History Trivia / KISS

26th Jul '15 3:41:01 PM Homemaderat
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**** As of 2015, for Simmons and Stanley at least this might be revoked. Their animated crossover with Franchise/ScoobyDoo clearly had some callbacks to Phantom of the Park.
14th Jun '15 3:09:35 PM Schroeder1174
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* InMemoriam: To Neil Bogart, the founder of Casablanca Records, in ''Creatures Of The Night'', and to Eric Carr in ''Revenge''.
17th May '15 1:36:32 PM NWolfman
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** There's a joke about that goes "Most rock bands want to be TheBeatles, KISS wanted to be Coca-Cola."
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** There's a joke about that goes "Most rock bands want to be TheBeatles, KISS wanted to be Coca-Cola."
30th Apr '15 5:41:39 PM NWolfman
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** There's a joke about that goes "Most rock bands want to be TheBeatles, KISS wanted to be Coca-Cola."
7th Mar '15 11:27:08 PM darkrage6
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** Also, the songs on Dynasty and Unmasked were originally far less commercial sounding, but producer Vini Poncia(who had produced Peter Criss's 1978 solo album) insisted on polishing them up.
16th Jun '14 10:48:18 PM darkrage6
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''The Keep'', the only band that had two former KISS members, Peter Criss and Mark St. John, as official members. Recorded a couple of demos which were poorly received, and the band promptly imploded.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''The Keep'', the only band that had two former KISS members, Peter Criss and Mark St. John, as official members. Recorded a couple of demos which were poorly received, and the band promptly imploded.imploded after some disagreements between Criss and St. John.

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''The Keep'', ** Criss had a short-stint with a female-fronted rock group called "Balls Of Fire" that only played seven live shows before breaking up. ** Criss was also recording a rock album as a follow-up to "One For All" and it was almost finished(the vocals were the only band that had two former KISS members, Peter Criss left to add) when both he and Mark St. John, as official members. Recorded a couple of demos which his wife were poorly received, diagnosed with cancer and the band promptly imploded.project got left on the sidelines.

*** What about the amusement park project at the same year ?
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*** What about the ** There were plans for a travelling KISS-themed amusement park project at the same year ?year, but that wound up being nixed due to the cost being too expensive.

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** Vinnie Vincent while auditioning for the band was also in a project with New England drummer Hirsch Gardner called "Warrior" and he recorded a few demos of songs which would later end up on the "Vinnie Vincent Invasion" albums, the demos featured vocals by Jeff Scott Soto and Vinnie himself, the project was ultimately abandoned when Vinnie was accepted into KISS. *** Vinnie was also working on a project called "Guitars From Hell" in the late 80s/early 90s with Robert Fleschman after the break-up of "Invasion", some demos were recorded but the project fell apart after Vinnie went behind the record labels back and tried to get a better deal elsewhere, leading the label to cancel the project. *** In the mid-90s he also planned to release a solo album called "Guitarmaggedon" and the "Euphoria" E.P. was a teaser for it, but the album never came out.
16th Jun '14 10:38:12 PM darkrage6
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**** Interestingly, one song, "A World Without Heroes", was revived for the ''MTV Unplugged'' show.. ** They didn't have much good to say about their MadeForTVMovie ''KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park'' either.
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**** *** Interestingly, one song, "A World Without Heroes", was revived for the ''MTV Unplugged'' show.. ** *** They didn't have much good to say about their MadeForTVMovie ''KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park'' either.either. *** Both ''Unmasked'' and ''Dynasty'' are generally not fondly remembered by the band due to the overly polished production compared to the last few albums and sounding too far removed from the band's signature sound.
1st Apr '14 1:56:40 PM Willbyr
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** After Ace Frehley left, before they brought in Vinnie Vincent, KISS seriously considered bringing in Eddie Van Halen. Gene had briefly managed Van Halen before they got their record deal and Eddie was very unhappy with the direction of the band at the time (particularly his frequent clashes with David Lee Roth and being forced to record so many covers). Ultimately both KISS and Eddie decided it would be best if Eddie stuck with Van Halen and KISS sought a new guitarist elsewhere.
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** After Ace Frehley left, before they brought in Vinnie Vincent, KISS seriously considered bringing in Eddie Van Halen. Gene had briefly managed Van Halen before they got their record deal and Eddie was very unhappy with the direction of the band at the time (particularly his frequent clashes with David Lee Roth and being forced to record so many covers). Ultimately both KISS and Eddie decided it would be best if Eddie stuck with Van Halen and KISS sought a new guitarist elsewhere.elsewhere. ----
1st Apr '14 1:51:47 PM Willbyr
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* CashCowFranchise: One of the most {{egregious}} examples in any medium. They have all kinds of licensed merchandise, including action figures, comic books, ''condoms'', and, last but not least, the infamous '''Kiss Kaskets''' (in one of which [[Music/{{Pantera}} Dimebag Darrell]] was buried). As of 2013, Gene and Paul now own their own arena football team in Los Angeles. The team will be named the LA Kiss and use the band's logo. In addition, purchasing a season ticket will also include access to a KISS concert.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ''Music from "The Elder"'' had its song order rearranged so that both sides would start with songs the record company wanted to be singles. This is why the story on the American edition makes no sense. * MoneyDearBoy: Possibly the TropeCodifier for musical artists. If you accuse Gene Simmons of being a sellout, he'll just laugh and agree with you wholeheartedly. He has stated several times over the years that the reason he became a rock musician was because he wanted to get rich and get girls, which is exactly what he did, many times over. Further exemplified by the fact that Simmons actually [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope owns the trademark to the image]] of a [[ThiefBag sack of money with a dollar sign on it]]. When British indie rockers Teenage Fanclub put that image on the cover of their 1991 album ''Bandwagonesque'', the band's label wound up giving Simmons a cut of the royalties.
16th Nov '13 12:44:14 PM JIKTV
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* NamesTheSame: Gene is not to be confused with the actress [[Film/{{Spartacus}} Jean]] [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls Simmons]].
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