One of my two older brothers got DESTROYER on vinyl pretty much right when it came out in 1976. I would have been 6 years old, about to turn 7. We also had THE ORIGINALS, which were the first three studio albums re-released packaged as a set. We had the 45 of Rock and Roll All Nite, as well (with both studio and live versions). Not too much later, I'd pick up the ALIVE! double album. And, when it was released (also in 76), we got ROCK AND ROLL OVER on 8-track!
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By this age, I was already reading comics. So, that DESTROYER cover really caught my eye. They were like weird-looking super-heroes! And the music was pretty catchy! The materials that came with THE ORIGINALS and ALIVE! were also a treat for my very visually-oriented mind. And that ROCK AND ROLL OVER cover...wow. Now, they really looked like something out of a comic book. Of course, the would soon become literal comic book superheroes....
Adding to that particular mystique: they had secret identities! Very few knew what they looked like out of the make-up. For years!
Of course, I got LOVE GUN (with another great Ken Kelly painted cover, like DESTROYER), ALIVE II, DOUBLE PLATINUM, The Solo albums, DYNASTY, UNMASKED (with a comic strip cover), and, yes, MUSIC FROM THE ELDER, which I like and still like. I held off on getting CREATURES. And once the make-up came off, I totally lost interest in new releases by the band, for a time.
Watched and loved KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM. It's still holds a so-bad-it's-good allure for me. I had the 12-inch action figures (still have the Gene!), the trading cards (complete set, still), I got the Marvel comic books - and many subsequent ones - and yes, will probably check out the new ones. And I maintain a "KISS Room" in my home with memorabilia collected over the decades. I recently met Ken Kelly and had him sign my DESTROYER (and RESURRECTED) and LOVE GUN covers, and he did a Gene sketch for me, too. They're all on the wall along with a ton of other stuff.
And yes, I eventually got - an enjoy - CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. Really like REVENGE, too. CARNIVAL OF SOULS has the band sounding really tight and...grown up. Not necessarily things you'd expect (or maybe even want) from a KISS album. PSYCHO CIRCUS had the nostalgia factor, but to me, not much has held up from it. SONIC BOOM kinda reminded me of RNRO. MONSTER...some ok songs, but I haven't listened to it much.
I've dressed up like Gene Simmons for Halloween 4 times in my life, at the ages of 9, 10, 25, and 30.
My first KISS concert was during The Reunion Tour. I could never get anyone to take me as a kid, and, again, the were out of the make-up and costumes by the time I could drive myself to a show, so, I wasn't all that interested. But, with the Reunion, I wasn't gonna miss out.
I've seen them, I think, 12 times. For the SONIC BOOM tour, I got a front row/meet-and-greet package. That was absolutely awesome!
My favorite band, to be sure. And Gene has always been my favorite member/character. Favorite album? It changes...but right now (and often), it's ROCK AND ROLL OVER. Just a straight ahead rocker. I love all of those first 5 studio albums (6 if you count ALIVE! Ha.), but RNRO just stands out, for me.
Edited by Brian Rhodes on 09 November 2016 at 3:26pm