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News Updated on May 28, 2018
March 1, 2021 Debut Album released by
"Wednesday Thru Friday"!

Congrats to Jay LaSalle's son Jason and his band "Wednesday Thru Friday" as they have just released their debut album entitled "Heaven Out of Time!" It is available now on Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube!

Click here to listen now!
Oct. 29, 2020 Kings Alive!

Our recently postponed appearance at The Palace Theater in the Wisconsin Dells has received a new date! We are set to perform on Saturday, April 24th 2021. Previously sold tickets will be honored on the new date - no changes are needed. More information regarding this performance will be released as we get closer to the date. See you there! Visit The Palace Theater's website here.
Oct. 29, 2020 Celebrating the 20th Anniversary!

It seems like it was just yesterday, but it was 2 years ago that The Kings celebrated our 20th Anniversary! It was a glorious show at QBar in Glendale Heights, IL and included special appearances by former Kings members. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you for making that night so special! Take a look back at this magical night via this photo gallery at our Facebook page!
May 2, 2019 Two-for-One ticket special!

Use promo code KNWBOGO to get 2 for 1 tickets for our upcoming show at The Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells WI when purchasing at https://dellspalace.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1098492.
April 10, 2019 Rick Kroll Returns!

We are excited to announce that Kings' alumnus Rik Kroll will once again assume the drum throne for our upcoming show at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells WI on Friday June 21st.
April 9, 2019 Ron Melze Retires!

It is with some sadness that after 10 years of service, Ron Melze (the Catman) has retired from the Kings following the Kalamazoo New Years Eve Fest performance. We thank him for all the years of music and friendship. As with all of our alumni members, we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
March 16, 2019 WI Dells in 2019!

Kings of the Nighttime World head north to Wisconsin Dells to rock The Palace Theater on Friday, June 21st! Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. Don't miss this one, get your tickets now! https://www.dellspalace.com/nowplaying/a-tribute-to-kiss
Jan. 3, 2019 New Years Fest 2018

What a way to rock in the New Year 2019! We had a fantastic night at New Year's Fest of Kalamazoo (MI) blasting through 3, 45m sets of classic Kiss throughout the evening. Thanks to Deb Droppers, Shayla Watson and all the staff and sponsors associated with New Year's Fest of Kalamazoo for allowing Kings of the Nighttime World to be a part of it, thanks to the great people of Kalamazoo First Congregational UCC Church for hosting our performances, and kudos to Chris Kloosterman, Chad and Noah of Dragon Brothers Productions LLC for providing lights/sound.
Special thanks to our crew family who help keep the Kings machine rolling: Betsy Olson, Lori Laczynski Prokes, Sue Tracy and Eric, Shawn Ryan, Ken Kaczmarz, Tom Hora, Will Meitzler, Caleb Betczynski and anyone else who supports this crazy thing!
Oct. 29, 2019 Kings' 20th Anniversary!

Our heads are still reeling from the madness on Saturday October 27th at the Kings' 20th Anniversary show plus TNT Chicago at QBar Glendale Heights. Thanks to everyone that came out and celebrated with us and witnessed amazing guest appearances by former Kings members Tom Hora, Randy Banks, Greg Sasinka and Rik Kroll.
It was so great to see and play with those guys again. Special thanks to our crew family who help keep the Kings machine rolling: Betsy Olson, Lori Laczynski Prokes, Sue Tracy, Shawn Ryan, Ken Kaczmarz, Tom Hora, Tim Babovac, Will Meitzler, John Payson, Pat Murray, Mike Holda, Barney Janney, Barbara Mayes Kaczmarz and all the rest of you that support us!
May 28, 2018 Kings' 20th Anniversary!

The Midwest's Hottest KISS Tribute, Kings of the Nighttime World, would like you to join them for several shows during this, our 20th Anniversary year!

First, we will perform at "Joe's Live" in Rosemont, IL on Saturday, June 30th, as part of Joe's "Monsters of Mock" event! Doors open at 6:30pm, Kings will perform at 7:00pm!

Joe's Live Rosemont
5441 Park Pl.
Rosemont, IL
21 and over

For more information on purchasing tickets and VIP packages, see our gigs page for all the details!

