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Here’s a fun item that I spotted at the recent National Stationery Show / New York Now Gift Show: Officially Licensed Kiss Rollerball Pens! Kiss‘ bassist and mouthpiece Gene Simmons may be an arrogant blowhard, but he also really knows audience. The Kiss Army of fans are nothing if not a fiercely loyal legion who will purchase virtually anything that has the Kiss name it. And now at last the time of the Official Kiss Pen has come!
This design is called the Rock Poster!
This one is called 1978!
Each pen comes with its own colorful case, to keep it safe and in pristine condition between uses! Please take note that the Spaceman character is fully represented by both guitarists Ace FrehleyandTommy Thayer!
And since these pens and accessories are all officially licensed, you can enjoy them with no fear of litigation!
Find a retailer in your area at This Link!
Kiss Writing Instrument Designs Are (Left to Right): Rock Poster, Heavy Metal and 1978
Hey what’s up. Do you happen to be a fan of the legendary rock band Kiss? It’s OK to admit it. Even though Gene Simmons is the Donald Trump of Rock, there are no judgments here. But if that is the case, then you may want to know that for one night only, Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 PM, Fathom Events will bring KISS to the big screen for an explosive event in KISS Rocks Vegas, a live concert film that no fan will want to miss.
KISS Rocks Vegas, was filmed in November 2014, when KISS invaded The Joint, the infamous music venue at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, for a historic nine-show run. Woo! Now, for only one night, fans will be able to experience this spectacular show on the big screen as KISS Rocks Vegas hits select cinemas nationwide!
I attended a press screening for the film and I can’t deny that it is not only very entertaining, but also quite impressive! KISS have been rocking it since I was in grade school and, four decades and nearly innumerable rotating guitarists later, they don’t appear to be any worse for wear. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have been onboard for twenty or so years at this point, and they know how all the parts fit together. You can see why Gene and Paul trust them not to fuck anything up.
In addition to the live show, which flaunts a good mix of must-hear hits and catalog favortites, plus stuff blowing up real good, there is short section at the front of the film, the making of KISS Rocks Vegas, featuring individual interviews with the band members and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage! it’s very interesting to hear how the logistic of placing an arena-sized show into a smller venue all came together.
So join the KISS Army, and sing along to some of your favorite songs as we “Rock & Roll All Nite!”
Purchase Tickets for a showing near you by visiting This Link and clicking on the orange Buy Tickets button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater. Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!
The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.
Chris Martin Inducts Peter Gabriel. (Crappy Photos By Gail’s iPad!)
The Class of 2014 entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night and it was an evening full of magical moments, even for jaded, old-school, Rock Curmudgeon like me. The show went on for over 5 hours – and 90 minutes of that was just the E Street Band members giving their individual ‘Thank You’ speeches! A televised version of the ceremony will air on HBO on May 31st and I’m guessing that, to get it edited down to two hours, they’ll cut out all of the juiciest parts (Courtney Love being booed in front of her dead husband’s family, that was painful to experience). But I got see it all from a comfy seat in the Barclay’s Center. Here are a few moments that stand out.
Listed in the order they occurred:
That Peter Gabriel introductory montage was something else. He’s always been a musical genius (Six Words: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway), but the reminder of how much he’s done in his career was almost jarring. Because, wow. Peter Gabriel is awesome.
Chris Martin’s Induction speech for Gabriel was absolutely hilarious and man, does Martin look happy to be getting divorced.
After talking non-stop shit about each other in press for the past few months (it seems) all four original members of Kiss managed to not be total dicks to each other while accepting their awards (they were the only band to not have any kind of associated performance). I know that Gene thinks that Peter and Ace have no business being inducted along with him and Paul, but if he doesn’t understand that without those two that band would be residing in Nowheresville, he needs to pull his huge, ego-swollen head out of his ass.
I am pretty sure I had seen printed reports that Yusef Islam (FKA Cat Stevens) would not be appearing at the event, so no one was more blown away than me when he not only showed up, looking and sounding great, but also performed three of his classic songs including – wait for it – “Wild World” and “Peace Train”! Holy Effing Ess, “Peace Train.” I can’t even think about that song without losing my shit, so imagine what it was like to hear CAT FUCKING STEVENS perform it flawlessly, live in front of thousands of people. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment that you’ll never see again. I still can’t believe it happened, and I was there!
This out of chronological order, but it was so great to see Art Garfunkel induct Stevens. I love that guy.
Linda Ronstadt is an artist whose music I grew up loving back when AM Radio was a thing you listened to. Ronstadt is now retired and no longer travels due to symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but many talented ladies of rock were there to pay her tribute including Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow. Carrie Underwood also performed a stunning version of “Different Drum” (written by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Way.) that knocked my socks off. She may have the stage presence of a shoe, but her voice has gotten completely insane since she won American Idol.
I was charmed by Bruce Springsteen’s Induction speech for his longtime musical companions, The E Street Band. They seem like a great family of musicians. Also, Max Weinberg is hot. Also, thank you E Street Band acceptance speeches for providing an excellent opportunity for me to make a much-needed trip to the Ladies Room.
My fondness for the music of Hall and Oates is pretty much restricted to “War Baby Son of Zorro” and, if forced to cite a more recent title, “Method of Modern Love,” on which I enjoy the part where Daryl Hall spells the song’s title. The thing is, despite the fact that songs like “Maneater” and “Sara Smile” serve as very, very effective emetic, their band is one of the tightest live bands I’ve ever seen, and Daryl Hall still ranks among the best voices in rock. I really enjoyed their performance.
