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Friday, August 15 2014 00:19

KISS and MLB Team-up for PLAY BALL WITH KISS Baseball Shirts...

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Well this comes out of left field, yet could be a home run. Yes, I'm feeling punny tonight, but after coaching a full season of Pee Wee Baseball this year, I'm still in a sorta ballpark vibe, and when news slid into Rock Father HQ about a partnership between KISS and Major League Baseball, you can bet I was interested. Epic Rights (rep for KISS) teamed with MLP licensee Liquid Blue for a new clothing line called PLAY BALL WITH KISS. The initial run of mashup t-shirts features the iconic band as players for a dozen MLB teams, all themed around the DRESSED TO KILL album art

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“We are die-hard Major League Baseball fans, and it’s a thrill for KISS to be featured as MLB players from some of our favorite teams in this spectacular graphic artwork. We are ready to ‘play ball,’ with KISS and MLB fans.”KISS’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons

Liquid Blue is already working on a second run called LOCKER PLATE that will take inspiration from KISS' "Detroit Rock City." Teams currently on-deck for the KISS treatment are: The New York Yankees and New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, being a resident of Chicagoland that grew up on the South Side and now resides North, I'm a fan of both the Cubs and the White Sox (my ultimate favorite), but right now, only The Cubs are in the queue. Check this out:

KISS and CUBS

According to the Liquid Blue website, "All MLB Teams Will Soon Be Available." Good news for this fan who wants one for each of his hometown teams.

Rock and Roll... all nite, even.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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