Also, we are planning an official 20th Anniversary show for Saturday, October 27th featuring performances by Kings alumni. This promises to be one heckuva show, so save the date! More details to come!

Aug. 30, 2015 Announcement regarding Email Contact

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the KINGS may not have received any email sent to the band through the links/addresses available on our web page.

This has now been corrected and we again have access to email.

If you have attempted to contact us recently and have not received a reply, we apologize. Please reach out to us at your earliest convenience.

Aug. 04, 2015 World Vision - A Night for Child Protection

TNT-CHICAGO, KINGS OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD and PANDEMONIUM team up to rock the World Vision - A Night for Child Protection benefit!!

Come out for a night to benefit the work the World Vision does with trafficked and enslaved children. Our friend and roadie, Ken Kaczmarz, will be participating AGAIN in the Madison Ironman in September with World Vision as his cause. We were asked by Ken to come out and help support him and his World Vision teammates. Now, we ask you to do the same...

TNT CHICAGO headlines the night, preceded by Kings of the Nighttime World "unmasked", and Pandemonium opening at 8pm. There will also be various fundraising games and a silent auction. All ages are welcome. $10 donation at the door appreciated.

The KINGS will be performing unmasked, sans costume and makeup, for this appearance.

A night of great ROCK and ROLL for a great cause as 3 bands and World Vision combine to raise money f or a much needed cause: help stop the trafficking of children. Don't miss this one!

Click Here for a printable flier with more information about this benefit.

Alley 64
Saturday Aug. 22nd, 2015
2001 N. Rand Rd, Palatine, IL


Oct. 12, 2013 Scheduled Show Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Kings are unable to perform at the previously announced and advertised Halloween Bash at Bobby McGee's in Chicago Ridge on Saturday, October 26. Heaven and Hell Chicago and TNT Chicago will still be playing along with a replacement band to be announced. Please contact the club for any further details.

Kings of the Nighttime World thank you for your continued support.

July 14, 2013 Welcome Jim Irwin to the Kings!

It is not without regret that the KINGS must announce the departure of long time friend, great player and band mate Greg Sass. Greg's professionalism and dedication has twice graced the lineup as Ace in our band, and we are sorry to see him go. As with all of our alumni members, we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Now, another chapter begins with the addition of Jim Irwin taking on the role of Ace. Already with 3 shows under his silver belt, Jim enters in the crazy world that is KINGS with unbridled enthusiasm to help blast us into the stratosphere. Jim can also be seen around the area as lead vocalist for the dynamite AC/DC tribute, TNT-Chicago.

Welcome to the show, Jim!

June 1, 2013 The Kings are profiled in
The Morgan County Herald

The Kings kickoff their 2013 Summer Tour by performing at the
Sinners -n- Saints Spring Fling on June 8th in McConnelsville, Ohio.
Local newspaper The Morgan County Herald has published a profile of the band in anticipation of their appearance.
The band would like to thank the author of the article Mark Faulhaber for the piece!

For more information check out the Alive page.

Sept. 20, 2012 The Annual Halloween Bash!

It is that time of year again! This year the KINGS celebrate fall as they've done for so many years: By throwing a huge party! This year marks the 14th occasion of their Annual Halloween Bash and will be held at America's Bar & Grill on Saturday, October 27th. Nothing beats costume contests and cash prizes at hard rockin' KINGS's shows!

For more information check out the Alive page.

Jan. 17, 2012 Jay LaSalle on KISSONLINE.COM

Recently the Kings of the Nighttime World performed in Kalamazoo MI for New Years Fest. A photograph taken of Jay LaSalle inviting a fan from the audience to sing "Love Gun" has been posted to KISSONLINE.COM, the official KISS website!

See the photo by clicking here.

Dec. 28, 2011 The Kings rock the Kalamazoo Gazette!

The Midwest's Hottest KISS Tribute, The Kings of the Nighttime World return to Kalamazoo MI for New Years Fest and in advance of the show the Kalamazoo Gazette has run a piece about the band.

The full article is available here.

Oct. 17, 2011 :: HOT :: Phantom Fest Gig - cancelled!

