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KISS- Beyond The Makeup on YouTube


Paul Sidoti

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That was great!

Rock and Roll all Night has got to be one of the best Live songs ever...I saw KISS three or four times in their heyday and never tired of them!

They came with game faces on every damn time they played, how many acts do you see that sleepwalk through their performances nowadays???....not KISS, ever!!!

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When I MC'd KISS' concert at the old Winnipeg Arena back in the vicinity of 1979 [?? might have been '78...or '80 ??] I was not allowed backstage...OR near them in any way shape or form UNTIL their make-up had been fully and completely applied. angry

I thought it was 100% ridiculous...and very 'bubble-gummy'. I already had enough trouble taking them seriously as a band. That just sealed it for me. Decided they were a bunch of No-Go Showboats.

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Did anyone here ever see "Tribute", the documentary about various tribute bands? There was a very good KISS tribute band (with an African-American Paul Stanley!) in it, along with two pretty awful (and competing) Monkees tribute bands and a Queen band.

I've always wondered about why someone would want to play in such a band.....excluding, let's say, a Beatles tribute band (Les Fradkin & Marshall Crenshaw as George and John in the original Beatlemania, and a rumor I heard that Scott McCarl may have been one of the finalists for Paul).

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I've never understood the tribute band thing either. Years ago I saw one for the Doors, called Moonlight Drive. There were about 7 people up on stage trying to recreate what the Doors did with 4. I've also seen Beatle, and Cheap Trick tributes at fests I've attended, and there are actually people that follow these bands around.

Come to think of it, some of the original bands are now nothing more than tributes of themselves, like Foreigner (one original member), Journey, Styx, and even Kiss now. I love all those bands, but there's a time to hang it up.

Jeff

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Wow.. good question. I've been fortunate to have a lot of very special pieces in my collection, lots autographed by the guys (one is a picture of me with the band that is on myspace that I had blown up, autographed by the original lineup and framed in 11x14 size).

One (unattainable) would be a video of me dressed as either Gene or Ace in their Love Gun era costume, playing 4 or 5 songs at soundcheck with the other three original members on bass and lead guitar with full production going on. Pyro, lights, fog, etc..

In reality, I would love a 1977 Gene or Ace stage worn costume (available for ridiculous amounts on eBay from time to time). Or a mint condition KISS Pinball Machine from 1979.

Paul

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I too am a KISS fan, but nowhere near the fan that my son is.....He knows almost every song and can play 'em all along with the CD's....I had the priviledge of seeing them a couple of years ago with my son. After the show, we all crowded out back to see the guys "load up" into a van that shuttled them to the airport......Gene immediately got into the van, but Paul stopped to say hello, shake hands and sign autographs....(I'm assuming that Paul is still hospitalized?).....I got some pretty cool pics.....and my son has collected as much KISS stuff as he can get his hands on.....of course Gene is his favorite. I do like Family Jewels...kinda shows the "human" side of Gene when he's not makin' mega bucks!!! Kinda funny, and I like his kid Nick...he's more mature than Gene!! LOL!!

Ronda

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Paul - my particular all consuming Kiss memorabilia collecting was Japanese Magazines and photos of them without makeup circa mid-70's, I shudder to count the number of actual magazines (Japan or not) I have with them in it - they are in 3 closets lol. I also have a Victor Records 1978 promo calendar that I know a few would beg me for lol. I got it cheap from a guy who went to Japan for me Kiss shopping a few years back - and he didn't know how much it was worth - sold it for $50 and it is mint rolled in a tube. Nothing though could compare to meeting them at the 95 Atlanta Official Convention and having Ace hold my hand in Australia and saying "you were in the front row".... a teenage fantasy come true lol. Thanks for your response!

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Hey Lee, I worked at the Philly Spectrum in 1979. I was part of the crew that changed over from event to event. After the concerts we would push the equipment up the ramps and onto the trucks.

I'll never forget about two hours after the KISS show out of the dressing room with a beautiful woman on each arm and in a fur coat was Gene Simmons WITHOUT the make-up for all of us nobodys to see! We also saw Peter that night without make-up. I was kind of surprised and wishing I had a camera in my pocket because back then, it WAS a big deal.

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Here's something Paul Stanley posted on his website. I guess he's OK, although at 55 shouldn't he be considering slowing down just a little bit?

PAULSTANLEY.com

To All My Friends And Fans,

I wanted to let all of you know that I AM ABSOLUTELY FINE!

I'm going to the gym as usual, painting as usual and will be going into the recording studio this week. Like many, I have had a rapid heart beat condition most of my life and I never have had any type of restrictions. When I've had an episode, although momentarily disrupting and taxing, it has no residual

effect. This is nothing new and my doctors have known about it.

In short, It doesn't change, hasn't changed and won't change my life.

To make it clear...

I WILL BE AT ROCK & ROLL FANTASY CAMP IN NY..

I WILL BE AT THE WENTWORTH ART GALLERY SHOW in Des Peres, MO. and anything else that's on schedule. I'm stoked and looking forward to it all.

Thanks for the literally thousands of calls and e-mails from all of you. You all mean the world to me.

Now ONWARD!

Paul

Jeff

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..."although at 55 shouldn't he be considering slowing down just a little bit?"

I'm 55. Don't play baseball anymore... Otherwise...slow down? For what? I would HATE to regret, at the age of 75, that I had wasted 20 years "slowing down". What would I be saving myself for?

The best way to stay alive...and ENJOY it to the fullest...is to...LIVE.

My Dad lived to 84...snow-skiied til he was 83. Was still scaling TALL trees and dropping 'em 3 months before he finally cashed in his chips. He lived on his own, travelled, partied......enjoyed himself... [and he had leukemia...outlasting the doctor's 'prognosis' by about 5 years]

I'm 18...'til I die.

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I'm sorry Lee, I certainly didn't mean to offend you. I just meant at 55, and with a heart condition like he has,is it wise for him to be flying all around the country, performing, appearing at art galleries ( he was here in Chicago the week before his concert cancellation), and attending R&R fantasy camp? I'm 48, and although I certainly don't live the rock & roll lifestyle, I am finding things I used to take pleasure in, I'm finding them harder to do. (But I STILL try to do them!) LOL

Jeff

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