Posted on 14 May 2009 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #16: Saluting the KISS Army! (Part 1)

podkisst16300300 copyFace front, KISS Army! This is YOUR PodKISSt! In this installment, we celebrate the greatest fans of the greatest band! Join Ken, James, and Gary for the longest PodKISSt yet… a 2-part, 2 hour program all about you… us… the KISS Army! You’ll hear an exclusive PodKISSt interview with KISS Army founder Bill Starkey, who shares his thoughts on the KISS legacy from their humble roots to the modern-day juggernaut. You’ll also hear letters from our listeners, heartfelt testimonials from long-time fans, and (of course) plenty of great tunes from throughout KISStory! So get comfortable… this is a double album!

Posted on 14 May 2009 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #16: Saluting the KISS Army! (part 2)

podkisst16300300 copyOur celebration of the greatest fans of the greatest band continues! Join us for more music, more memories, and more mayhem! Hang out with PodKISSt correspondents Geoff and Mike at the 2009 Indy Expo, where they chat with fans, friends, and tribute band extraordinaire Mr. Speed!

Come meet some of the newest recruits in the KISS Army! All this, plus your letters… and plenty of Kool Klassic KISS Kuts!

Who says this isn’t the year of the PodKISSt?

podkisst15featurebanner460copyWell, it finally happened! KISS have made public their plans to record and release a brand new studio album – their first in over a decade! Coinciding with this KISStoric happening is the 30th anniversary of another long-awaited KISS record, that being 1979’s “Dynasty.” Join us for another round-table discussion, one in which 3 generations of KISS fans are represented. We’ll revisit an album that marked the end of an era in KISStory, and look ahead at what 2009 has in store for the KISS Katalog. You’ll hear an exclusive PodKISSt interview with KISSonline webmaster Keith Leroux (courtesy of PodKISSt correspondents Mike and Geoff), and plenty of rare and revealing audio from the “Dynasty” era. This is a 2-part installment so don’t forget to download both files. And if some younger members of the KISS Army are in earshot, be forewarned: There’s some dirty language here… and plenty of dirty livin.’

podkisst15300300 copyHere’s part 2 of our look back at “Dynasty,” and our look ahead at what’s to come!

Posted on 16 Feb 2009 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #14: Australian Bushfire Relief

podkisst14300300copygo copy.jpegWe’ve long wanted to do a show about the KISStoric Australian tours that have delighted fans down under since 1980. Then we learned of the wildfires that have taken a tragic toll on lives and land. This was the catalyst for us to pay homage to the enduring bond between KISS and Australia.

As the bushfires continued, we saw a spirit of brotherhood come shining through. In 1998, Paul sang about “strength in numbers.” Maybe he was singing about the KISS Army, our international collective that knows no borders.

Upon learning that the PodKISSt was doing a show about the wildfires, the online KISS Army demonstrated remarkable solidarity by sending messages of hope. LoveGun07 wrote: “It’s been wonderful getting to know our Australian KISS Army brothers and sisters, and I wish them all safety.” Px74 said: “My deepest sympathies to all families and friends affected by the terrible bushfires in Victoria.”

On this edition of the PodKISSt, we’re joined by George Xirocostas, webmaster of KISS Army Australia (see our links). George shares some funny and moving memories, and provides us with information on how we can help those whose lives have been impacted by the Australian wildfires.

We hope that these stories and live rarities from KISS’ Australian tours inspire you to lend a helping hand to those in need. Below is a link to the Australian Red Cross. In the words of KISS, “Dontcha hesitate!”


Posted on 9 Feb 2009 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 13: KISSed by the Nightbird

podkisst13300300Join us as we recognize one of rock radio’s most influential and distinctive voices… the Nightbird herself… Alison Steele. At a time when people still didn’t know what to make of KISS, the Nightbird was one of the 1st radio DJs to allow KISS to explain themselves in their own words, on their own terms. As you listen to these 1974 interviews, you’ll likely notice that KISS were still figuring themselves out. You’ll hear Gene, Paul, Pete, and Ace giving us some early insights into their unique brand of musical mayhem. Plus, as always, we bring you some rare recordings from throughout KISStory. So sit back, relax, and listen… ‘cause it’s KISSin’ time!

podkisst120120 copyIt’s KISSmas eve at PodKISSt headquarters when Ken, Gary, and James receive a surprising delivery from an anonymous KISS collector. Little do they suspect that they are about to embark on a KISSmas adventure! There are thrills, chills, and lots of laughs… and, of course, plenty of KISS rarities!

– What’s inside the mysterious package?

– Who is Wiggy?

– How will James, Ken, and Gary get back home?

– Which PodKISSt listener will win the KISSmas contest?

Find out right here!!!