Due to circumstances beyond our control the "Phantom Fest" concert previsously announced on this site has been cancelled. The KINGS regret any inconvenience that the cancellation of this event may have caused our fans.

Be sure to check our Alive Page for all up-to-the-minute information on performances and appearances.

May 19, 2011 :: UPDATE:: Voting the KINGS the Best Tribute Band in Chicago!

The Chicago Rocker Awards were held on Thursday, May 19 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village, IL. The KINGS were among a select number of bands that were nominated in the " Best Kiss Tribute Band " category for the Chicagoland area. The winner in each category will be announced shortly. Thanks to all who cast your vote for The KINGS ! You wanted the best - you got the best.

April 8, 2011 The Return of Greg Sass!

After several years away from the stage, we are honored to announce the return of KINGS alum Greg Sass to the fold!

Greg portrayed "Ace" in the KINGS from 2001 to 2008, stepping in for original member Tom Hora after Tom relocated out of the Chicago area and took a non-performing role with the band. Greg has remained a friend of the band throughout this time and is ready to take on the guise of the Space Ace again!

We welcome him back to the stage and look forward to rocking with him once again!

After 2 memorable years with the KINGS, guitarist Brian Schenk has decided to leave the band in order to pursue other interests. We would like to thank Brian for his professionalism and for the rock-solid contributions that he provided for the band over the course of his tenure. Brian is an immense talent and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors.

March 8, 2011 Live Footage of the Kings!

Once again the Kings of the Nighttime World performed in support of fund raising efforts for the Riverside Brookfield High School Educational Foundation, as part of the school's annual Educational Foundation Telethon. Click here to view the video shot of their performance of Detroit Rock City as recorded on October 23rd, 2010.
Dec. 28, 2010 Happy Holidays from the KINGS!

From all of our families to yours, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Thanks for helping make 2010 an amazing year for us; your support is truly appreciated!

The KINGS already have several events in the planning stage and anticipate 2011 to be the best year ever! See you on the road!

Jay, Scott, Brian & Ron The Kings of the Nighttime World

Oct. 25 2010 Kings and Q101, the Chicago alternative!

The KINGS are mentioned both in text and in picture on Q101's website. The radio station is sponsoring the upcoming Halloween event "Dead on Division" at the Original Mother's at which the KINGS are scheduled to perform! For more information, check out the Alive section of our website.

Oct. 7 2010 Kings in the Chicago Rocker!

The Midwest's hottest KISS tribute, the KINGS, are featured on the cover of this month's Chicago Rocker newsletter. This classic music publication has been ressurected after having covered the music scene around Chi-town since 1988. What better way to get back on top but to feature the Kings?

Click here for the entire piece.

April 30 2010 Hangin' with the Kings!

Cary Ashby continues writing of his experience hangin' with the KINGS at their recent show in Norwalk OH.

Click here for the entire piece.

April 20 2010 The Norwalk Reflector review!

The Norwalk Reflector posted a review of the KINGS' performance this past weekend in an article entitled "Norwalk Rock City: KISS fans praise high-energy tribute band". By all accounts the show was a rocking success!

There are a bevy of px as well, posted to the Norwalk Reflector's Reflectorcam service found here.

Click here for the entire review.

April 19 2010 Ohioans wanna know, about the KINGS!

THe KINGS recently rocked Norwalk, OH by perfomring a blistering set of KISS classics at the Norwalk Theatre April 17th. A few days prior to the show Scott Leonard (Gene) was interviewed by Matt Krafty of Funcoast.com.

Read the entire interview by clicking here.

April 9 2010 More press about The KINGS from Norwalk!

In his blog Cary's Comics Craze writer Cary Ashby (also of the Norwalk Reflector) once again relates a story about the KINGS and their encounter with current Kiss band member Eric Singer:

"Several years ago, Kings performed at a KISS convention which Singer attended. The tribute band played an acoustic set that reflected the entirety of KISS' "MTV Unplugged" show from Aug. 9, 1995. It was Singer's last gig with the band before rejoining KISS for the 2001 leg of the "Farewell Tour."

"He enjoyed the show. He thought we did a great job," recalled Jay LaSalle, who portrays KISS frontman and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in Kings."

Click here to read entire entry.

