes up in luxurious accommodations, but with no way to leave, and their powerful talismans stolen from them!”

The following was also added:

“In addition to a concert scene, of course, and the band’s fight to break free from Cho’s captivity, Edginton is tackling some serious questions in the series. Delving into science fiction territory with an exploration of humanity and identity by way of the androids. Which ties right into the band’s famous identities involving masks and makeup. Also featured will be a romp through a theme park, with reference and influence from major parts of Japanese culture like Godzilla and the horrific manga works of Junji Ito. But ultimately, Edginton confirms, ‘It sounds deep, but it’s mostly about robots, monsters, and blowing shit up!'”

Edginton further commented:

“It was 1977, in the U.K., and I was 14. I actually discovered KISS in issues #12 and 13 of Marvel’s Howard The Duck! I didn’t know who the hell they were, but loved the look. A friend of mine who knew his metal played me the ‘Love Gun’ album and I was hooked, which is why ‘Love Gun’ (song and album) has always been my favorite!”

Several covers will be available including ones created by Celor, Jae Lee, Stuart Sayger, and Tim Seeley.

KISS Stream Live Version Of “Heaven’s On Fire” From “Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001”

KISS are streaming a live version of their song “Heaven’s On Fire.” This version of the track is from the band’s new live album, “Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001,” which will be released on June 11. That effort features the band’s March 13, 2001 show at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and it will be available as a 3-LP vinyl set, a 2-CD set, and digitally.