Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are among the owners of the new Arena Football League expansion team, the L.A. Kiss. The Kiss co-founders appeared at a press conference on Thursday (August 15th) announcing the team-up, which will find the newly endorsed team play at Anaheim's Honda Center starting next March. The L.A. Kiss will be Southern California's first AFL team since April 2009 when the L.A. Avengers called it a day after eight seasons at the Staples Center. The Associated Press reported that "season tickets will be available for $99 and inaugural season seat holders will be invited to a free Kiss concert at Honda Center next year." The L.A. Kiss, which has the Kiss logo on its helmets, opened its season on Saturday (August 17th) with a game against the Philadelphia Soul -- which was originally partially owned by Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora.
Gene Simmons promised that an L.A. Kiss game would be similar to catching Kiss in concert: "As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us. With Arena Football, you are much closer to the action -- sitting in the front row is like putting a folding chair on the hash mark of an NFL game -- and it's one of the only sports where you can experience this level of intensity. Attending an L.A. Kiss game in 2014 will be similar to a live Kiss show, with thrilling, heart pounding action. . . . There's nothing like AFL and that's what we're going to promote. This is about taking AFL to heights it's never been before."
Paul Stanley is proud that the games are affordable for the entire family: "L.A. is dying for a football team. What we want to see happen is to take the excitement that is AFL football and bring entertainment to it. We don't put our name on something unless we believe in it. This is something that really resonates with us. . . Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center. Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck."
Gene Simmons told us that when he and Paul Stanley planned the band's original reunion tour with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss back in 1996, they were definitely only thinking ahead a few years: "We really only had a five-year plan -- 'Hey, let's do it five years, thank you very much, there's nothing left to prove to anybody else.' And after the five years were over, y'know, all of a sudden -- Kiss cafes are starting to open up all over the world, Kiss comic books, Kiss ad infinitum. 'Kisstianity,' if you will. Just when you think it's over, it's just beginning."
Kiss wrapped its North American dates on Sunday (August 18th) in Hollywood, Florida. The band will kick off its four-night mini-tour of Japan on October 19th in Tokyo.
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