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Bill Collins
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Posted: 08 November 2016 at 1:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Great pic Craig!
My concerts are...

Dynasty 1980
Lick It Up 1983
Not sure of tour but around 1985 with Tank drum riser!
Reunion Tour.
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Posted: 08 November 2016 at 6:45am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Great picture, Craig... though you get docked 2 points for that Bee Gees/Sgt. Pepper's pin-up...!
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Very funny! I was a Beatle fan mostly. I do remember seeing the Sgt. Pepper movie in a double feature with CONVOY. Who could forget the topless scene with Ali MacGraw?

As for KISS, I saw their Asylum tour and their Alive/Worldwide tour.

I still have my original KISS trading cards as well!
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Posted: 08 November 2016 at 6:51am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Still have my original KISS trading cards as well!

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One of my two older brothers got DESTROYER on vinyl pretty much right when it came out in 1976. I would have been 6 years old, about to turn 7. We also had THE ORIGINALS, which were the first three studio albums re-released packaged as a set. We had the 45 of Rock and Roll All Nite, as well (with both studio and live versions). Not too much later, I'd pick up the  ALIVE! double album. And, when it was released (also in 76), we got ROCK AND ROLL OVER on 8-track!

By this age, I was already reading comics. So, that DESTROYER cover really caught my eye. They were like weird-looking super-heroes! And the music was pretty catchy! The materials that came with THE ORIGINALS and ALIVE! were also a treat for my very visually-oriented mind. And that ROCK AND ROLL OVER cover...wow. Now, they really looked like something out of a comic book.  Of course, the would soon become literal comic book superheroes....

Adding to that particular mystique: they had secret identities! Very few knew what they looked like out of the make-up. For years! 

Of course, I got LOVE GUN (with another great Ken Kelly painted cover, like DESTROYER), ALIVE II, DOUBLE PLATINUM, The Solo albums, DYNASTY, UNMASKED (with a comic strip cover), and, yes, MUSIC FROM THE ELDER, which I like and still like. I held off on getting CREATURES. And once the make-up came off, I totally lost interest in new releases by the band, for a time. 

Watched and loved KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM. It's still holds a so-bad-it's-good allure for me. I had the 12-inch action figures (still have the Gene!), the trading cards (complete set, still), I got the Marvel comic books - and many subsequent ones - and yes, will probably check out the new ones. And I maintain a "KISS Room" in my home with memorabilia collected over the decades. I recently met Ken Kelly and had him sign my DESTROYER (and RESURRECTED) and LOVE GUN covers, and he did a Gene sketch for me, too. They're all on the wall along with a ton of other stuff.  

And yes, I eventually got - an enjoy - CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. Really like REVENGE, too. CARNIVAL OF SOULS has the band sounding really tight and...grown up. Not necessarily things you'd expect (or maybe even want) from a KISS album. PSYCHO CIRCUS had the nostalgia factor, but to me, not much has held up from it. SONIC BOOM kinda reminded me of RNRO. MONSTER...some ok songs, but I haven't listened to it much.

I've dressed up like Gene Simmons for Halloween 4 times in my life, at the ages of 9, 10, 25, and 30. 

My first KISS concert was during The Reunion Tour. I could never get anyone to take me as a kid, and, again, the were out of the make-up and costumes by the time I could drive myself to a show, so, I wasn't all that interested. But, with the Reunion, I wasn't gonna miss out.

I've seen them, I think, 12 times. For the SONIC BOOM tour, I got a front row/meet-and-greet package. That was absolutely awesome!

My favorite band, to be sure. And Gene has always been my favorite member/character. Favorite album? It changes...but right now (and often), it's ROCK AND ROLL OVER. Just a straight ahead rocker. I love all of those first 5 studio albums (6 if you count ALIVE!  Ha.), but RNRO just stands out, for me.




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My favorite band, to be sure.

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KISS are a top 10 all-time favorite band of mine, easily.

But "best band in the universe?" The Beatles.


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Bill, according to KISS ALIVE FOREVER, the last time the tank turret drum riser appeared in Europe was the 1983 Lick It Up tour. 
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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 7:01am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

OK, you guys got me in the mood to put in my Kissology vol. 1 dvd's.

I just love the concerts from the seventies.
And their visit to Cadillac ,Michigan (which I remember being all over the news around here) is a hoot to watch!

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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 7:52am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Brian,i`ve just done a bit of internet research...

My 80`s concerts were actually,

Unmasked 1980
Lick It Up 1983
Animalize 1984( I couldn`t believe Kiss toured the U.K. twice within a year!) 
All of the above at Bingley Hall,Stafford.

Reunion Tour.

I did try to see them at the Monsters Of Rock festival at Donington in 1988,but i had to work,one of the few Monsters Of Rock`s i missed during the 80`s.Having said that,two fans died in a crowd surge during Guns n Roses set,so the event was marred by that.


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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 8:55am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

You got some great shows there, Bill!
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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 9:36am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Very true Brian,the best was Unmasked...make-up,Ace on form and Eric The Fox Carr on drums,it was also my first Kiss gig! One thing that sticks in my mind,support band was `Girl` a Glam/Metal type band with a pre-Def Leppard Phil Collen on guitar.They were mercilessly `Gobbed on` by certain punters for wearing make-up and being a bit camp...some Kiss fans don`t do irony!

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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 11:57am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

If any of you guys haven't read the book i referenced earlier, KISS ALIVE FOREVER, you really need to. Not only is it a complete live chronicle of their live shows thru the Farewell Tour ( I don't think it goes past that), but it's also one of the most informative books I've ever read about the band. The authors interviewed most, if not all, of the band's original crew up thru at tleast the 80's as well as other various members of their touring entourage. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's readily availabe thru Amazon and still goes for cover price or cheaper.

I emailed one of the authors a few years ago and he informed me that, yes, they were working on a volume 2, but weren't finished with it and didn't know when it would come out.

I'm getting Paul's book for Christmas.

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