I can’t even remember who said in their speech that the “Greatest pop song ever written was Beethoven’s 9th,” but that person was 100% correct.
Joan Jett Performs with Nirvana
Nirvana’s Induction started at 11:45 PM, but it was so worth waiting for, not only to see Joan Jett front the band for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the surprise performance of “All Apologies” as sung by teen singing sensation, Lorde, but also to hear David Grohl drop the F-Bomb at least four times. He is my new Hero.
Ten Things I thought about while watching the Video for Milk Music’s video for “No, Nothing, My Shelter”:
1. My Favorite Pair of Black Ankle Boots
2. Burning Man
3. The Joshua Tree (Album)
4. Joshua Trees
5. Those Hilariously Awful Student Films We Made Back in College
6. College in General
7. The Stage Make Up of Various Members of Kiss
8. The Desert
9. All Desert Scenes From Breaking Bad
Like The Beatles before them, Milk Music has decided to stop doing live performances. Here is their statement to that effect:
“We, Milk Music, have decided to not plan anymore live performances for the foreseeable future. This is an artistic decision and should not reflect on our existence as a musical group. We’re currently exploring the wonders of video, as well as recording our next record, Mystic 100’s, a possible double album of intense beauty. A series of videos shall follow it’s release”
So, it’s not like you have nothing to look forward to. Enjoy!
“Just when you thought Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley could not sell out any further in their shameless worship of the Almighty Dollar, this comes along. Story from Ultimate Classic Rock:
The hottest band in the world — Kiss — are teaming up with Hello Kitty for a new animated series on the Hub Network titled (what else?) Kiss Hello Kitty — and no, we did not just make that up.
The iconic rock group have never exactly been reticent about, shall we say, “expanding their markets” through licensing deals, and they first entered into the seemingly unlikely partnership with Hello Kitty in 2010. According to a press release, “This global collection of hugely desirable co-branded products connects Kiss and Hello Kitty followers all over the world with hundreds of licensed items across all categories, including apparel, toys, electronics, stationery, and back to school merchandise, among others.”
With the success of that venture, the band have extended the relationship with the announcement of the upcoming show, which will be produced in a joint venture between Kiss Catalogue Ltd. and Sanrio, the makers of Hello Kitty. The show will air on the Hub Network, the fastest-growing children’s cable network. Gene Simmons will serve as one of the show’s producers.
“The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, ‘Kiss Hello Kitty,’” Simmons says. “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family.”
Paul Stanley adds, “Knowing and viewing the Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the ‘Kiss Hello Kitty’ juggernaut to yet another generation.”
Sanrio’s operating officer, Roberto Lanzi, acknowledges the show seems unlikely on the surface, calling it “for sure the most unexpected” Hello Kitty crossover. “The idea sounded crazy in the beginning,” he admits. “But Gene and Paul are not only rock icons, they are incredible creative minds who were soon able to see a future success.”
Kiss Hello Kitty is currently in the early stages of development. No air dates have yet been announced.”
Here’s another exhibit that we checked out on a whim during last Thursday’s very rewarding art crawl, only to have it end up as one of the highlights of the evening: Blue Jean Blues by Korean contemporary artist Kim Joon. For his newest series of digital prints, Kim uses porcelain as his digital medium, putting him at the forefront of the new-media movement.
Playboy By Kim Joon
In Blue Jean Blues Kim, who is based in Seoul, Korea, explores themes of desire, memory and youth. Using porcelain, Kim fabricates compositions out of tableware, fragments of idealized nudes and icons of Western pop culture; including musical instruments, cars and guns. Showcasing his fine skill with the computer software 3D Studio Max, Kim coats the white backgrounds and surfaces of objects with pop-culture imagery. He successfully juxtaposes old and new, traditional Asian motifs and new media.
Rebel Without a Cause
Reality and fantasy collide as tiny sculptures of blue jeans take on a life of their own and inhabit their virtual surroundings – perching on an oversized guitar in Blue Jean Blues – Jimi Hendrixand a classic car in Blue Jean Blues – Rebel without a Cause – alluding to society’s desire for material objects as well as nostalgic obsessions and attachments. The cultural symbolism associated with jeans is also the artist’s lament for the fading memory of his social resistance – expressed in earlier work through a fascination with tattoos.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Plate
Rocky Horror Picture Show Bowl
My favorite part of this exhibit is a series that the artist calls “Rockers” — each of which features a cast porcelain wrist and hand (sometimes backed by a plate or bowl) in the act of “throwing metal.” Each hand is decorated with a band’s name along with member likenesses or song titles made famous by that specific band. Unbelievably cool! Any one of the Rockers series would be a fabulous addition to a collection of contemporary works.
Rockers: Sex Pistols
Rockers: Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane (Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
Kim Joon’s Blue Jean Blues will be on Exhibit Through October 6th, 2012 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Located at 547 West 27th Street, Street Level, New York City. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Judging from the date stamp on the above photo (origin unknown), this image comes from to us from several years in the future! In this photo, we see two “Action Figures,” as they are known, created in the likenesses of Ace Frehley of Kiss and Punky Meadows of Angel, two guitarists from rival ’70s rock bands, dressed in their distinctive costumes of that era, shaking hands in a gesture of solidarity and friendship. Let the homo-eroticism begin!