History Trivia / Kiss

14th Jun '16 12:44:36 AM 3rdStringPG
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* NamesTheSame: Gene is not to be confused with the actress [[Film/{{Spartacus}} Jean]] [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls Simmons]].

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* NamesTheSame: Gene is not to be confused with the actress [[Film/{{Spartacus}} Jean]] [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls Simmons]]. Or rockabilly singer Jumpin' Gene Simmons, known for his 1960s novelty hit "Haunted House". Or mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons, who went by his middle name.
24th Apr '16 5:53:52 AM Berrenta
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* TheMerch: KISS is infamous for plastering their name and faces on anything they can get their hands on. They are probably the only rock band with their own line of caskets.
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.



** 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 left to add) when both he and his wife were diagnosed with cancer and the 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.

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