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2001 New York Heroes Award

Gene, Paul & Peter

12/06/01) The Recording Academy's New York Chapter honored Carole King, KISS, Linda Moran and Russell Simmons on Dec. 4 at its Heroes Awards held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The award recognizes those in the local music community who have made both widespread contributions to the industry.

Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene presented the Heroes Award to three KISS members — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss. Referring to their formidable presence in rock music, Greene quipped, "If all armies were like the KISS Army, we could shut down the recruitment centers." While KISS is well-known for their flamboyant style, Stanley remarked when accepting his award, "We're all nervous because we've never been on a stage like this without makeup."

For more information, visit the Recording Academy's official Web site at Grammy.com.


 

Gene Simmons - 'I Don't Like Handlers'

Number 87

(03/18/02) LIFE Magazine released a book that is dedicated to the 50 years of Rock & Roll and KISS is one of the artists that are featured in multiple areas of the magazine.

KISS get a mention in Dick Clark's Introduction at the beginning of the magazine.

There are two pictures of KISS. One is from the "Eras" section, that is a shot from the Psycho Circus press conference. The other image is in the "Their Mama & Their Papas" which features a picture of KISS, in makeup, with their Parents.

LIFE ranks the top 100 Rock & Rollers of all time. KISS come in at # 87 on the list.

The magazine is on sale now for $9.99 retail. If you get a chance to purchase it, it is well worth the money.


 

Artist of the Day

Billboard - Nov 27, 2001

(11/27/01) Billiboard.com made KISS its Artist of the Day on November 27th, 2001. Click over to Billboard.com to read the full story, "Boxing Thirty Years of KISS".


 

VH1 - 100 Greatest Hard Rock Bands

Number 10

KISS placed in the number ten spot of VH1's "100 Greates Hard Rock Bands." The top ten list was...

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Black Sabbath
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. AC/DC
5. Metallica
6. Nirvana
7. Van Halen
8. The Who
9. Guns N' Roses
10. KISS


 

VH1 - 100 Greatest Artists of Rock n Roll

Number 67

KISS Placed #67 on VH-1's the "100 Greatest Artists of Rock 'N' Roll " List. That lists top ten is:

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Bob Dylan
6. James Brow
7. David Bowie
8. Elvis Presley
9. The Who
10. The Police


 

VH1 - 100 Greatest & Most Shocking Moments

Two Lists

ON the VH-1 list of the "100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock 'N' Roll," KISS Places in the 78th position with "KISS' Gene Simmons burns his hair during a fire-eating stunt (1973)."

Five of the top six "Most Shocking Moments" are death related, with the murder of John Lennon claiming the top spot.

On the VH-1 list of the "100 Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Moments on TV," KISS placed #82 with the "KISS is unmasked on MTV" event.


 

Farewell Tour

Ranked No. 4

KISS placed fourth with $62.7 million on thier Farewell Tour.

Tina Turner was tops on tour with $80.2 million, but 'N Sync (#2 with $76.4 million) sold more tickets than anyone else for the second consecutive year as 1.65 million fans passed through the turnstiles. The Dave Matthews Band was hot on 'N Sync's tail with 1.64 million tickets sold, followed by KISS and Britney Spears with about 1.3 million each, and Turner with 1.25 million.

KISS were the hardest working band, playing 128 shows in 120 cities as part of their latest farewell tour. Only popular parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic played more dates -- 150 in 141 cities, grossing $5.7 million.


 

Money Making Acts

Ranked No. 12

VH1 joined forces with Money magazine to analyze the commercial power of music's big guns, calculating gross revenues from album and concert ticket sales, and assessing their star and money power based on such factors as fan loyalty, crossover appeal, licensing and merchandising deals. The top 25 money-making acts will be revealed to the viewing public on the Feb. 22 installment of VH1's "All Access" series.

'N Sync, with an estimated $267 million in album and ticket sales last year, topped the list, which was supplied to Reuters by VH1. Along with Spears at No. 3, Backstreet Boys at No. 5 and Christina Aguilera at No. 10, 'N Sync benefited from the continuing teen pop phenomenon.

The show's executive producer, Bill Brand, said the list was weighted toward album and tour revenues. Acts benefiting from the more subjective calculations included the rock band KISS (No. 12), the kings of merchandising.


 

Forbes - Celebrity 100 List

Number 47

KISS came in 47th place on the finacial magazines top 100 celebrity earners list. The stats that determined the ranking are:

money rank:

41

earnings:

$24.5 mil

web hits:

40,300

press clips:

28,386

magazine covers:

0

tv/radio hits:

1

The top five on the list were:

  1. Tom Cruise          43.2 mil
  2. Tiger Woods        53.0 mil
  3. Beatles                70.0 mil
  4. Britney Spears     38.5 mil
  5. Bruce Willis          70.0 mil

 

VH1 - Power Ballads

Number 13

(06/15/01) KISS' "Forever" ranks #13 on VH-1's "What's My 20? Power Ballads"

  1. Bon Jovi - "Always"
  2. Journey - "Open Arms"
  3. Aerosmith - "Dream On"
  4. Def Leppard - "Love Bites"
  5. Guns N' Roses - "Don't Cry"
  6. Poison - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
  7. Extreme - "More Than Words"
  8. Skid Row - "I Remember You"
  9. Heart - "Alone"
  10. Warrant - "Heaven"
  11. Van Halen - "When It's Love"
  12. The Scorprions - "Still Loving You"
  13. Kiss - "Forever"
  14. Mr. Big - "To Be With You"
  15. Styx - "Babe"
  16. Tesla - "Love Song"
  17.  Motley Crue - "Home Sweet Home"
  18. Cheap Trick - "The Flame"
  19. Night Ranger - "Sister Christian"
  20. Whitesnake - "Is This Love"

 

VH1 - Top 20 Heavy Metal Acts

Number 8

(7/11/01) These are the top 20 heavy metal acts according to VH1 online votes...

  1. Metallica
  2. Def Leppard
  3. AC/DC
  4. Aerosmith
  5. Guns 'N Roses
  6. Alice in Chains
  7. Ozzy Osbourne
  8. KISS
  9. Motley Crue
  10. Van Halen
  11. Limp Bizkit
  12. Rage Against the Machine
  13. Pantera
  14. Korn
  15. Creed
  16. Stone Temple Pilots
  17. Slayer
  18. Nine Inch Nails
  19. Megadeth
  20. Hole

 

KISS Files

  01/14/05 - fbi.gov

The FBI has posted online documents of their investigation into KISS when they performed throughout Texas in April and May of 1980. The findings concluded that they without any Civil Unrest at their concerts.

Click over to the official site to view the FBI Document.


Paul with David Dingman-Grover
 

KISS Suprise Cancer Survivor

  03/07/05

KISS made a surprise appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Monday, February 28. It was a surprises for cancer survivor David Dingman-Grover on his 10th birthday. KISS is his favorite band. This episode aired Tuesday, March 1, 2005. The show will be rebroadcast on Oxygen (at 11pm ET) on Tuesday, March 8th.

View the video clip >>


 

KISS, Coke and a Smile!!

  04/18/05 - coca-cola.fr

KISS and Coca-Cola France have teamed up for an ad campaign. The camping features the likenesses of the group, but no member of the group actually appears in the campaign.

Click over to the site to view the commercial and other features.

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