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KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 282

Tonight I took part in another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This time we discussed Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked—a great new book by Greg Prato that drops on November 19. Check out our detailed discussion below, where we go chapter by chapter and also provide our overall thoughts on the book. Additionally, this episode includes a 30-minute interview with the author conducted by Julian Gill. Enjoy!

KISS Announces Tour Dates & Final Performance

The end is near. On KISS Kruise IX, while amongst the KISS Navy, KISS revealed the band’s final performance on its “End Of The Road” tour. It’s taking place on July 17, 2021 in New York City, where the band was formed, at a yet-to-be-announced location. The band already performed at Madison Square Garden, so that’s out of the question. Will it be at Citi Field in Queens? How about Central Park? No one knows, but I’m sure we’ll find out in the months to come.

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Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked

On November 19, a new book about KISS is coming out. Unlike the many that came before it, this one is focused on the non-makeup era of the band, which is from 1983-1996. As a big fan of this KISS time period, I was eager to read this book and see if it lived up to the hype it has been getting. I’m glad to say that, overall, it’s an excellent book with a wealth of information. Inside you’ll find chapters on each album from the band during this era, as well as some additional subcategories. The author provides his thoughts for each of these, while also including insights from industry influencers and those that were either in the band or worked with KISS. My only complaint is I don’t like that Eddie Trunk was included in this book, specifically because Gene and Paul don’t like him (because he doesn’t support the current incarnation of the band) and, as a result, many KISS fans don’t like him either, including yours truly. I think Eddie Trunk’s prominence in this book hurts it and could have a negative impact on sales because of how vehemently opposed some fans are toward him. All of the other guest commentators in this book are perfectly fine, but it’s puzzling why the author chose to highlight someone as polarizing as Eddie Trunk, especially since he’s such a negative force in the KISS world. If you can set this aside, then you should definitely pick up a copy of Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked.

KISSFAQ Podcast Episode 268: 10th Anniversary of Anomaly

Yesterday, I took part in an episode of the KISSFAQ Podcast celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Ace Frehley album Anomaly, where we discussed our thoughts on the record, including a track-by-track rundown. As always, it was a fun time. I hope you enjoy it!

KISS: The Hottest Brand In The Land

KISS: The Hottest Brand In The Land is a new coffee table book by Nicholas Buckland. Clocking in at 390 pages, it is the officially licensed story of the KISS merchandising craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s. While the Ultra Deluxe Edition, which was autographed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, and the Deluxe Edition are sold out, the Standard Edition is still available for $99.

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Hershey’s Last KISS

Last night I attended my third concert, so far, on KISS’ End Of The Road Tour, and it was great! I previously saw the band back in the spring in Philadelphia and then Atlanta. Both of those shows were inside large arenas, while this one was outside, making for a totally different atmosphere. With 20,000 fans in attendance and sweltering heat, it was a high-energy performance that had people on their feet the entire time. And with it taking place in an amusement park, I know it conjured up images for fans of the cult classic KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.

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Philly’s Final KISS

KISS performed its final concert ever in Philadelphia on March 29, 2019. I was there, along with my wife, and it was a blast! Even though I’ve seen KISS live many times, including on three KISS Kruises, I’ve never seen them in the Wells Fargo Center. It was awesome seeing them in a large arena, filled with face-painted fans of all ages. Even better, the band left all access passes for us, something I’ve never had, which meant we could walk almost anywhere we wanted in the building, including backstage, without restriction.

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Book Review: 27 by Gene Simmons

Boring. That’s not a word typically associated with Gene Simmons. Unfortunately, it’s the best one to describe his new book, 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club. I went into this book wanting to enjoy it, as I have with his other literary work. However, I just couldn’t get into this one and found it to be dry compared to the charismatic and compelling style found in his other books.

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KISSFAQ Podcast Episode 226: David Garibaldi, Vinnie Vincent, and Ace Frehley

After a long hiatus, I returned to the KISSFAQ Podcast for episode 226, where Julian Gill and I discussed the gauntlet of topics hitting the KISS ecosystem today, including David Garibaldi opening for KISS on its “End of the Road” tour, Vinnie Vincent cancelling his postponed comeback concert, and Ace Frehley taking the gloves off and going after Gene and Paul on social media. It’s a jam-packed episode and, as always, it was a blast to take part in. I hope you enjoy it.

A Conversation With Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley is more than just the former lead guitarist of KISS, he’s also an immensely successful solo artist whose sound – both vocals and guitar – is immediately identifiable. For decades Ace has blazed a path all his own and inspired millions of fans and musicians along the way. His new solo album, appropriately titled Spaceman, is out October 19. I’ve listened to Spaceman numerous times and it’s fantastic – easily one of his best. Ace was kind enough to speak with me about his new record and a variety of other topics. I hope you enjoy the interview.

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