Summertime…

Just want to wish everybody a great summer. With summer vacation at kids out of kindergarten there will not be much time for updating the these pages for a couple of weeks.

But there will come a lot more stuff when the vacation is over. I have lot of ideas and Kiss related stuff I want to write about. So check in here in a couple of weeks and I will have some goodies for you. Many more articles about Kiss related books and Kiss posters, prints and merchandise in all kind of sizes.

Tore also have also delivered some great stuff from the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that I haven’t had the time to complete yet.

The picture is of Kjell, me and Nico from last summer. Let’s hope we will have a great “Kiss summer” next year also.

So have a great summer and I will “see you” in a couple of weeks!

Turne-rapport Scandinavia’1999

Av Lars Gøran, Cato og Stig

Del 1 – Backstage med Kiss

Kiss gjør dessverre ikke store backstage treff lenger, men noe skulle det nå bli i Oslo likevel. Kiss Army var representert sammen med selvfølgelig Polygram/Universial gjenget, Dagbladet, Thomas Gjertsen og Espen Eckbo fra TV-norges “Mandagsklubben”, NRK dagsrevyen og TV2 nyhetene.

Spent og smånervøs venter jeg i drifsresepsjonen i Spektrum på Polygram folket. Endelig kommer Polygram Cecilie med VIP og fotopass, og jeg er verdens lykkligste. Vi blir alle vist ned i kjeller´n på spektrum blant semitrailere og annet teknisk utstyr, videre til ett område hvor turnens kontorvirksomhet drives. Det er ikke småteri de drar meg seg rundt for å få dette til å fungere. Datamaskiner, faxer, arkivskap osv. I en del av lokalet sitter menneskene som styrer video og 3D-overføringen av showet. De har full oversikt bak en rekke monitorer og en gedigen bildemixer. Continue reading

KAN’s Last Kiss !!!

Av: Cato Kristiansen og Lars Gøran Gustavsen

Réunion turneen var jo noe helt spesielt den var enorm , da mange av oss faktisk ikke hadde sett Kiss live med sminke og enda færre hadde sett original besetningen med Gene, Paul, Ace og Peter.
De spilte for utsolgte arenaer verden over og var ‘over the top’, noe de virkelig hadde fortjent etter så mange år som ”The Greatest band in the World”

Året er 2000, noen få år etter den gode nyheten med Kiss Reunion har bandet som er ‘Larger than Life’ annonsert sin ‘Farewell Tour’ etter 27 fantastiske år.

Det som overrasket mest var vel at Turneen ikke var planlagt ved å komme til
Europa ! ( noe som vi vet er under planlegging, men man skal ikke forvente for mye ) kunne man virkelig gå glipp av dette selv om det betydde at man måtte reise helt til USA ? Nei ! VI kunne ikke gå glipp av dette for alt i verden. Continue reading

Dynasty picture on eBay

As an avid eBay user I often come across cool stuff on eBay. The find today is the original picture for the Dynasty poster. The starting bid is $600.

The description from the seller is; “KISS dye-transfer print produced in 1976(Red.????), originally planned for a KISS album cover. However, another band had issued an album featuring the same fundamental concept (of the band members bound in straitjackets); therefore, the print was never utilized. This is the only such picture of the album cover in existence. Image moderately blemished by mildew stains from protracted storage in humid conditions.”

A really cool little part of Kisstory. Check it out on eBay.

On Tour with Kiss 1980

This is the Kiss article I probably read most times during the early 80′s. Anders Tengners article about the Scandinavian part of the European tour in 1980. Anders have graciously give me permission to post a English version of the article (translated by me). Be sure to check out Anders book “Access All Areas – Mitt liv med hårdrockens giganter”. Reviewed here by me. – Nils

Now over to the good stuff!

On Tour with Kiss – By Anders Tengner

All stories have a beginning and this one started a long time ago, back in 1975. It was then I discovered the phenomena KISS. Earlier I had been a hot-blooded Alice Cooper fan. Suddenly there were something better. Four guys from New York who had a dream. The dream was to become stars. And becoming stars were something they had real talent for.

They wore grotesque make-up and stage outfits made of leather and studs, so there were no way one could ignore this band. Even if they already had a couple of albums released, it was “Alive!” that got me hooked!
It was a record that the world had never seen alike before. Well played, even if not to complicated, great and powerful hard rock! From “Deuce” to “Black Diamond” I was in “heavy metal heaven”. Even the 33d time the record was playing. There is no band that have beaten Kiss with a better live record to this day. I was dreaming about seeing the band on stage already then. Dreaming about seeing the most spectacular show in the rock world. Already in May 1976 it was time for the first Kiss tour outside the USA, with the bestseller “Destroyer” just released. Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Olympen in Lund and Scandinavium in Gotheburg got to see what Kiss called “budget” concerts, because the stage equipment were scaled down. The fans came in great number and went wild. Specially the Gröna Lund show was wild. 20 000 people were a great Kiss concert “richer”, and one of them was me.
Kiss grew bigger and bigger during the following years. Japan went “Kiss crazy” and got visits in both 1977 and 1978. Here in Europe we had promises about tours all the time, but nothing happened. Not before this year. The year 1980 when Kiss has 15 records behind them, Kiss went out on a 26 show long European tour. POSTER followed Kiss around Scandinavia. Continue reading

Reisebrev fra Kiss nasjonen

Av Lars Gøran Gustavsen

”You wanted the best, you got he best the hardest band in the world KISS”. Bombene går av og 1977 hitten “Love Gun” øser ut av de gigantiske høytalerne. Så står jeg der igjen for 4 gang på 5 dager. Fremst foran scenen, med blikket mot verdens største rocke ikoner. Igjen er KISS på turne i USA og 1000 vis av fans er samlet for å hylle sine helter denne kvelden.

Så var jeg på vei over til Statene for tredje gang for å se KISS.

Etter å ha overværet 26 konserter fra 1988 og frem til i nå, var det allikevel med like stor spenning jeg skulle runde min 30. konsert. Konserter i Milwaukee, Chicago, Columbus og Cinncinatti var allerede bestemt før avreise.

Noen dager før reisen til USA ble jeg kontaktet av KISS trommeslager Eric Singer som ønsket meg god tur over og ba meg kontakte han per telefon ved ankomst, slik at vi kunne treffes. Continue reading