The Kiss Kruise II

Will we ever get there?

Not to get to much into It. But 2012 has not really been my year. Except getting married to the girl of my dreams. And the beginning of what should be the coolest trip of the year almost ended in a disaster. Vegard and I met up at the airport early on monday morning and everything seemed to be going smooth until 30 minutes before the plain to London were supposed to leave. Then suddenly the plane was postponed for hours. So It was easy to understand that we would not be able to catch our plane from London to Miami. Then we got rebooked to fly Oslo – Copenhagen – Manchester – Philadelphia – Orlando – Miami. Something we thought seemed strange since Philadelphia was right in the middle of “Sandy’s” path. And of course we ended up being stranded in Manchester the morning after.

So let’s just say that we did not have much hope for getting on the Kruise on tuesday morning in Manchester, England. But at least we had to try to get there before the boat went on wednesday. We had two alternatives London – Toronto – Miami or London – San Francisco – Miami. And of course the airline company had no way on booking us on a plane to London. So we had to pay for new tickets. But we went for the safe option traveling over San Francisco. One hell off a plane ride to get to Miami. But much better than not getting to Miami at all. So after about 15-16 hours by plane and some waiting in the SF airport we ended up in Miami at 05:00 AM in Miami. Of course without any luggage. And we did not get that back until we came home again. Continue reading

Kiss in Oslo 2012

Summertime in the city

Well. There has not been much summer and I don’t live in a city. Even if they call the place I live in a city. It has been bloody cold and raining for the most of the summer. But It’s been eventful months as a Kiss fan and a really busy time. I even managed to get married with my wonderful girlfriend for ten years, now my wife.

Beside my wedding, the main event for me as a Kiss fan was the Kiss concert in Holmenkollen on June 30th. A concert I had been really looking forward to and was a little scared how would be. How would Paul’s voice hold out? Would he sound better than the concert in New Orleans earlier in the year. That concert did not live up to the expectations after Paul’s vocal surgery at all.

The “Kiss weekend” started on Friday the day before the concert. Kiss Army Norway was having a gathering for all Kiss fans on Rock In. I was not able to drink anything because I had to get up with early with the kids the day after. But I decided to take the car and go in to Oslo anyway. Kiss fan arrangements are not something that should be missed. It’s always fun to meet old and new friends and chat a little about Kiss even without alcohol. Continue reading

On Tour with Kiss 1980

This is the Kiss article I probably read most times during the early 80′s. Anders Tengners article about the Scandinavian part of the European tour in 1980. Anders have graciously give me permission to post a English version of the article (translated by me). Be sure to check out Anders book “Access All Areas – Mitt liv med hårdrockens giganter”. Reviewed here by me. – Nils

Now over to the good stuff!

On Tour with Kiss – By Anders Tengner

All stories have a beginning and this one started a long time ago, back in 1975. It was then I discovered the phenomena KISS. Earlier I had been a hot-blooded Alice Cooper fan. Suddenly there were something better. Four guys from New York who had a dream. The dream was to become stars. And becoming stars were something they had real talent for.

They wore grotesque make-up and stage outfits made of leather and studs, so there were no way one could ignore this band. Even if they already had a couple of albums released, it was “Alive!” that got me hooked!
It was a record that the world had never seen alike before. Well played, even if not to complicated, great and powerful hard rock! From “Deuce” to “Black Diamond” I was in “heavy metal heaven”. Even the 33d time the record was playing. There is no band that have beaten Kiss with a better live record to this day. I was dreaming about seeing the band on stage already then. Dreaming about seeing the most spectacular show in the rock world. Already in May 1976 it was time for the first Kiss tour outside the USA, with the bestseller “Destroyer” just released. Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Olympen in Lund and Scandinavium in Gotheburg got to see what Kiss called “budget” concerts, because the stage equipment were scaled down. The fans came in great number and went wild. Specially the Gröna Lund show was wild. 20 000 people were a great Kiss concert “richer”, and one of them was me.
Kiss grew bigger and bigger during the following years. Japan went “Kiss crazy” and got visits in both 1977 and 1978. Here in Europe we had promises about tours all the time, but nothing happened. Not before this year. The year 1980 when Kiss has 15 records behind them, Kiss went out on a 26 show long European tour. POSTER followed Kiss around Scandinavia. Continue reading

Reisebrev fra Kiss nasjonen

Av Lars Gøran Gustavsen

”You wanted the best, you got he best the hardest band in the world KISS”. Bombene går av og 1977 hitten “Love Gun” øser ut av de gigantiske høytalerne. Så står jeg der igjen for 4 gang på 5 dager. Fremst foran scenen, med blikket mot verdens største rocke ikoner. Igjen er KISS på turne i USA og 1000 vis av fans er samlet for å hylle sine helter denne kvelden.

Så var jeg på vei over til Statene for tredje gang for å se KISS.

Etter å ha overværet 26 konserter fra 1988 og frem til i nå, var det allikevel med like stor spenning jeg skulle runde min 30. konsert. Konserter i Milwaukee, Chicago, Columbus og Cinncinatti var allerede bestemt før avreise.

Noen dager før reisen til USA ble jeg kontaktet av KISS trommeslager Eric Singer som ønsket meg god tur over og ba meg kontakte han per telefon ved ankomst, slik at vi kunne treffes. Continue reading

A Norwegian KISS in Hartford

By Finn Håkon Rødland

During the winther, you could find many rumours on the internet or in the newspapers about KISS quitting the game. And finally the news came, KISS was going to do a last tour, the Farewell Tour. But the impossible was going to happen; The tour was supposed to just be in America, they were not coming to Norway and Europe!! The thought of never seeing them live one more time was heartbreaking, and I can imagine that we weren`t the only ones sitting late one night drinking some cold beers, dreaming about a last Kiss in America… In this case, it was more than just some foolish talk forgotten next day. It was real for us.

We decided to travel to New York and see KISS at Madison Square Guarden (MSG) the 10th and 11th of july. These dates were not confirmed, but we took the chance. After many hours of work, tickets to the flight was arranged, and a hotel on Manhattan was booked for six persons. The company who was going besides myself and my girlfriend Mari Sandnes, were Lars Petter Strand, Henrik Engebretsen, Gry Thorsen and Håkon Glenne. Continue reading

KISS Scandinavia Tour’96

From ‘Kiss Army Norway Magazine’ #5 – 1997

STOCKHOLM – Friday – 6th December
Kiss Army Norway followed Kiss on the Scandinavian part of the reunion tour, and in this report you can read about all the important events during Kiss’s stay in Sweden and Norway as well as all the exi­ting details.
Stockholm were first stop. And we arrived the Stockholm Globe Hotel which is actually connected to the Globe Arena where Kiss were going to play the same day. The hotel were packed with Kiss fans from all over Europe. And in Stockholm, it was Kiss hysteria more than in any other place in Europe. For a Kiss-fan it was just like coming to heaven. All radio-stations were playing Kiss, they had lots of Kiss-fans interviews and contests. All the largest news-papers had Kiss-specials inside. In the record-stores there was a lot of different promotion material to see. But not as much Kiss merchandise as you find at a Kiss Convention. Kiss Army Sweden were arranging their third annual Kiss Convention at Heartbreak hotel/King Creol from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m, so that was of-course where we were going to spend most of the day. Continue reading