– James Hager, Gary Shaller, and Ken Mills as the PodKISSt staff

– Bob Kulick as himself

– Larry the Landlord as Wiggy

– Jan the Man as Santa Clause

– Intro music recorded at Felosound Studios. Produced and performed by Ralph De Los Santos and Gary Shaller

– Graphics and artwork by Ken Mills

We’re very proud to bring you this 2-part KISSmas show, and we’re looking forward to a great 2009!!!

PLUS: As an extra bonus, click on the link below for your very own picture of Wiggy to color! How did we get it? Listen to the show and find out!


Posted on 20 Dec 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 12 Part 2: KISSmas with Bob Kulick!

podkissT12mainbanner copyOur KISSmas celebration continues when Bob Kulick joins the festivities! Bob shares some exciting stories from throughout his career, and brings us the inside scoop on his newest project… a heavy metal Christmas CD unlike any other! Be sure to check out Bob’s great CD at this link:


Posted on 27 Nov 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 11 Part 1: 25 Years of “Lick It Up”

podkisst11300300go.jpgWhat good is a mind if you don’t change it every now and then?

In recent weeks, the KISS Army has been buzzing with news of a possible new studio album from our favorite superhero rock band. Some fans had given up on the idea of hearing new music from KISS, due in part to comments by Gene and Paul regarding the state of the music business and the questionable utility of a new release. Other fans said “never say never,” knowing full well the ins and outs, the ups and downs, of KISStory itself.

It’s been 35 years since KISS started.

Makeup went away and came back.

Costumes went away and came back.

Band members went away and came back.

Songs went away and came back.

Even some fans went away and came back.

Without change, KISStory would be a brief and boring tale to tell.

In this installment, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of an album that marked one of the biggest changes in the band’s career. That album is “Lick It Up,” and it forever changed how KISS was seen and heard by fans and critics throughout the world.

Join us as we revisit this excellent album in PodKISSt style, with the demos, live tracks, interviews, and discussions you won’t find elsewhere!

Posted on 27 Nov 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 11 Part 2: Dayton and the Donnas

podkisst11300300go.jpgIn part 2 of this installment, we check in with our PodKISSt correspondent Geoff as he brings us exclusive coverage of the 2008 Dayton Expo. Plus, we take a seat in Ken’s KISS Kover Klass for a little Donnas 101.

Got PodKISSt?

podkisst10300300 copyIn this installment, we celebrate 2 milestones: the 2nd anniversary of the KISS Coffeehouse AND our 10th show here at PodKISSt!!!

Back in August, we were invited to attend the festivities at the Coffeehouse, but neither James nor Ken nor I could make it. Fortunately, our correspondents Geoff and Mike traveled long distances through ominous weather and came through like the champs they are! Surely, they are among the highest-ranking officers in the KISS Army!

Once there, Geoff and Mike were given the V.I.P. treatment, with unfettered access to the sights and sounds of this KISStoric event.

They interviewed fans, chatted with well-known members of the KISS camp, and met the maker of the new KISS ketchup! Best of all, they scored an exclusive interview with none other than current KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer!

Tommy could not have been nicer! He took the time to answer our many questions, and provided us with some very unique and exciting insights into the KISS world!

We’re already hard at work on PodKISSts 11 and 12, and we’re so glad you’ve enjoyed what we’ve had to offer. BIG thanks to everyone who downloads the shows, to Ken for his great artwork, to Mike and Geoff for being superfans, and to Tommy Thayer for his time and attention!

So join us down at the KISS Coffeehouse, and get ready for some great surprises!

– Gary and James

podkisst9300300 copygoSo. True confession time. Ready? OK. Here goes: How many hours have YOU spent staring at the cover of the “Alive!” album? It sucks you in, just like the album does. It’s (arguably) KISS at their finest. Gene stands leering at his bass… making plans for pleasure, pain… or both! Pete’s the cool cat with his sticks in the air, ready to pound out a powerful pulse. Ace wields his axe like some cosmic divining rod, channeling powers known only to space travelers from Jendell. The Demon, the Catman, and the Space Ace… each in his own thoughts… each in his own world. And Paul? He’s in YOUR world. Staring straight at you (or through you), the Starchild embodies all that is Rock and Roll. And it’s been that way for 35 years. Whether he’s dazzling thousands of fans with the Hottest Band in the Land, or reaching for outstretched hands in a packed theater, Paul Stanley remains the greatest frontman in rock history. On October 21st, 2008, fans will have a chance to experience the power and passion of Paul’s “Live to Win” solo tour when the “One Live KISS” DVD hits the shelves. Thanks to the generosity of Universal/New Door, KISSonline.com, and Paulstanley.com, PodKISSt is proud to bring you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Louis Antonelli, director of this exciting new DVD. Louis gives us his up-close and personal account of the creative, collaborative process behind “One Live KISS.” Fans of Paul Stanley, take note: This is NOT a PodKISSt to miss! Big big thanks to everyone on the PodKISSt team, and to Paul himself!!! In this 2-part show (don’t forget to download both files!)…

  • we bring you our exclusive Louis Antonelli interview (hosted by PodKISSt staffer Ken Mills)
  • we check in with our pal Rich Kosak, the “Starchild” from tribute band Mr. Speed
  • we hear first-hand accounts from some of Paul’s most devoted fans
  • and lots, lots more! See ya soon… Gary, James, and the rest of your PodKISSt crew!!!