April 8 2010 The KINGS featured in the Norwalk Reflector

The Midwest's hottest KISS tribute are slated to perform at the Norwalk Main Street Theatre in Norwalk Ohio on April 17. Recently, the band was interviewed by Cary Ashby of the local newspaper, the Norwalk Reflector, excerpted below.

KISS tribute band to play in Norwalk
by Cary Ashby.

"Norwalk Main Street Theatre owner Teresa LaFountain and her husband were inspired to book Kings after the couple saw the band in the New Year's Eve concert in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"(We) thought they we so good and had the KISS moves, makeup and sound so down that we thought it would be so much fun to have them perform in Norwalk. We always try to bring in acts that are unique and that we think people will be interested in coming out to see. These guys definitely are worth coming out to see."

Click here for the full original article.

Oct. 7 2009 The KINGS Reviewed by ChicagosRock.com

Mario Salazar of ChicagosRock.com had the opportunity to see the KINGS perform recently at Chicago City Limits and wrote up a stellar review, excerpt below.

The KINGS OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD take over City Limits!
Report and Photos by Mario Salazar.

"It is clear to see that the band, have spent quite some time studying not just the music, but the mannerisms and stage antics of the band they're emulating. The harmonies between LaSalle and Leonard were just dead-on perfect. Schenk's posture & the way he stood while playing certain parts as Ace was also perfect. Instrumental solos were also pretty accurate with plenty of guitar heroics from the Space Ace, while later a green haze and gloomy overtones set the mood for the Demon's solo which culminated with him spitting blood and going into 'God of Thunder'. Melze's (Catman) rendition of both 'Hard Luck Woman' and 'Beth' were actually, -in my opinion-, sung better than Peter Criss himself at times. The original Starchild (Paul Stanley) is one-of-a-kind, but LaSalle does an incredible job emulating him in many aspects of the performance and this makes for a great show experience. All in all, they played a very good, entertaining and musically-accurate show that as both, a music fan and a KISS fan, I have no problem in recommending to others."

Click here for the original post.

Aug. 31 2009 The KINGS Reviewed in the Milwaukee Examiner

The KINGS rocked the Gasthaus Bar & Grill this past weekend and Kellie Levans, of the Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner, was there. Read her review below, or checkout the original post here.

KINGS OF THE NIGHTTIME WORLD: Heating up Milwaukee and Chicago
August 31, 2009 - Milwaukee Rock Music Examiner Kellie Levans

I had a chance to see Kings of the Nighttime World with my friend James from St.Rebel Photography. I was looking forward to a good time but I was not expecting to be totally blown away. From the first sound check I was so impressed with the harmonies between the two leads (Paul and Gene), Ace just kicked it, and Peter was thunderous. After spending two hours with the guys doing hair and make-up, I realized this was a job. Three hours for hair and costume, with assistance, including myself helping. The lights and sound guys had done a phenomenal job, and the stage was now ready. With the drop of the curtain, Strutter blared out and the crowd went wild. The three hour show was worth every second of it. The fun, music , and excitement left me feeling as if I was watching the real thing. The tribute was almost better then the real thing because these four guys had so much fun and rocking energy. I was watching four masters of their talent and tailored and studied in old school Kiss! See the Kings of the Nighttime World on Myspace.

July 24, 2009 Kings: ALIVE!

Things are heating up for the Midwest's hottest KISS tribute, The Kings of the Nighttime World!

First, we'd like to let everyone know that our good friend and great guitarist Greg Sass has stepped down from portraying Ace in the band. We thank him for the many years of friendship and great musicianship he's exhibited. We will miss you Greg!

Thanks are also due the formidable Jason Gibbs for filling in so admirably as Ace in Greg's absence. We couldn't have done it without him!

So, the KINGS can't be the KINGS without an Ace, and so we welcome Brian Schenk into the fold! Brian also performs in the Milwaukee-based Kiss tribute band Dynasty. We're glad to have him on board and we know you will be too. Let's rock Brian!

