We discuss KISS and celebrate all eras.
Our celebration of 35 years of “Rock and Roll Over” continues with a trip back to the mid-1970′s, as we re-construct the story of this beloved record using rare, vintage interview clips and fantastic live tracks! It’s what you’ve come to expect from PodKISSt, the KISS fanzine for your ears!
If you’re a fan of Klassic KISS – particularly the 1978 “Paul Stanley” album – this is a PodKISSt you won’t wanna miss! Travel back in time to December of ’78 for a vintage interview with the Starchild himself. Plus, PodKISSt correspondent Travis Humbert brings us an exclusive interview with Craig Krampf, the legendary drummer (for Steve Perry, the Motels, Kim Carnes, Melissa Etheridge, and many more!) who played on side 2 of Paul’s 1978 album. And if that’s not enough, producer/songwriter Matt Walters checks in with another of his “Mainline” editorials! Tonight you belong to PodKISSt!
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PodKISSt is coming at you for July 2011 with a fantastic new interview you won’t hear anywhere else! Ken and Mike got a chance to chat with the great Eddie Balandas. Eddie is known to the KISS Army as the booming voice you hear at the start of “Alive II,” and he was kind enough to share his insights from life on the road with KISS at the height of their 1970′s stardom! Plus you’ll hear details on an exciting new PodKISSt contest brought to courtesy of Man Raze (a hard rock trio from London featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Simon Laffy of Girl, and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols). The winner gets a kick-ass Ace Frehley poster and a coveted place in the hallowed halls of PodKISSt! So don’t delay… it ain’t a crime to be good to yourself!
Be sure to check out the new Man Raze single “I C U in Everything” as a free download on Facebook:
Just got a call from Eddie, he says thanks for listening..he will be at the Chicago KISS expo Oct 9th 2011!
Stop and tell him hello.
Every now and then, the influence of KISS shows up where you might not expect to find it! On this edition of the PodKISSt we are joined by acclaimed songwriter, musician, and graphic artist Morgan Taylor (AKA “Red Yogurt Bath” on the KISS forums). Morgan is a long-time KISS fan and the creator of “Gustafer Yellowgold,” a multimedia experience blending music and animation. “Gustafer Yellowgold” has received rave reviews as both a series of DVD/CD packages as well as a touring live show for all ages, and Morgan was a recipient of the Grand Prize in the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Morgan joins us to talk about the influence of KISS on his life and career. Check our links section to learn more about Gustafer, and be sure to join him on his summer tour of the States!
If that ain’t enough, we’re treated to an exclusive interview with Lisa Jane Persky (“Dirty Dee”) recorded at the 2011 NY/NJ KISS Expo. All that, plus exclusive audio from KISS’ explosive performance in Sacramento last month, right here on PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!
Be sure to check out the song “Beehive” (featuring Wilco’s John Stirratt & Pat Sansone) and see what happens when Gustafer attends his first KISS-style concert… in a beehive!
Nothing says “KISS” quite like loud guitars, and on this installment of the PodKISSt we bring you plenty of those! Join us for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes interview with Eric McKenna, the man who makes Paul’s guitars. Plus, we take a trip back in time to 1979 for a rare KISS radio appearance… where the laughs belie the changes soon to come. And if that ain’t enough, we bring you a new segment called “Mainline,” where producer/musician Matt Walters provides us with an insightful editorial on all things KISS. All that… and an ear-shattering intro from Eddie (“Alive II”) Balandas… on PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!!!
(Check out Eric McKenna’s excellent guitars at http://boogiestreet.com/ )
Before the action figures and the comics and the movies and the lunch boxes, KISS were trying out a very different aesthetic; they were dark, dirty, and dangerous! Not yet a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon, KISS had the flexibility to play with constructs such as gender, sexuality, and power in ways that would have been incongruous with their superhero image a few years later. No greater example exists than the photographs they took with tonight’s guest. If the back cover of “Hotter Than Hell” was a question mark, these pictures were an exclamation point! Whips, chains, blood, and bondage… Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter… and Megan McCracken!
We’re pleased to bring you this exclusive PodKISSt interview with a woman who witnessed KISS in their infancy, was behind-the-scenes during their early development, became a nubile subject for their lurid delights… and lived to tell the tale!
And if that’s not enough excitement, PodKISSt correspondent Mikeman gets the inside scoop from Keith (KISSonline) Leroux on what the KISS Army can expect when they set sail on the KISS cruise with the Hottest Band in the Land!
