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Monday, August 25, 2014

KISSTORY: August 25

1949
Chaim Witz / Gene Klein, a.k.a. Gene Simmons, is born.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paul Stanley opens up about childhood bullying

Paul Stanley found strength when he opened up about being bullied as a child.

The KISS rocker - who was born with a deformed right ear and suffers from deafness as a result - was subjected to years of taunts by his classmates who referred to him as a "monster."

However, the rhythm guitarist found that speaking out about his "painful" past proved to be a "liberating" experience and helped him to find inner strength.

He told German newspaper Bild, "My childhood wasn't very happy and carefree. The other kids called me monster. It was horrible, when your childhood was so painful then you are going to hide yourself. But the problem is: you can have secrets from other people, but not from yourself."

"Nothing is more liberating than to get rid of your secret and start talking about it. Strength comes when you open up yourself and show who you really are, everything else is an illusion."

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KISSTORY: August 24

1998
The single 'Psycho Circus' is released in the US.

2006
Paul Stanley's official web site, paulstanley.com, launches on the internet.

2013
IDW Publishing release KISS: Greatest Hits volume 4 comic book.

Friday, August 22, 2014

KISSTORY: August 22

2001
The premiere of 'Crossing Over' with guest Gene Simmons.

2007
Billboard announces that KISSOLOGY Volume 2 will debut at #1 on both the 'Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos' chart AND the 'Top Music Video' charts. The DVD set sold 46,000 copies in it's first week of release.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KISSTORY: August 20

1988
KISS play at the 'Monsters Of Rock' festival at Castle Donnington, England.

2001
The long form videos of 'Konfidential' and 'Xtreme Closeup' are released in DVD in the UK.

2003
The Darkhorse KISS comic book Issue 12 is released.

2013
Gene Simmons appears on CNBC's Squak On The Street program to promote the new AFL football team, the LA KISS

Kiss drummer Peter Criss visits the FoodBank

When Peter Criss, founding drummer of the band Kiss, visited the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune Monday, his world was rocked.

"I never knew anything like this existed in America," Criss said. "You're always thinking hunger is a Third World problem. We're Americans; we're fat; everyone looks pretty heavy to me."

Criss, along with Q104.3-FM radio host Shelli Sonstein, visited the food bank in their roles as chairpersons of the WindMill restaurant's summerlong 10,000 Hot Dogs anti-hunger campaign.

"These people are doing amazing stuff and my brain hurts from seeing so much of the good things going on, and I can't believe so many people are not eating and have no food," said Criss, a longtime Wall resident who recently was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his fellow Kiss members. "It's ludicrous and it's sad. After today I've realized how much I've taken things for granted."

The food bank annually distributes more than 9 million pounds of food to more than 260 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and more. Other roles include a culinary training program, senior food programs and a mobile food pantry.

"People forget, they come down to the Shore on vacation and our job is to remind them that our summer of fun is a summer of hunger for children in Monmouth and Ocean counties because they're not getting the two meals a day they would normally get in school," Sonstein said. "This is not something people think of that we're trying to highlight."

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Monday, August 18, 2014

KISSTORY: August 18

2001
Gene appears at 'Wizard World' in Chicago.

2013
KISS ends the summer leg of the 2013 Monster Tour in Hollywood, Florida

Saturday, August 16, 2014

St. Louis Radio KSHE-95 Interviews Ace Frehley

Space Invader, the new album from Ace Frehley will hit record stores on Tuesday, August 19th. KSHE, in St. Louis, got to talk to Ace on the phone Wednesday and discussed everything from recording on farmlands to what he loves about St Louis.