As the persevering, 70's-minted rock band Kiss kicks off a new tour, appearing tonight on "Late Show With David Letterman," founding band member Paul Stanley is mourning the loss of his mother, Eva Eisen, who died on Sept. 30th.

"My mother found so much pleasure and fulfillment in all the various types of music that she so loved," Manhattan-born and Queens-raised Stanley, whose real name is Stanley Eisen, wrote on his web site last week.

"It was through her that I too found that same passion. She lived long enough to see, enjoy and love an extended family that included her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She found numerous ways to contribute to her community and was appreciated and loved by those who knew her. My mom was the matriarch of our family and words cannot express our loss."

Eisen was a regular at New York-area Kiss concerts, Stanley said.

May the Eisen family be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

To quote the old Rightous Brothers ballad, if there's a rock and roll heaven, they've got a hell of a band. And VIPs like Eva Eisen are sure to have a hell of a front-row seat.

The new Kiss album, "Monster," drops on Oct. 16.