|28th June 2000 BBC auction report|
BBC News Online]
Fans spend millions for a piece of Kiss
Collectors and fans of veteran rock band Kiss spent a collective $1.6m (£1m) at an auction of the group's memorabilia in LA at the weekend.
A set of life-size dummies of the band fetched the highest bid of $189,500 (£118,400), while a bathrobe given to Gene Simmons by Cher made $632 (£395).
Simmons and fellow Kiss member Paul Stanley said they parted with the items because they wanted "as many people as possible to have a piece of Kiss".
latest issue of Metal Edge (August) contains 4 brand new
interviews with KISS along with 4 pin-up posters. You should be
able to get a copy over here although it seems to be getting
harder and harder to find it now (got mine in Vegas). Amongst
other things the following is said:-
Hey fellow kiss fan,
I invite you to listen to 91.5 wrbc in Lewiston Maine USA on Tuesday July fourth from two p.m. to eight p.m. eastern standard time for the ninth annual KISS MARATHON. listen live at http://www.bates.edu/wrbc for six solid hours of kiss music and interviews. this is an all request program so feel free to e-mail your request to us in the studio during the program. any and all questions should be e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank you
|26th June 2000 News bits|
|Sorry for the lack of
updates recently I've been in Vegas for a week (6 weeks before
KISS unfortunately), tonnes of KISS stuff over there - including
video adverts being played for the August 2nd show all the time
(even in some of the casinos!). The KISS auction was taking
place over there while I was there and got some coverage on Fox
news - the Alive/Worldwide costumes went for around $190,000
with the Psycho Circus ones going for $145,000!!
Managed to get hold of the latest Metal Edge look out for
some scans & info from it tomorrow (there's 4 great
interviews in it). The KISS stuff in Spencers was a bit disappointing
(Love Gun Dolls, bears, lava lamp & a Gene goblet), but
another rock shop in the Stratosphere (just down from Spencers)
has a huge KISS display in the window including Love Gun Dolls,
fabric posters, lifesize cut-outs, KISS American Football shirts
etc). Hopefully the Hard Rock hotel in Vegas will be bidding in
the KISS Auction - all they can currently manage is 12 KISS
dolls (including the 4 original ones from the 70's) and some
other bit's & bob's - no guitars or costumes.
Just want to inform you about some magazines & articles.
The new GUITAR ONE magazine has a 5 page article in his latest issue (July 2000). It also has a small pic. of Ace on the cover with this text: KISS riff blowout!.
Also the latest METAL EDGE (July 2000) magazine is for sale now with almost a full cover (Gene, Ace & Paul). It's a 20 page KISS farewell tour exclusive.
You really have to buy this one!
This week weekly magazines DAG ALLEMAAL / ZONDAG NIEUWS have a small article & pic. of Gene Simmons. It's about his biography.
Last week teen-magazine JOEPIE had a small article & pic. of the band about there auction on the 24th/25th of this month.
|17th June 2000 News bits|
|Classic Rock have
a small KISS article in their news pages, it mentions Gene's
biography and the farewell tour - there's a picture of the band
too - mirrored (doesn't it piss you off when magazines do
PC Format have given Psycho Circus- The Nightmare Child a small preview in the new issue, gets a fairly decent write up although they say it's out in September which is wrong (especially considering they were at the London preview where all the promo stuff said it's out on July 14th). Good to see it's getting some decent coverage over here though.
The Second Coming is to get it's European release late
next month - a Dutch release has been on the cards for a couple
of months, but now it seems all of us should be getting it. If
you've don't know what I'm talking about click
here to read a review of the video.
|14th June 2000 Gene wins court case|
Allstar via George Tzimas]
Gene Simmons Scores Victory Against Nanny In Court
KISS rocker Gene Simmons has successfully fended off a lawsuit brought by a former nanny in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The lawsuit, filed by a former nanny of Simmons and longtime companion Shannon Tweed, was dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge after "the factual basis of the evidence on which the lawsuit was filed came into serious question," said Charles Goldstein, Simmons' lawyer, in a statement to the press. What evidence exactly was unknown at press time.
"We never thought anyone we treated like family would sue us," said Simmons in a statement after the victory. "The dismissal of the case was a complete vindication because we always treated her with respect and dignity," added Tweed.
|KISS Unauthorized DVD|
|Jack, the producer of
both Tale Of The Fox and KISS
Unauthorized has been in touch to say that KISS Unauthorized
will be released on DVD, complete with more bonus footage very
|11th June 2000 Detroit show review|
|Dan bach has sent in a great review of the 2 Detroit shows that he went to in May, along with pictures of stuff he picked up along the way (including a set list signed by Ace himself).|
|9th June 2000 Eric Singer on TFI|
|If you didn't catch TFI
at 6 tonight make sure you see the repeat at midnight - Eric
Singer was playing drums for Alice Cooper on his new single
(might be wrong but I think the song is called 'Blow me a
kiss'??). You didn't get to see much of him, but all the same
any Eric coverage is cool with me.
|7th June 2000 Psycho Circus preview|
|Just got back from a special preview showing of The Nightmare Child at the Playing Fields in London, a few people from Gathering Of Developers made the trip over to show off the game. Well what can I say apart from that the game is shit hot, don't worry about having to think when you're playing - this game was built for your trigger finger alone....|
to pick up a copy of Goldmine when I was in London, yet again
Ken Sharp has produced 4 excellent interviews that cover
everything from the Farewell Tour to what they got up to before
KISS existed. Here's some highlights, but I really recommend
that you get hold of a copy:-
|5th June 2000 More Nightmare Child info|
just been given the box art and the text from the back of the European
Nightmare Child box - it's looking
pretty cool I think you'll agree. Looks like we wont be having
the 4 different boxes as is believed to be happening in the US.
I'll have a full report from a special preview session on Wednesday and a load of new screenshots on Friday.....
|Dan bach, who has
contributed a fair old bit to the site in the last year has just
come back from a couple of Farewell shows in Detroit. He will be
sending in a review soon, but until then here's a quick report:-
|1st June 2000 More tour dates|
|Some new US tour dates
have just been announced taking the tour up to the beginning of
September. The new dates include another show in Las Vegas on
August 2nd at the Mandalay Bay hotel/casino.
|Look out for a special
preview report of KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child next
week, I'm off to meet the developers and (hopefully) have a go
of the game. Some more screenshots will also be released next
week. If anyone has any questions about the game mail
me before next week and I'll do my best to get an
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