Kiss Army Spain – Cronicas De Una Decada 1973 – 1983

Kiss Army Spain membership package

Just got back from 12 days in sunny Spain last week. So what is more appropriate than reviewing the new Kiss Army Spain membership package that came in the post at more or less the same time I came home. The package includes both a 113 page book in colour and a DVD from when Kiss played in Madrid 14 October 1983.

I don’t speak Spanish. So my review of the book is more or less just based on the visuals, just as I do with Japanese books. And what a great book It is to look at. The book is crammed with great pictures. Most of them really great photos that have surfaced on the web over the last 4-5 years. And It is really great to have them collected in a great book like this. It really saved me money because I was planning of making a iPhoto book of most of these pictures myself anyway.

The layout of the book reminds me very much of Kiss Army Swedens Destroyer Magazine. Nothing wrong with that. If you have made a book that has a layout that is close to what is probably best Kiss Magazine ever made (both official and not) for a whole book you have done something right. So I must just say that I’m really impressed with the quality of the book, and I got a much better product than I expected. If there is one thing I could put my finger on It’s probably the cover itself. It’s OK, but quite boring compared to the rest of the book. It really doesn’t do such a great book justice. Continue reading

Kiss ramblings – May 2012

When disappointment turned into a wonderful surprise!

WOW! It has been a busy month. It all started with disappointment when Sonisphere were cancelled last month. And even if I’m seeing the band on the Kruise in October I had really looked forward to the show in July. But what did we get instead…? A one of show in OSLO! I must admit I almost hit the ceiling when I got the news that the show at Kollen was confirmed. And It wasn’t easy keeping quiet to all the great Kiss fans I know during the weeks before the festival went public with the news. Who would have guessed that Kiss would do their only performance in Europe in tiny little Norway? Even if It’s probably a quite logical because the economy here is probably the best in Europe right now. And Norway is full of Kiss fans. Probably most per capita in the world. Just look at the attendance figures for the Kiss Kruise right now. Continue reading

Kiss ramblings II – April 2012

The Amish Kiss Army strikes again…

The last weeks there has been much to think about in the “Kissworld”. It seems that Kiss two appearances on “Dancing With The Stars” more or less mobilized all the negative forces in Kiss fandom on the Internet. Not that there is anything wrong with being critical of the appearances or anything else in the world of Kiss. But when a few fans starts to get very vocal about the same old topics they have had issues with for over ten years It get’s really boring, very fast.

It all started with Paul’s vocal issues in New Orleans. Most fans were troubled and showed concerns about his voice. That is as one should expect. And some even ment that It was time to call It a day, and quit if he didn’t get better. A fair opinion. But then you get all the hangers on that started discussing all the same shit they have raved about for over the last decade. Everything from “Bring back Ace and Peter”, “Kiss is a tribute band” , “Double standards” and all the stuff about the make-up. Rambling on like drunken idiots in the street. Not knowing when enough is enough and It’s time to stop. It’s not that we haven’t understood that a lot of people have issues with Tommy, Eric, the make-up etc. But please give It a rest, please… If I had hated what the band is today I would not bother using any time on them and just concentrate on what was and live on those memories. Continue reading

Kiss ramblings – April 2012

A Monster and the pink elephant

It has been a couple of busy weeks in this ‘Kissworld’ and on all the Kiss forums on the Internet. At first we had the Opening of Kiss Monster Mini Golf. An event that probably would not have gained much publicity if Kiss had not been there themselves. Not something that I really care much for myself. But It was fun seeing a complete band without makeup looking real good. The ‘golf thing’ in itself doesn’t bother me at all, I just find It a little goofy. Just as getting married in a Kiss chapel. It’s just not for me… But if Gene & Paul can earn money from It the more power to them.

On March 20th Kiss both had a press-conference with Mötley Crüe announcing “The Tour” they are playing this summer, and  played four songs on Jimmy Kimmel.

The press conference was also the debut of the new Monster outfits. I’m still on the fence about them. But I have always had problems with new outfits. So they probably will sink in sooner or later. The only thing I know I will continue to have problems with are Gene’s ‘unbrushed’ dinosaur teeth. They just make him look to big. And there is something about how they are positioned so they look as they are put on the wrong way. The feather shoulder pads Paul had on the press conference and on Kimmel I have no problem with. It’s the top with all the silver details that looked a little strange to me. But as I said, both outfits will probably grow on me. Continue reading

Kiss ramblings – March 2012

It’s rambling time again…

Just got through a couple of more months with more sick parents and kids. It’s safe to say I’m more than tired of all that stuff. But the spring is coming soon so life will probably get better in general.

Tonight I will probably decide for myself if I’m going to take the trip to Sonisphere festival this summer to see the only Kiss show in Europe in 2012. I really want to but I really don’t know if I have the time or money. If I’m going It will be a quick trip back and forth. So we will just have to wait and see. Will I go or not…?

At least I will get to see Kiss on the Kiss Kruise II in October. The trip is more or less paid for already. I’m sharing a mini suite with three of my friends, and I’m really looking forward to going. It really feels that the last year have not been my year, so I really need something cool like the Kruise this year. And going with some really cool friends does not make It worse. So I’m really looking forward to that. Not being able to go last year didn’t feel good at all.

I have also slowly started to cleaning up in cellar. I have a large room that more or less will be my man cave/Kiss room when I get It done. I have so much stuff that I really want to display and get up on the walls, so It will be really cool when I get It done. It is something I really have been dreaming of doing for years. And of course I will post pics here when I’m ready. Continue reading

Interview with Dennis Woloch

The design wizard

Ever since I since I discovered Kiss in the 70′s, the design and packaging of the albums and merchandise have always fascinated me. And the ‘magic world’ of illustrations and typography It showed me had a lot to do with my own choices later in my working life. So It’s a real pleasure to be able to publish this interview I have done with the Kiss design ‘mastermind’ in the 70′s and 80′s, Dennis Woloch. It’s a dream I have had since I read the great interview he did with the ‘Kiss This’ fanzine in the beginning of the 90′s. And thank you very much Dennis for being to willing to answer these questions. You have made my day.

Q. Tell us a little about your background and what kind of work you did for you did for Howard Marks before you started working with Kiss.

I was the Art Director at Howard Marks Advertising in New York for 22 years. Eventually I became the VP/ Creative Director.
As an art director, my job is to come up with concepts for the project at hand, then design it and do the layout. If the job calls for an illustration or photograph, it’s the art director’s job to select the right person for that particular project. You bring it to life.

Some of our clients were Wall Street firms, Women’s shampoo, Cosmetics and Diaper Services (they competed with disposable diapers) So my experience and challenges were all over the place. We also had a greeting card Company (American Greetings) for a client. We did a large project which used pop star music celebrities, their photos and lyrics to some of their music on posters and greeting cards. I was getting experience in showbiz. We had so many projects and clients that I could not remember 5 percent of what we did in those days. We were busy. Continue reading