Over the next several months you will have several opportunities to rock with the Kings and welcome Brian into the band:

  • Sat. Aug. 29th - Gasthaus bar & Grill
    15 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL
    9:30 pm
  • Sat. Sept. 5th - Chicago City Limits
    1712 Wise Road
    Schaumburg, IL
  • Sat. Oct. 31st - The KINGS 11th Annual Halloween Bash
    Venue TBD
  • Thur. Dec. 31st - New Years Fest
    Bronson Park
    Kalamazoo, MI
We hope to see you there!

June 7, 2009 The Gasthaus!

The Midwest's hottest KISS tribute is booked to perform at Elgin's famous rock club The Gasthaus! The show is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29th. For more information, make sure you stop by our Alive section often for news and updates related to this performance.
  • Where: The Gasthaus, Elgin IL
  • When: Sat. Aug. 29th, at 9:30 pm

Oct. 24, 2008 Thank you Lyons!

Thanks are due everyone in attendance this past week, for making our performance at Bobby Rockets one for the history books! Congratulations go to Ron Melze on his stellar debut as The Catman on Saturday night. Ron worked extremely hard over the past several months to learn and perfect virtually every song in the vast KISS catalog. Ron (who is also the drummer for the Chicago-area classic rock outfit Pandemonium) looked great in the Catsuit, and his drumming and vocal abilities are tremendous assets to the KINGS. Welcome aboard Mr. Melze!

Special thanks to Jason Gibbs for lending his incredible chops to Saturday night's performance. Jason (who portrays Ace Frehley in the Kiss tribute band Dressed To Kill Show) has worked with the KINGS on numerous occasions over the past year and a half. Jason will continue to fill in periodically with the KINGS for the foreseeable future.

After 4 glorious years with the KINGS, drummer Rik Kroll has decided to leave the band in order to pursue other musical interests. We would like to thank Rik for his leadership, guidance, and for the invaluable contributions that he provided over the course of his tenure. Rik is an immense talent and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors. Rock on Bro!

For their contributions, the following proved to be invaluable! We couldn't have done it without you!

  • Jeff ( Owner of Bobby Rockets )
  • Heaven & Hell ( Chicago ) - A TREMENDOUS opening act!
  • Shawn Ryan, Ray Hagen, Marty Nash ( KINGS Road Crew )
  • Donnie & Carl Gibbs
  • Rich & Debbie
  • Karen Luciano
We look forward to seeing you all again! Visit our website for news on events, gigs and news about the Midwest's Hottest KISS Tribute, KINGS of the Nighttime World!

Aug. 12, 2008 New Show added!

The KINGS have added an upcoming live show to the ALIVE section. The boys will peform at Bobby Rockets
in Lyons WI on Oct. 18th. For more info check out
the ALIVE section or call the KINGS Hotline at:

May 1, 2008 KINGS Hotline Update

Some of you may have noticed that the KINGS Hotline was out of commission recently. We are glad to announce today that the hotline is once again up and running. For up-to-date information on all things KINGS, call 708-485-8365

April 29, 2008 Website Connectivity

In their ongoing efforts to improve performance our site host will conduct scheduled network maintenance to their infrastructure on the days and times noted below. During these times you may experience loss of connectivity to the KINGS' website. We apologize for any inconvenience!

  • Date: Saturday, May 3 2008
    Time: Midnight to 6:00am Eastern
    Duration: 6 hours
    Impact: Periods of loss of connectivity

  • Date: Sunday, May 4 2008
    Time: Midnight to 6:00am Eastern
    Duration: 6 hours
    Impact: Periods of loss of connectivity

Sept. 11, 2007 The KINGS 9th Annual
Halloween Bash!

Can it be? Has it been nine years?

Yes, it is true. Join us this October 27th as the KINGS celebrate their 9th Annual Halloween Bash! This year, the event takes place at the Stratford Bar & Grill in Fenton MO, near St. Louis. Details can be obtained by visiting our Alive section of this website.

More info on the way! See you there!

Sept. 11, 2007 Bringing it Back Home!

The KINGS will perform to help raise funds for the Riverside Brookfield High School Educational Foundation, as part of the annual Educational Foundation Telethon on Oct. 13, 2007 from 8 - 9pm. The telethon will be televised locally on Channel 16. This is an all-ages show, with free admission but your support for the school would be much appreciated!

