Once you become a member of the Kiss Army, you are a member for life.
And everyone knows, nobody parties like Kiss.
Guitarist Bruce Kulick filled me in on the details of a special party planned for Pittsburgh in an article for The Indiana Gazette that was printed on June 23, 1993.
Kiss is in Pittsburgh tonight to host a party for approximately 500 of their “closest” friends.
To attend this party, it’s not who they know that gets fans in the door. It’s a special pass, purchased for a penny, (along with any Kiss release), that admits fans to this special “meet and greet” party.
“It’s pretty common to do in-store promotions in record stores, but we wanted to make a more private party for the fans,” explained Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick during a recent phone interview from Dallas.
“Last night was the first one I and it went very well. There were about 1,000 kids there. The fans were really excited to see us — I was surprised because we even had one fainter and a few screamers. That doesn’t normally happen,” Kulick said, laughing.
There will be approximately 20 of these parties staged across the country, with Kiss doing additional in-store record signings, and holding contests that allow lucky fans to have lunch with the band.
The pace is hectic. Kulick explained that sometimes, the band does two or three in-store promotions in one day.
“This is an even tougher schedule than performing. It’s harder because you can’t do three concerts in one day. When we’re performing, it’s easier because most of the day is spent traveling.”
The “meet and greet parties” provide Kiss with a threefold opportunity: to meet with the fans; to promote “Kiss Konfidential,” a new video featuring concert footage as well as behind-the-scenes happenings; and to celebrate the release of “Alive III,” their first live album in 15 years, which was recorded last Thanksgiving weekend in Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis.
Recording the shows was the easy part — selecting just 16 songs to include on the album was another matter.
“Obviously, we didn’t want to do a lot of songs from the early times, but we wanted a good mix. I thought this should be more like the set list we used on the ‘Revenge’ tour (last year). It wasn’t heavy on any time period,” Kulick explained.
After spending eight years with singer Paul Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons (drummer Eric Singer joined Kiss in 1992), Kulick feels in synch with the band.
“Kiss is a very strong band. In the last few years, I’ve really come into my own as a guitarist. I know how the wheels turn and I have a certain commitment and focus toward the band. ”
Kulick’s favorite Kiss song?
“Detroit Rock City,” he answered without hesitation. “It’s a simple song with great riffs. It’s really aggressive.”
Following their “tour” of the country, Kulick anticipates Kiss will be back in the studio by fall working on their next album, as well as helping to organize a special tribute album (containing other musician’s versions of Kiss’ songs), to be released in the spring of 1994.
“Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved,” was released on June 21, 1994, and features covers by Garth Brooks, Anthrax, Extreme, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and more.
Kulick left the band in 1996.
On April 10, 2014, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. On January 28, 2015, Kiss released a collaboration single with the Japanese female idol group Momoiro Clover Z, titled “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina.” It was the first time Kiss did a collaboration with another artist.
Kiss will be touring in Australia in October.
Kiss’ lineup includes Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.