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The KISS Auction

06/07/04 - Billboard

  • Rock fans and collectors spent almost $876,000on day 1 and a grand total of more than $1.6 million on an eclectic array of KISS paraphernalia. a list and sell price of some items:

    The top price of $189,500 was paid for a set of four original costumes from the group's ``Alive'' reunion world tour of 1996-1997. The campy black garb came displayed on mannequins depicting the quartet in full face makeup.

  • Four similar costumes, taken from the group's "Psycho Circus'' tour of 1998-1999, sold for $145,500, within their estimated range of $100,000-$150,000.

  • A bucket of stage blood produced for Simmons to spew on stage sold for $546.
    a pair of Simmons' custom- made platform shoes made of pink leather and snakeskin was a steal at just $632.

  • A Spector electric bass used by Simmons on various tours between 1977 and 1998 fetched the top price for a guitar, selling for $21,850.

  • A poster from a 1973 New York City show, when admission was just $3.00, went for $3,162.
    $86,250 paid for a set of four original KISS costumes on life-size mannequins from the 1977-78 Love Gun/KISS ALIVE II  tour.

  • $40,250 paid for an original Gene Simmons KISS axe-form guitar used on the Creatures of The Night Tour, 1983.

  • $34,500 paid for an original Paul Stanley "star" guitar from the Unmasked/European/Australian Tour era, 1980.

  • $25,875 paid for an original KISS painting of the Love Gun album cover by K.W. Kelly.

  • $20,700 paid for an original Gene Simmons KISS costume on life-size mannequin from the 1975-76 ALIVE! tour.

  • $16,100 paid for an original Paul Stanley KISS costume on life-size mannequin from the 1979 Dynasty Tour .

  • $11,500 paid for an original Gene Simmons personally-owned KISS painting of the Destroyer album by artist Ken Kelly.

For more information about the auction, click over to the Offical site at http://kiss.butterfields.com/index.html



KISS: The Early Years

Released: 11/26/02

(10/17/02) Join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as they take you on a wild ride through the early years of KISS with rock photographer Waring Abbott.

The book will feature 250 photos of the hottest band in the world! See rare, behind-the-scenes pics of Gene, Paul, Ace, Peter, and Eric! Read stories from Gene and Paul about life on the road, makeup tips, publicity stunts, and much more!

Book Stats:

Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Bound: Trade Paperback
List Price: $24.95
Release Date: November 26, 2002
ISBN: 0-609-81028-6


KISS Behind The Mask

Official Authorized Biography

You wanted the best and you got it, the hottest band in the land-KISS! Spanning four decades, they've sold more than 80 million albums. Dressed like leather-clad rock 'n' roll warriors from another planet and adorned in colorful greasepaint, they have transfixed international audiences with monstrous live shows that are an ear-shattering decibel blitz and an awe-inspiring visual invasion. KISS shows aren't just concerts; they're High Mass. They're not another rock band; they're a religion.

Now finally revealed in KISS: BEHIND THE MASK is the definitive account of one of rock music's most outrageous and enduring phenomena. In this official authorized biography, authors David Leaf and Ken Sharp were given full, unprecedented access to KISS and their inner circle. Hear the true, uncensored stories from Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing Demon; Paul Stanley, the acrobatic Starchild; Ace Frehley, the axe-slinging Ace from Space; and Peter Criss, the levitating Catman drummer.

Showcasing dozens of rare and previously unseen photographs culled from the band's archives, this one-of-a-kind book extensively chronicles the group's KISStory, from their struggling birth in New York City to the breakthrough success of their seminal 1975 album, Alive!, to the triumphant reunion that put them back on the road to the unrivaled superstardom that rages on today. This comprehensive volume also offers interviews with the biggest stars in rock music who talk about what KISS means to them. Included are comments from Pete Townshend, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Joe Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others.

The only book that truly captures the inimitable and exuberant spirit of the fiery foursome who gave America its second national anthem, "Rock and Roll All Nite," KISS: BEHIND THE MASK is a must-have for the band's legion of KISS Army acolytes.

  • Dozens of never-before-seen photos
  • The band's KISStory, told in their own words
  • Exclusive album-by-album, song-by-song commentary
  • In unique interviews, today's rock superstars tell why they love KISS


We're A Happy Family

Tribute to Ramones


(02/11/03) The Ramones tribute album helmed by Johnny Ramone and Rob Zombie, has been pushed back again to a February 11, 2003 release date. For fans of almost any genre of rock, it features tracks by Zombie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, KISS, Metallica, U2, Eddie Vedder, and others.

Billboard Rank (Week #1): 43 (03/01/03)
Billboard Rank (Week #2): 56 (03/08/03)
Billboard Rank (Week #3): 90 (03/15/03)

The complete We're A Happy Family track list:

  • "Havana Affair" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • "Blitzkrieg Bop" - Rob Zombie
  • "I Believe In Miracles" - Eddie Vedder with Zeke
  • "53rd & 3rd"- Metallica
  • "Beat On The Brat" - U2
  • "Do You Remember Rock And Roll Radio?" - KISS
  • "KKK Took My Baby Away" - Marilyn Manson
  • "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" - Garbage
  • "Outsider"- Green Day
  • "Something To Believe In" - Pretenders
  • "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker"- Rancid
  • "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"- Pete Yorn
  • "I Wanna Be Sedated"- The Offspring
  • "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"- Rooney
  • "Return Of Jackie & Judy" - Tom Waits
  • "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)" -
    Eddie Vedder with Zeke (a limited edition bonus track on all initial pressings)
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