Big thanks to Megan McCracken for sharing her stories for the PodKISSt. Having made her escape from KISS kaptivity, Megan is now a purveyor of inspiration and fitness! Check out her website:
If you’ve ever given a compelling answer to that mocking inquiry… or struggled to justify yet another redundant purchase… this one’s for you! On this installment of the PodKISSt, we’ve gathered a great panel of discussants to bring you an exhaustive (and exhausting!) review of the seemingly-endless array of KISS compilations. From “Originals” to “Ikons,” from “Killers” to “Smashes,” the PodKISSt panelists tell you what’s worth owning and why. Join Gary, Ken, and a host of great guests as we tackle that age-old riddle: “Do you REALLY need another version of ‘Rock and Roll All Nite?’” This is a 2-parter, so don’t forget to click ‘em both! Big thanks to Redfalcon (KISSfansite), Joe Casey (author/co-creator of “Ben 10″), and Julian Gill (KISSfaq) for making it a great discussion! Have fun, KISS Army!
When you think of KISS, naturally the first thing that comes to mind is a big oak table in a dimly-lit room, right? Isn’t it? OK, not so much. But for many members of the KISS Army, the subdued imagery of 1981 represents a departure from the classic KISS recipe in which there are as many treasures as there are missteps. For three decades, “Music From the Elder” has generated lively debate within the fan base, so it’s no surprise that it yielded hours of discussion here at PodKISSt. In this 2-part installment we’re joined once again by writer Joe Casey (Dark Horse’s KISS comics, Ben 10, Generator Rex) and KISStorian Julian Gill (author of many KISS books and host of KISSfaq) for an in-depth look at this intriguing record. So take the oath and set out an odyssey back to 1981 with PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!
Insightful KISScussions? Rare and classic KISS cuts? Of course. You’d expect nothing less from us. But how about an exclusive interview with Carrie Stevens (superstar Playboy model, actress, and erstwhile paramour of the late great Eric Carr)? Or maybe a backstage chat with rock group The Envy (openers for KISS on the 2010 Hottest Show on Earth tour)? Or a toddler’s take on Paul’s past proliferation of profanity? Yup… we’ve got all this and more in this installment. Big thanks to Heather for the great Envy interview! We’re just a few months into 2011 and there’s lots more in store. We’d tell you more, but we’ve taken an OATH. So get up, KISS Army, and get down with PodKISSt… the KISS fanzine for your ears!
We here at PodKISSt wanted to kick off 2011 with a bang, and what could be more thunderous than the drums of the late great Eric Carr? We knew it would be impossible to cram into one show all of the love and excitement we feel about the Fox, so rest assured we plan to do plenty more in the future to celebrate his legacy. On this edition of PodKISSt we’re bringing you TWO fantastic interviews. First, we’re joined by Greg Prato, author of the hot new Eric Carr biography. We also check in with the one and only Bruce Kulick, who shares a heartfelt appraisal of life with (and without) Eric Carr. In part two, we catch up with Eric’s sister, Loretta Caravello. And, of course, plenty of music from throughout Eric’s career! Hey, KISS Army… what are you waitin’ for?
Dust off your 7-inch platform stockings and leave a glass of cold gin by the fireplace because it’s KISSmas time here on the PodKISSt! We’re joined by KISS Army Commander-in-Chief and founder Bill Starkey AND by KISS comics author and all-around creative dude Joe Casey for OUR LONGEST-EVER PODKISST YET! Even if you get socks, socks, and more socks for the holiday, this 3-part installment is gonna keep you rocking through to 2011! Music, memories, and more are just a click away, KISS Army!
Here’s part 3 of our 2010 KISSmas special (“I Was Made for Lovin’ Yule?” “I Can’t Stop the Reindeer?” “Manger in a Strange Land?”)!
Hit the road with the PodKISSt crew as we rally the KISS Army and celebrate the 2010 tour! You’ll hear from fans of all ages, from the young to the young-at-heart, as they experience the “Sonic Boom” that is KISS in concert! This double (platinum) installment is larger-than-life, chock full of the live tracks and interviews you’ve come to expect from your PodKISSt! Don’t forget to check out both part of this one. HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY, KISS ARMY! Now GET UP, GET YOUR GRANDMA OUTA HERE, and SAY YEAH!
Here’s part 2 of our 2010 retrospective as we celebrate the hottest band in the land and the fans who love ‘em! Interviews, live clips, and more? It’s PodKISSt!
It’s an honor to share with you, our PodKISSt listeners, an interview with a hero! Heroes are people who face adversity and come out stronger than before, and Peter Criss embodies that definition. We’re pleased to bring you an exclusive PodKISSt interview with this founding KISS member and true survivor, who tells us about his very personal experiences with breast cancer. On October 17, 2010, Peter will be participating in a walk at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey to benefit the American Cancer Society. PodKISSt has pledged our financial support, AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!! Visit Peter’s site (petercriss.net) for more information. Big thanks to Gigi Criss for her time and her kindness, and to the one and only Peter Criss. We love you, Hooligan!
Every now and then, while your PodKISSt pals run around chasing rock stars and begging for interviews, a rock star finds us and gives us a kick-ass show for you to hear! Ken recently got a call from John Humphrey, drummer from the superstar sensation called Seether… and one hulluva KISS fan! Join us for music, memories, and mischief as we rock out with John… and go get yourself some Seether CD’s and concert tickets!