Tag Archives: KISS

Which shirt?

14 Oct

The members of KISS have landed at Narita Airport near Tokyo a couple hours ago (at about 5PM JST on Monday, October 14, 2013).

Tomorrow (October 15th), the Japanese convenience store chain “Sunkus” will begin selling “KISS spicy chili tomato” buns until late October.

I’ll be buying one tomorrow.

And next Saturday (October 19th) is their first show on their 2013 Japan Tour!
It’s sold-out but I have a ticket!

I saw the merchandise that they’ll be selling on their Japan tour … many things, including ten T-shirt designs.

There are two shirt designs that I like.
Which do you think is nicer?

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Loudpark ’13

5 Oct

Loudpark, the annual heavy-metal festival that is held every October in either Saitama or Chiba (near Tokyo) will be held at the Saitama Super Arena on October 19th and 20th (2013).

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Many bands will play, including Stone Temple Pilots, Europe, Lordi, King Diamond and many others.

Personally, I don’t like music festivals much. Usually there are too many bands that I don’t care about.
I did go to OzzFest Japan last spring because I wanted to see Black Sabbath … but I usually prefer regular concerts with only one or two bands.

But I’m definitely not going to Loudpark this year because it is scheduled on the same weekend as the KISS concert that I’m going to!

Are you going to Loudpark ?
Are you going to see KISS in Japan?
Which seems like a better concert to you?

Heavy Metal Football

18 Aug

I grew up in Tampa Bay, Florida so naturally my favorite American football team has always been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … but I guess I’ll be supporting a Los Angeles team from now on.

My favorite rock band, KISS, have just purchased their own professional American football team!

They’re called L.A. KISS.

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Not a very good football team name … but that’s the name of the band, so I guess it can’t be helped.

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Got my ticket!

6 Aug

KISS‘s upcoming Saturday, October 19th (2013) show at the 幕張メッセ (Makuhari Messe) near Tokyo is sold-out.

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But my friend got us both excellent seats for this sold-out show. He mailed my ticket and these チラシ (flyers) to me … I received them today!

Because this show is sold-out, KISS added two more shows to their Japan tour … both at the famous 日本武道館 (Budokan) in Tokyo.

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Besides these KISS flyers, my friend sent my a flyer for this Thursday’s Aerosmith / Japanese band B’z show.

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KISS Monster Tour, Japan

10 Jun

KISS is scheduled to play four shows in Japan to promote their latest album “Monster”.

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The scheduled dates are:

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – Chiba, Japan

Monday, October 21, 2013 – Osaka, Japan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Tokyo, Japan (still unconfirmed)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 – Tokyo, Japan (still unconfirmed)

Here is the チラシ (flyer) for the KISS Monster Japan Tour 2013:

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And when major world-famous musicians are scheduled to play in Japan, there is usually an ad or article about it in the newspapers here.
KISS’s upcoming tour is mentioned in today’s paper:

It says “Seven years since their last Japan tour, the American hard rock band KISS”

KISS is back

5 Oct

Next Wednesday (2012 October 12th), the new KISS album “Monster” will be released in Japan.

Album cover of KISS “Monster”

The track listing is:
Hell Or Hallelujah
Wall Of Sound
‘Freak
Back To The Stone Age
Shout Mercy
Long Way Down
Eat Your Heart Out
The Devil Is Me
Outta This World
All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
Take Me Down Below
Last Chance
Right Here Right Now

The Japanese version of the album will include a bonus track (as many Japanese pressings of albums do), which will be the live version of ‘King Of The Nighttime World‘.

The video for the single ‘Hell Or Hallelujah‘ is here:

And the November 2012 issue of the Japanese heavy metal magazine called “Burrn!” went on sale today and Paul Stanley of KISS is on the cover.

Also…the iconic Japanese character Hello Kitty teamed up with KISS and a huge variety of products showing Hello Kitty‘s face painted in KISS make-up is now available in Japan.

Anyways, please take my poll and also leave a comment to tell me what you think of the rock band KISS and whether or not you’ll buy their new album:

Back to the ’80s

9 Jan

I grew up in the 1980s. By “grew up”, I mean from 1980 until 1989, I was between the ages of ten to 19.

Do you remember the ’80s? What do you remember that decade for the most?

Ronald Reagan was the U.S. President for just about the entire decade, it was also the decade of Pac-Man, the Rubik’s Cube, and the (cassette) Walk-man.
The microwave, VHS VCRs, and CD players were invented in the ’80s.
Movies such as E.T., Indiana Jones, Die Hard, Crocodile Dundee, and Back To The Future were released.

And, regarding popular music of the ’80s, there was pop music that I personally never liked…such as Duran Duran, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Wham! and Michael Jackson.
And then there was the type of music which I’ve always likedheavy metal. In the ’80s, some popular metal bands were Whitesnake, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, The Scorpions, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and Def Leppard.

Well, there’s a new, young rock band from Australia called “De La Cruz“. They are too young to remember the heyday of these bands…but De La Cruz are obviously fans of ’80s heavy metal.

They sound just like the ’80s bands that inspired them.

I have their self-titled debut EP…and I like their music a lot!

