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  PAUL STANLEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARMED FORCES AS KISS LAUNCH 'MONSTER' BOOK IN LONDON
4th July 2012

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Ahead of tonight's one-off show at Kentish Town Forum, Kiss were in London yesterday to launch their new book, 'Monster', a book that is set to break records as the biggest rock book ever published.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer held court at the very plush Arts Centre in Dover Street, W1 and as well as providing an insight into how the book came about, Paul gave a stirring tribute to the Armed Forces. Tonight's gig at The Forum is primarily to make it up to fans for this year's Sonisphere Festival cancellation and will also benefit the Help For Heroes charity.

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The 'Monster' book is three foot tall and weighs four stone, making it the largest music book ever published, and features unseen photographs from the band's 40-year career, all of which are exceptional quality. Only 1,000 special editions will be made and signed by the band and the book will retail at $4,299 (£2,742).

Paul Stanley commented: "Anyone who has experienced a Kiss performance knows the bigger, louder and heavier, the better! The sheer size of the images the book contains means that the level of detail, vibrancy and intimacy is incredible, bringing the Kiss experience alive.

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"Some of the close-up photographs are, quite literally, larger than life! This is the closest any fan could ever get to their heroes without an access-all-areas pass.

"You could call it a coffee table book, but if you put legs on it is a coffee table."

When asked if the band were thinking of 'calling it a day' anytime soon, Gene Simmons commented: "How do I put this in French? Are you fucking kidding me? We're having the time of our lives!"

Gene also commented on the book, saying: "It's not a cheap book because it is hand bound, hand put together. It's the Rolls-Royce of books."

If you would like to donate to Help For Heroes, you can do so by clicking here.

Stand by for our review of tonight's Forum gig and another Kiss exclusive later this week...

Thanks To Christine Beth for the pictures.


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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