Bringing it back home are the KINGS' Scott Leonard (Gene) and Jeff Laczynski (Paul) both RBHS alumni. The school is located at 160 Ridgewood Road (the corners of Ridgewood Rd. and 1st Ave) in Riverside, IL.

Aug. 21, 2007 Windy City Wire

The boys had a blast performing for the Windy City Wire folks on the 17th. Thanks to everyone in attendance for making the show one for the record books! Highlights include opening for the timeless .38 Special and working with the great U2 tribute band VertigoUSA. (Great job "Bono" on Lick It Up!)

Special thanks go out to Jason Gibbs from Pekin, IL. Jason donned the Space Ace persona and filled in on lead guitar for our Windy City show - doing an incredible job in the process! Jason will be performing with the KINGS for the remainder of 2007. Don't miss the opportunity to see this Spaceman in action!

Additional thanks are due the following individuals without whom the show would not have gone on:
  • Windy City Wire
  • Stephanie Richter
  • Greg Flamm
  • United Talent Coordinators
  • Dave "The Beast" Martin
Thanks to all of you! We hope to see you again soon!

Feb. 6, 2007 The KINGS and AT&T

Recently the KINGS were asked to participate in a sales-event kickoff meeting for AT&T. Scott (Gene) and Jay (Paul) got them rockin hard! The video below is a slide show of some of the pix taken at the event.

Jan. 24, 2007 Be Our Friend... on My Space!

The Kings of the Nighttime World now also have their own page on MySpace.com. Click through to visit us and join our fast growing legion of KINGS ARMY friends and connect like never before!

Our page can be found at http://www.myspace.com/kingsofthenight

Dec. 13, 2006 Happy Holidays!

From all of our families to yours, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons! Thanks for helping make 2006 an exciting year for us!

Keep rockin, and we'll see you in 2007!

Aug. 23, 2006

We've confirmed the date and venue for our 8th Annual Halloween Bash! This year, we'll be throwing down at the Colosseum in Mokena, IL on Saturday, October 28.

For more information, and all the up-to-the-minute updates, go to our Alive section.

Apr. 3, 2006 Kings in the Chicago Sun-Times!

In an article appearing in the Sunday online addition of the Chicago Sun-Times, the KINGS are listed among other Chicago-area bands that play tribute to the classics... bands like Animation (Rush) and American English (The Beatles). The lead-in piece looks at the phenomenon that is Tributosaurus and is quite worth the read as well.

Thanks to the Sun-Times' Thomas Conner for including the KINGS!

Jan. 6, 2006 Kings on the Discovery Channel!

The KINGS received a very special holiday gift, courtesy of the Discovery Channel. On Dec 29, 2005 the Discovery Channel aired a program entitled Pop Nation. The show devoted one of it's 3 segments that evening to KISS and included a mention of the KINGS when the topic of tribute bands arose. Discovery Channel also proudly displayed the KINGS as shown in their current promo photo during this portion of the show. Needless to say, we are thrilled with this high profile exposure.

A special thanks goes out to producer Jake Laufer for introducing the KINGS to a national television audience.

Stay tuned for more info on when this program will be replayed.

Thanks Discovery Channel!

Jan. 1, 2006 Looking for new pix?

So are we! Actually, we've have a couple taken at our
7th Annual Halloween Bash this past October.
I'll post them here for now, but when more come in we'll post them in the Live Pix section of this site proper.

If you or someone you know has pix from this show,
send them to the webmaster

Until then, enjoy!

Dec. 19, 2005 Happy Holidays!

Can 2005 be nearly over already? Once again, it was a pleasure having the opportunity to perform for so many new friends and fans.

We wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and camaraderie. We are very excited about the events we've planned for 2006 and look forward to sharing them with everyone.

From our families to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season!

Rock on!

Jay, Scott, Greg and Rik
The Kings of the Nighttime World

July 31, 2005 Show at Hard Rock cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the benefit show originally scheduled for the Hard Rock on Aug. 16 has been cancelled, and as a result our performance too will not take place. When we have information on another date, we'll let everyone know.

June 27, 2005 KISS Expo 2005!

