He's noticed some fairly blatant examples of greed and just plain ignorance in his experiences buying and trading Kiss material. We just hated seeing folks taken for a ride. You'll see an original pressing of Alive!
The Lesniewskis attribute this to the fact that the largest concentration of Kiss fans has traditionally been in the northeastern United States. They're hoping their book can flatten out prices to a level consistent across the board. Any band with a career spanning over two decades is bound to accumulate an astounding variety of the normal tour programs the page book from the Alive!
It seems that Mego's first release of the figures did not include Peter Criss - who was on some sort of double-secret probation - and were decidedly non-heroic in physique. After sales began to go well, the band's request for more muscular bodies on their dolls was indulged and Criss was added to the set.
Bootleg videos of the band in concert, clips from television appearances and fan-shot footage are also widely available. A few years ago it was hot to get this 8 millimeter footage when Gene's hair started on fire onstage. For the longest time people were sending out fliers saying 'I've got the footage of Gene's hair on fire,' and it was this 30 second clip. Everybody had to have it. Now they do. The quality and generation-level will be the only change sometimes.serrireli.ml
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His footage collection is so vast at this point that he concentrates mainly on upgrading quality. There was a group of guys calling themselves Kiss Vision, and they had access of some type to the vintage material which they cleaned up and remastered. Everyone I know who trades or sells wants to deal with them. They copy guard their stuff, too, so you can't turn around a re-sell it as a dub. He's had nine Kiss pinball machines at various points, and currently owns two close-to-mint versions the German edition is slightly different in that it displays the common practice of replacing the Kiss logo's double-s lightning with standard script to avoid a too-close comparison to the insignia worn by Hitler's special police.
My parents were cool, they said 'If you want a pinball machine, go buy it with your own money. By then I had a paper route and money was a bit easier to come by. When me and my brother were even younger than that parents and relatives would give us things as gifts; the dolls, the model van-unfortunately that stuff has bitten the dust over the years. It took me about seven years to find a plastic Kiss guitar in great condition because when we were little we wanted to be like Paul Stanley. But Curtis has other guitars in his collection as well, including an instrument used by Ace Frehley during the "makeup era.
Then my buddy was going through a divorce and had to get rid of it because his wife said she was going to go after his Kiss collection. It's a 'era guitar, given to Hecht in '78, and it was about '87 when I got it. In I brought it to him when he came to town on his Trouble Walkin' tour to have him sign it. He said 'It's a nice guitar-it's amazing the stuff you fans get.
A guy in Chicago had a custom guitar that had every past and present Kiss member's signature on it, and he gave it to a roadie to take it backstage to Criss at one of his solo shows to complete the set. When the roadie came back my friend saw that Criss had written 'Fuck you, Peter Criss. Criss doesn't like the fact that you'll bring him Kiss material to sign.
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I've even brought a bunch of his solo work-which he has no problem dealing with-but he gets all upset when you show him Kiss stuff. Beyond the obvious sudden change of heart for the sake of commercialism, Curtis found the release frustrating from a collectible point of view. If you bought all three items [cassette, CD and poster] they came numbered, and there was supposed to be only a thousand of them.
In '94 Criss was at the Foundation Forum and a friend of mine videotaped him as he was doing an interviewand this is what gets discouraging in collectingsomeone said, 'Hey, we hear your CD did well and sold out of all thousand copies,' and Criss said, 'Yeah it sold a thousand, so we went to two thousand; it from from there to three- or four thousand.
By now it could be up to five thousand.
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Unfortunately, Criss was arrested on his flight home for attempted to board an L. Frehley, while not chummy with his old bandmates, maintains a pragmatic attitude about his Kiss days. As it turned out, Ace was selling it but he wasn't providing any certificates of authenticity. He said, 'Hey, you're buying it from me! You know it's legit. Without any paperwork it's impossible to tell if you have something. There are so many tribute bands out there, and the workmanship is so good sometimes that you really can't tell.
After the Love Gun tour, the hats were white, yellow or red and the emblem featured Paul Stanley's signature and a Kiss logo Curtis may be looking for his own firehat for some time. I met a guy who said his daughter has been a fan all her life-she's four years-old. Whenever he can afford it, he gets a double Kiss item for her. He can expect more new faces at his booth as vintage Kiss becomes "vogue"-in fact, the band themselves are going all-out to embrace their past and create contact with the fans who stayed with them. An ironic development for the rock group who remained utterly encased in mystery for the first half of their careers.
Kiss Kontact Gene Simmons has always been very vocal about the importance of fans to Kiss's longevity, so it should come as no surprise that the band has begun to take steps to bring their audience into the fold. Produced and published by the band, there is no better way to get the inside story on how these four guys got it together to become the "hottest band in the land. They didn't sneak in the back, they came right into the front door of the hotel or conference room," reports Dave Curtis, who could no more avoid attending an event like this than Larry King can avoid divorce court. In Chicago somebody shouted for a new song named 'Spit.
When he stopped singing, the whole crowd chimed in and sang the whole song word for word.
There's talk of a box set of Kiss material featuring live cuts, demos, and versions of songs Gene Simmons cut decades ago featuring Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Mixing comic book stories and articles, the publication will be assembled from fan's contributions. But, hey; memorabilia aside, when was the last time you slapped on a Kiss platter? Pivotal life moment, pt. My first revisitation of the material in over 10 years-a decade during which I've devoured music of all kinds, worked as a music editor, and cultivated an "adult palate.
How will my "first Kiss" stack up to a lifetime pursuing a musical Kama Sutra? A seat between the speakers, and I hit my favorite remote control button'Random.
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And what flannel-wearing, flavor-of-the-week lead singer could resist singing, "Sorry to have taken so longyou must have been a bitch when I was gone"? The verse to "Nothin' to Lose" is virtually contemporary, if not the lyric "But once I got a baby, I tried every way.
She didn't wanna do it, but she did anyway I don't remember the bridge being that startlinga clamor worthy of Nirvana. Then "Black Diamond. Michael's elementary talent show with this song. We practiced applying the makeupI was Pauland more importantly, we rehearsed lip-synching the song endlessly. Though it's actually Peter Criss singing, I got to mime the vocal because I knew the words. Every note struck was a dramatic windmill stroke.
I saved my money all year to afford to do this. Interestingly enough, it turns out that the American Flag bass is our most popular bass in foreign countries. Gene Simmons keeps Kiss classic. I have always looked up to Paul Stanley and loved his guitars. KISS performed the show on both November 5 and 6. Tuesday November 8 … sunrise. At 7a. The treadmills, rowing machines and other fitness equipment remain a virtual ghost town devoid of humans save for a shirtless tattooed man stumbling and limping on a treadmill, his Gene Simmons makeup literally sweating off his face, a gallant attempt to purge the toxicity after a brutal all-nighter.
Politics be damned, using the U. Here onboard the ship kruisers can shut out the outside world for a few days where they can escape from their problems and society at large, at least temporarily, and focus on KISS. Close to the midnight hour, now with the KISS Kruise winding up, many are fast asleep in their rooms. Wednesday November 9, … 9a. You must be logged in to post a comment.
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