KISS - "How They Almost Never Made It Out Of Queens"

December 6, 2020, a month ago

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KISS - "How They Almost Never Made It Out Of Queens"

The New York Post is running a new story on KISS, looking back on the band's formative years. Following is an excerpt from the piece.

Success was a long shot. Former yeshiva boy (Gene) Simmons and opera-loving (Paul) Stanley were nobodies who couldn’t cut it at Manhattan hot spots. Instead, KISS played its first gig, in 1973, to an almost empty Popcorn Club in Sunnyside.

“Most musicians thought the kabuki makeup was lame,” musician Binky Philips, who went to high school with guitarist Paul Stanley, told The Post. “They made a big noise as a group but, individually, there were no stellar musicians in KISS. They were not handsome. ­Peter (Criss / drummer) had a weak chin and Ace (Frehley /guitarist) had bad skin.

Tom Werman, an A&R man for Epic, remembers them wearing spandex and whiteface when he brought his boss to a practice. “Afterward, my boss looked at me and asked, ‘What the f–k was that?’” he told The Post.

Read the complete story here.

It’s been over 300 days since the KISS stage went dark. Roaring back to life and proving that KISS never does anything small, the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, multi-platinum selling band have announced the biggest concert event of the year, sending off 2020 in KISS style on New Year’s Eve at iconic destination, Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. In a year when stages have been dark globally and fans have been craving a true live music experience, Landmarks Live Presents is set to deliver the largest KISS show of the band’s storied career live from The Royal Beach at Atlantis Dubai with numerous world record attempts for largest ever pyro display.

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, the show will be produced by Landmarks Live Presents will be filmed in 4K and can be seen globally with a 1080p Livestream and ticketing powered by Tixr and available on any computer, mobile, and Apple TV.

Putting nearly 400 crew members back to work for the first time in 8 months, the production will take extraordinary on-site COVID protocols including daily testing and biometric crew wristbands to ensure highest safety standards for the entire event. Performed in front of a live COVID-screened and safe audience in Dubai, this will be a first of its kind hybrid live-ticketed and live streamed event.

“After nine months of this pandemic darkness the world may finally be seeing light of day. On New Year’s Eve KISS will rock the heavens, shake the earth and blaze the way out of 2020 with the largest and most bombastic celebration in our and anyone else’s history. We all need it. We all deserve it. Here’s to 2021,” said KISS.

“Working with KISS is an honor and dream come true for me. To be able to capture them in such an explosive and record-breaking way will certainly be a highlight of my career. This show will be unlike any other show or live stream of 2020,” says Daniel E Catullo III, creator, director and executive producer of Landmarks Live. “Logistically, this was the largest undertaking and production I’ve ever done and during a pandemic made it all the more challenging. Our crew is comprised of over 400 people from all over the world. It has been a very complex show to put together, but we are happy to bring the world something of this size at a time when it is needed the most. It’s a perfect way to say goodbye to 2020 or KISS 2020 GOODBYE.

“Almost 5 months of planning, hundreds of working crew, coordination with the Dubai Government, major logistics and coordination with the band, and putting on a rock show during a global pandemic, this show will go down in the record books,” Catullo added.

“We are incredibly excited that KISS and Landmarks Live has chosen Atlantis Dubai for this first-of-its-kind initiative,” said Timothy Kelly, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Atlantis Dubai. “Atlantis has a reputation as being a trailblazer in the world of entertainment and we know that this event which will be watched by millions across the world will provide electrifying, ever-lasting memories for all who join in the celebrations.”

The show will also feature a live pre-show that can be streamed for free. The KISS concert and pyro show will feature numerous price points to accommodate all New Year’s Eve celebrators safely from home. While the show will be broadcast live timed to midnight in Dubai, ALL of the streaming packages allow a replay option so that fans can re-watch timed to their own midnight festivities.

Price Tiering:

- $39.99- Live Stream and 24 hours of unlimited replays
- $49.99 - Live Stream and 72 hours of unlimited replays
- $249.99- Gold VIP package- Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited Edition DVD w/ 16-page book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster
- $999.999- Platinum VIP Package- Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited edition DVD w/ 16-page book, name in DVD credits and in book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster (autographed), limited edition Hoodie, metal engraved limited edition commemorative ticket, limited edition vinyl record of the show

Tickets are available now at KISS2020Goodbye.com. Watch a new video trailer below:



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