The KINGS will be included in the entertainment at KISS Expo 2005 Chicago! This year, the expo will be held at the Holiday INN in Countryside, IL. on Saturday, Sept 3. The boys will have a booth at the Expo and will perform a 45 minute "unplugged" set in full makeup and costume.

KISS drummer Eric Singer will be on hand signing autographs, taking photos and answering questions.

For VIP and ticket info, please contact Jim Frangella.

More detail can be found over at the ALIVE section of this website.

June 14, 2005 Good People of Fenton!

The KINGS had a great time last week, playing for you at the Stratford! We've received some pics taken at the show by Phil Ryan from Intense Studios. (see below). He'll be sending us more shortly which we'll post over at our pix page. Until then, check them all out over at Intense Studios!

Great job Phil!

May 26, 2005 Sealed with a KISS!

Make sure you check out Lydia Criss.com for a sneak peak at her upcoming book entitled Sealed with a Kiss. It is expected to be an unauthorized deluxe hardcover collection of over 1,500 rare and unpublished photos , memorabilia and memories from the early days of KISS.

April 18, 2005 New Interview Online!
Click here to read the interview...
The boys have just finished an interview with Punky Mendoza, one of the guitarists from the '80s band Heavy Pettin' (pictured on the right). Punky's website is a collection of interviews he has conducted and links to music-related sites including Majesticrock.com (the recording label that recently reissued several Heavy Pettin recordings on CD) and his own digital art gallery.

Punky is also a huge KISS fan. He has conducted several interviews with other KISS tributes, all of which are posted on his site. Click here to read his interview with the KINGS!

March 11, 2005 Triple Duty
Rik 'The Catman' Kroll just may be the hardest working drummer in town. Not only does he provide the backbeat for the KINGS, but he also performs in two other Chicago-area bands: WildCrue (Motley Crue tribute) and Lovedrive (Scorpions tribute) . We thought you'd like a view of their promo pix below. Go see these guys perform, they rock!

Feb. 12, 2005 ICal Integration
For those Mac-user KINGS fans out there, you can now subscribe to the KINGS' events calendar within ICal. Click here for access to gig and event info right from your desktop. Everything from date, time, directions, club contact info, etc will update automatically. For more information on ICal, click here.
Mac OS X required

Oct. 28, 2004 KISS and Tell

The Star Newspaper Interview
The KINGS recently had the priviledge of speaking with Jessi Virtusio of The Star Newspaper. The Star has a long tradition of serving the far south Chicago suburbs. The interview will appear in today's edition as well as online! Click here to read the entire interview!
Oct. 12, 2004 It's All About The Fans!
One thing we like to point out is how we're fans too. When we're not on stage, we're in front of one, looking up. One of the more surprising benefits of our current situation is the occassion to meet & greet with some of Rock's best artists in a more personal setting, musicians whose music we grew up with and still listen to.
We thought we'd share with you a few autographs we've collected along the way.

Eric Singer was a guest speaker at Kiss Fest in Elgin, Illinois, back in Sept. of 2002. We had the chance to exchange a few words and got his autograph on one of our promo photos of the time (click for a closer look)

Warrant was on the bill at this summer's Rockin' on the Runway fest in Columbus, Nebraska (along with the KINGS, of course). They were very personable and professional, fun to hang out with. The boys were nice enough to sign this year's model (again, click for closer look):

Oct. 6, 2004 Stop the Presses!
Everybody wants to get into the act! Check out this great picture taken from the Aug. 2, 2004 edition of the Columbus Telegram. It accompanied a piece on the KING's July 31, 2004 performance at The Twister in Columbus, NE.

Aug. 17, 2004 Good People of Columbus!

We had another great rock & roll weekend, courtesy of the great people of Columbus, Nebraska who came out to this year's Rockin' on the Runway festival! We made quite a few new friends and fans during the past few weeks, and we hope to see them again soon!

