Last month, KISS filed to trademark the phrase “The End of the Road”, and many speculated that the band did so for a potential farewell tour. Now, during a recent interview with Michael Cavacini, Paul Stanley offered an explanation:
“It’s not the first trademark that’s been filed. I thought it was a terrific name, and I was surprised nobody had used it before. I wanted to make sure that when we used it, and there will be a time that we do, I imagine — I wanted to be sure that we own it and it’s ours. When we wanted to go out and do the ‘Hottest Show On Earth’ tour, Ringling Bros. came to us and said, ‘You can’t do that.’ It set off a light and bell for me. We’ve always had slogans or sayings that are synonymous with us, and this was another. Everything does end, in one form or another. When it’s my time, I want to go out in style, and I want to go out guns blazing. So, when I came up with this idea, I thought let’s make sure we tie this up.”
It is presently unkown if the request for the trademark was granted. Since Stanley and Gene Simmons have repeatedly said that the band could continue without them, it’s possible the name can just be used for their personal farewells in the future.
Invictus Md Strategies Corp. has apparently recruited KISS’ Gene Simmons as their chief evangelist officer. He will essentially be helping the company with public awareness and branding strategies for recreational marijuana, which is anticipated to be legal in Canada this year. His role will include providing marketing counsel, serving as a media spokesperson, making public appearances, participating in annual meetings, etc.
Dan Kriznic, chairman and CEO of Invictus, commented:
“Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius, who not only created one of the most iconic bands of all time, but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries. Gene will lead marketing initiatives that will help spread the positive messages that dwell at the heart of Invictus in accordance with the strict regulations of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR).”
“Values and family are very important to me, and when I first connected with Dan at Invictus, I understood immediately that we enjoyed a shared passion for these key life foundations. Instead of launching straight into business, we talked about the things that matter the most.”
A new KISS / Vampirella 144-page comic book will be released on February 14. You can pre-order that HERE, and read an official description below:
“L.A. is a strange town on the best of days, but in the summer of 1974, the City of Angels feels especially demonic. As temperatures soar and wildfires burn, all sorts of strange creatures are drawn to town, including Vampirella. While Vampi goes out and hunts down monsters all across La La Land – defending humanity from evil – she’s also killing it every night on stage as a member of the all-girl rock group Witchkraft – defending rock ‘n’ roll from a dying scene. Help arrives in the form of four creatures who’ve just flown into town: The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Catman. Away from their home turf and trying to record their new album, KISS discovers that all their favorite L.A. bands have mysteriously broken up, disappeared, sold out, or gone crazy. Led by a driver who moonlights in the occult and haunted by satanic strangers dressed in black, KISS finds themselves drawn into a web conspiracy that threatens to kill rock ‘n’ roll itself.”
It looks like Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) will be joining John 5 (Rob Zombie. ex-Marilyn Manson) onstage during his April 6 show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. This news comes after it was previously confirmed that Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), and Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) would be performing at the concert as well.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons once again at Simmons’ Vault Experience Event at Walter Grace Vintage Guitars in Miami, FL. You can see footage of the two performing and having a good time below. If you don’t want to watch the Q&A, skip to about the 41-minute mark to see their performance.
It has been announced that Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick, and Bob Kulick will all perform on the 2018 edition of the KISS Kruise. KISS themselves will also play two full sets and a stripped down set. The cruise will set sail from Miami, FL on Halloween (October 31) and it will last until November 5.