Posted on 12 Oct 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 9 – More “One Live KISS” (Part 2)

podkissT9mainbannercopyDownload Part 2 of our “One Live Kiss” Special Here!

  • Our interview with “One Live Kiss” Director Louis Antonelli continues
  • James gives us the scoop on the unique “Ikons” compilation (October 21, 2008)

podkisst8300300 copyJoin us as we bring you a unique sidestep from our usual PodKISSt format. In this, the space between our regular PodKISSt installments, we thought we’d fill in the gap with a round-table discussion between PodKISSt staffers Gary, James, and Ken. The main topic of this discussion is the new “Jigoku-Retsuden” CD. We hope to make THE COUNCIL OF THE ELDER a recurring feature in PodKISSt land. With KISS, there’s always lots to talk about, but we want to hear what YOU’RE interested in… so be sure to drop us an email at podkisst@gmail.com and share your ideas for future round-table discussions.

Stay tuned in the near future as the PodKISSt staff bring you some exciting, exclusive audio from the KISS Coffeehouse 2nd anniversary celebration, along with more of the rare audio, unique interviews, and other goodies you’ve come to expect. It’s not KISS without the cool surprises, and we want to keep that spirit ALIVE with each new program we bring to you.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Thanks to our pals on the various KISS-related message boards (you know who you are), and of course to KISS themselves!

And to Rick Wright… thanks for more than 40 years of amazing music. “It would be so nice to meet some time…” See you at the great gig in the sky.

Gary, September 2008

podkisst7300300go.jpgIt’s been 35 years and KISS are still going strong, as are we… the KISS Army! We’ve seen many changes, shared some triumphs and losses, and enjoyed many heated debates along the way. Yet the more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s 35 years later, and KISS are still celebrating (and using) the songs and images from their earliest days to the delight of many a lucky fan.

The hunger of a band in its earliest days is something that defies words; truly, the music speaks for itself. The material created by KISS at the start of their career has stood the test of time, both live and on record (or 8-track, or tape, or whatever ya got!). KISS’ first album has a raw intensity few could argue with, and the songs rock without compromise.

In recognition of KISS’ fantastic first album, the PodKISSt staff have assembled a special show in which we “reconstruct” that historic debut from start to finish. Each of the 10 songs is represented here, in most cases with a rare live recording showcasing the band in its many incarnations. Each member of KISS… past and present, living or deceased… has been included (plus a few surprises to keep the KISS Army on their toes and ready for action)!

Also in this show, we debut a brand new segment called “Ken’s KISS Kover Klass,” which will give listeners a chance to hear different artists putting their own unique spin on KISSongs new and old!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

– Paul, Gene, Ace, Peter, Eric Carr, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer in top form!

– the pre-KISS demo by Gene that served as the foundation for “Strutter!”

– the original version of “Kissin’ Time,” as recorded by Bobby Rydell!

– a KISS classic interpreted by some famous fans!

– a rare radio ad for the 1st KISS album!

Stay tuned to the PodKISSt for some possible exciting news in conjunction with the upcoming 2nd anniversary of the KISS Coffeehouse!!!

So put down your bottle of cold gin, put on your headphones, and give it a listen!

You got nothin’ to lose!

Posted on 3 Jul 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt #6 – Two Sides Of The Coin (Part 1)

podkisst6300300 copyPodKISSt #6 – Two Sides Of The Coin (Part 1) -In the age of the CD and the iPod and the instant download, it’s easy to forget that there was a time when all albums had 2 sides. Even on cassette, there was a pause while you flipped over to side B for more fun. Be that as it may, many of us will always think in those terms. For instance, who among us doesn’t refer to those “Alive II” studio tracks as “side 4?”

Convenience and fidelity aside, there’s something I miss about albums having 2 sides. It provided some structure for both the artist and the listener… almost like a 2-act play. There was time to digest the 1st half before moving on to the rest of the record. Somehow, it just made sense that way.

With that in mind, we present another extra-long PodKISSt for your listening pleasure! We hope you’ll have as much fun listening to this as we did assembling it, and that you get up and stretch and do something fun in between listening to the 2 “sides” of this show!