As always, there were many people who came together to make this event a success. We'd like to thank those without whom this event would not have been as great as it was:

  • Damon Vogt
  • Kelly Krings
  • Loverboy
  • Warrant
  • Paisty Jenny
  • Thudwinker
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores
  • 93.5 The Hawk
  • Harley - Davidson
  • Columbus Telegram
  • The staff at The New World Inn
  • Legends Sports Bar
  • Tonkin
  • Melanie Schreiber
  • Sean from Watts Sound
  • Gary Parr from Up To Parr Sound & Lighting
  • Doc Sedelmeyier
  • Husker Steak House
  • Todd & Lisa Duren
  • Greg & Nichol James
  • Pete & Andrea Low
  • Stacey Slad

Aug. 4, 2004 It's official, we've a new CATMAN on the kit!
Rik KrollIt is our pleasure to announce that after filling in as The Catman on our recently scheduled Nebraska shows, our friend Rik Kroll has officially joined the KINGS, replacing our former Cat.

Rik is also a member of WildSide the great Chicago-area Motley Crue Tribute.

Aug. 3, 2004 Columbus, KINGS LOVE YOU!
We've just returned from performing at the 2nd Annual Testicle Festival in Columbus, NE. By all accounts the show was a huge success. The fans were crazy and we loved it!

Be sure you stop over at the pix page to see the first round of pix we've received. Some were taken by us, others were taken by fans. Great shots! We can't wait to return next week for Rockin on the Runway!

Everyone played a role in the fest's success, but we wanted to make certain we thanked those who rose to the top. These were the most prominent folks who helped to make our show in Columbus a rock & roll extravaganza:

  • Kelly Krings
  • Damon Vogt
  • Jeremy Krings
  • Susan Wemhoff of 93.5 The Hawk
  • TJ Carter of KNEN FM 94.7
  • Hy-Vee Food Stores
  • Budweiser
  • Garland Green
  • Thatch VandenBergh
  • Disfunkshun
  • Tonkin
  • Chubs
  • Boyd
  • Melanie Schreiber
  • Kristen
  • Heather
  • Beth
  • Eric Sanders from Fly By Night Fireworks
  • Axl from Total Music
  • JL & Sean from Watts Sound
  • Glori & Cindy and the rest of the staff at the Columbus Super 8 Motel
More on this show to come!

July 16, 2004 KISS Magic!
Our esteemed FX boys Steve (below, top) and Jeff (below, bottom) got the chance to meet the true lords of rock, KISS when the band swung through Chicago recently, and shared with us these great pix.
Be sure to catch Steve's act as the
Rock & Roll Illusionist Chezaday!


June 16, 2004 Nebraska Wants to KNOW!
As you know, we are heading out to the great state of Nebraska for a couple of big shows in Columbus this summer. Word is spreading and many KISS fans have been stopping by our website to see what the KINGS are all about. We've been exchanging emails with many, and are looking forward to meeting all of you this summer. This fan, Todd Duren, sent us a pic of himself made up as the Starchild, Paul Stanley.
Todd is accompanied by his lovely wife.

You both look great Todd! See you this summer!

June 1, 2004 Bring on the Cat!
In addition to the changes to the lineups mentioned below, we're very pleased to have our friend Rik Kroll from the band WildSide (the phenomenal Motley Crue tribute) sitting in as The Catman at both the Rockin on the Runway and Testicle Festival shows in Nebraska! We're looking forward to this Rik, thanks!!
May 21, 2004 Runway Revamp!
There has been a change in the lineup for the Rockin on the Runway show in Columbus, Nebraska. The Kings are now appearing with Vince Neil, Loverboy, and Warrant.
More info to come, stay tuned!!!

April 12, 2004 Unmasked from Michigan

Just who are these unmasked men anyway? Alan Napieralski (the one wearing the Ace shirt)and his friends Steve and Kevin came all the way down from Grand Rapids Michigan, just to rock with the KINGS at a recent show. Dedicated KISS fans, Alan and the boys don the war-paint and costumes to appear as KISS look-alikes and perfrom KISS songs karaoke style! They call themselves ALAYU. Steve (far left) portrays Paul Stanley, Kevin (far right) portrays Peter Criss and Alan portrays Ace! Thanks for making that long drive down guys!

Be sure to check out more photos of these boys at the Shooters North show from 10/04/03.

Feb. 17, 2004 New Summer Shows Posted
New shows scheduled for the summer have been posted to the Alive page. Both shows are in the great state of Nebraska, and one places us on stage with Joan Jett and Loverboy! Be sure to check our Alive page for all the details.