De La Cruz has a video for their song “Back To The ’80s“. In the video, the band members are wearing black concert shirts from the bands RATT, Bon Jovi and Judas Priest. That’s how I used to dress in the ’80s!

Here’s their video for “Back To The ’80s“:

Unfinished Business

24 Nov

Peter Criss was the original drummer of the rock band KISS. His “character” was the “Catman”.
But Peter Criss left the band in 1980 and was replaced by Eric Carr…the “Fox”.

Eric Carr ended up being a member of KISS for a longer period of time than Peter Criss. Eric was in the band from 1980 until he passed away in 1991.
Eric Carr was a legendary hard rock drummer and also a classy person…he was happy to meet with fans after a concert and he personally answered all of his fan mail.

I was very sad when I heard the news that Eric Carr died of cancer on 1991 November 24th! And I can’t believe that today is already the twentieth anniversary of his passing!

To honor Eric Carr, his family and friends have put together some previously unreleased songs and interviews of Eric’s onto a new album titled “Unfinished Business“.

This album, Eric Carr “Unfinished Business” goes on sale today, 2011 November 24th, the twentieth anniversary of his death.

Here’s a promo clip for this new album:

Oh yeah…today is also the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. He died the same day as Eric Carr.

Rest in peace, both Eric Carr and Freddie Mercury.

I like monsters

25 Aug

KISS has announced that they will release an album of all new songs sometime next year (2012) titled “Monster“.

KISS...still the hottest band in the world!

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked monsters.

When I watched the Disney cartoon “Peter Pan” as a child, for example, I didn’t care for Peter Pan or any of his friends. They were too “regular”.
Unlike Peter Pan with his pansy outfit and little knife, Captain Hook had a sword and a sharp hook instead of a hand.
(Admittedly though, Peter Pan could fly, which would be fun and Hook didn’t dress much better than Peter Pan.)
Captain Hook was the first movie character that frightened me…and even at that young age I enjoyed being frightened a bit.

Who cares about a practical prosthetic when you can have one that puts the fear of god in people?!

When I was a bit older, I saw Star Wars for the first time.  I was only seven years old when the first movie in the series was released, so I was a bit too young to fully understand the story.  But I still  enjoyed it a lot.  Especially when “Darth Vader” made his entrance!
Luke Skywalker was the hero…but Darth Vader stole every scene in was in.

The "Dark Side"

And of course I’ve always like the “traditional” monsters…Frankenstein’s Monster, The Werewolf, and Dracula.

And when I came to Japan, I learned about 妖怪 (Japanese monsters).

"Ge-ge-ge Kitaro" is Japanese cartoon inspired by traditional Japanese monster and ghost stories.

Even my favorite superhero character has always been “The Incredible Hulk“. He’s anger-incarnate. A huge pissed-off monster! The coolest of the superheroes.

Hulk will smash even Superman

Even the music I listen to reflects my interest in monsters.
I like heavy metal music. There’s a reason that the soundtracks to many horror movies are full of heavy metal music…heavy metal is to music as horror is to movies.

If you’re not interested in heavy metal, you may not know that that genre of music is further divided into sub-genres.
The sub-genre of metal music that I like the most is “Shock Rock“. It’s just as visual as it is musical. Shock Rock artist—such as KISS, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Lordi—often look like monsters.

Alice Cooper

Anyways, as I mentioned at the top of this post, KISS will be releasing a new album soon.  The last time they they released a new album was about two years ago…it was titled “Sonic Boom“.

As I mentioned, KISS‘s new album will be titled “Monster“.  It’s an excellent album title…I can’t believe they haven’t used it before!

So far only five song titles have been confirmed by the band.  They are: “Hell Or Hallelujah”, “Born To Be A Sinner”, “Out Of This World”, “Are You Ready?”, and “Wall Of Sound”.

I’m looking forward to getting this album.

Buy a KISS car to help Japan

7 Jun

The English car company Mini Cooper has teamed up with the American rock band KISS to help Japan.

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The car company has painted four of their “Mini Countryman” cars with KISS make-up (one car for each of the original KISS members’ make-up) and they are currently being auctioned for charity via e-bay.

The auction ends at 4:00PM on 2011 June 8 (PST in the U.S.) (which is 8:00AM 2011 June 9 in Japan), so now is your chance to bid if you want one (or more) of these cars.
The current bid (when I wrote this post) is US$30,200 (about ¥2,421,834) for the cheapest one (the “Ace Frehley” design) and US$31,300 (about ¥2,510,047) for the most expensive (the “Gene Simmons” design).

All proceeds from the auction of these cars will be donated to UNICEF to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, as well as victims of other disasters around the world.

Here’s a picture of the cars (all of them are autographed by the current band members of KISS, incidentally):

I’m a big fan of KISS, but some the merchandise they release is too “over the top” for my taste (ie: the “KISS Casket“).
I can’t imagine myself driving around in one of those cars…but if I had to chose one—I think the “Gene Simmons / Demon” design is the best of the four.

It is very generous of KISS and Mini-Cooper to do this to help people in need.

How about you? What do you think of these cars?