Part 1 includes:

•  A look at the latest happenings as KISS and Ace tour the world

•  Rare, live audio from 2008

•  Interviews with fans from across the globe

•  Archival audio from the earliest days of KISS

•  And much, much more!!!

podkisst6part2go• Our exclusive PodKISSt interview with Adam Black, artist and writer for the “KISS4K” online comic, conducted by our good buddy Ken

• Adam’s insights into his experiences working in and around the KISS world

• And, of course, plenty of great music!!!

Make sure to check out our links and keep us posted on what you want to hear in the future!

Also, here are some  links to check out:



Posted on 15 Feb 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 5 – Each Sold Separately • 1978 P1

podkisst5300300copygo.jpgIn the fall of 1978, TV viewers and pop culture enthusiasts got a double-shot of cheesy goodness. On October 28, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” had its television premiere. Kids across the States rocked out as their heroes struggled valiantly against robots, monsters, and even their own dialogue! From Aces Black stunt double to the porno-funk fight music, it was cheese at its cheesiest. More kitsch” than KISS, this movie defined all that was right and wrong about KISS in their heyday.Mere weeks later, the Star Wars Holiday Special had its sole TV airing. This little travesty makes Phantom of the Park look like Casablanca. Apart from a brief and brilliant animated segment introducing the world to the enigmatic Boba Fett, the Star Wars Holiday Special was really neither Star Wars nor Special.

And yet I love both of these movies.

Whether I’m watching KISS battling their robot doubles or Bea Arthur dancing with Greedo, I’m instantly transported back in time to a simpler, gentler moment before we had digital effects, before the original lineup broke up, & before the 1970’s ended.

In dreams, I frequent a non-existent museum wherein the year 1978 is celebrated and commemorated. Glass cases house 1st edition copies of The World According to Garp and The Year of Living Dangerously. Video screens show re-runs of “Taxi” and “WKRP in Cincinnati”. Visitors thrill to the 1st Space Invaders cabinet while children play with all 12 of the original Star Wars action figures. And there in the center of the museum stands a life-size cut-out of our 4 makeup-clad heroes, right where the Freddie the Fox and Oliver Walrus exhibit once stood.

On this edition of the PodKISSt we take you back to that glorious time as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of (arguably) KISS’s biggest and boldest year. Here are some of the highlights:

– a rare single version of “Strutter ’78” with a refreshingly different mix
– an overview of recent happenings in the KISS world
– the legendary “Black Box” solo album interviews
– a VERY SURPRISING phone call
– letters from our listeners
– lots of rare audio clips
– a tribute track from Canada
– and much, much more!

So snuggle up with your Shogun Warriors, put away your Howard the Duck comics (Steve Gerber R.I.P.), and ride the KISS coaster to Magic Mountain and beyond as we bring you our longest show yet! We had to split this into 2 files, so don’t forget to download them both!

We’ll be back soon, and we hope you enjoy what you hear. Drop us an email and let us know what you think. Big thanks to our friends at Sagafoo, MyKISSlife (especially Ken and Tony), KISSfaq, and elsewhere (you know who you are).

Goodbye is only for now!

Gary and James

[Note: this PodKISSt consists of 2 parts!! Both are available for streaming below – click “Play Now” next to Pt. 1 to begin!]

Posted on 15 Feb 2008 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 5 – Each Sold Separately • 1978 P 2

Posted on 12 Aug 2007 In: PodKISSt Shows

PodKISSt # 4 • Creatures Of The Night: 25 Years

podkisst4300300-copyWell, folks… they say that time flies when you’re having fun, and for KISS fans this is certainly applicable. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since KISS released the “Creatures of the Night” album… and yet, when I think back on what else was going on back then, it does seem like a long time ago; I was in 2nd grade, and when I wasn’t thinking about KISS, I was busy with questions like “Is Darth Vader REALLY Luke’s father?” and “Do all of the Pac-Man boards basically look like this?”

“Creatures” is an album that has held up very well over the years, probably because it’s an unpretentious, straight-ahead rock record that somehow maintains its continuity and integrity despite the fact that there’s no solid lineup throughout the album. In this episode of PodKISSt, we celebrate this fan favorite by examining the album in the context of social trends, the band’s history, the evangelical protests, and more.

You’ll hear:
– the original BTO version of “Rock and Roll Hell,”
– raw drum tracks from the “Creatures” sessions,
– interviews and news clips from the “Creatures” era,
– rare live performances from KISS’ 10th Anniversary tour,
– and much, much more!!!

BIG THANKS to Tony, Ken, and the rest of our friends… and most of all, to YOU, the KISS Army, for being so patient and demanding what you’ve always demanded: THE BEST!!!

We hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed assembling it. BE WARNED: Paul does use profanity in one of the live clips, so if you’re listening with a wee KISS Army member, cover those ears during the live version of “I Love it Loud!”

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Now, in the words of the Demon… TURN IT UP!!!