47 years ago on May 16th – KISS headlined Detroit’s Cobo Hall for the 1st time. A sellout crowd of 12,000 future KISStorians were treated to one of 72 dates on the Dressed To Kill tour. It was also the first of (5) shows that KISS recorded for what would become one of the greatest live albums ever, KISS ALIVE!
Rock photographer Fin Costello’s famous photo shoot also happened during this period that would be the source of the front cover and back covers of KISS Alive! Fin was a major contributor to Circus Magazine and other rock monthly mags if you recall.
Paul Stanley comments on the Cobo show and Detroit:
“This concert and the release of “Alive!” marked a pivotal giant step towards achieving domination in the 70’s. “Detroit Rock City” was written as a salute to the people who championed us as a headliner when others still saw us as an opening act. We can never forget them. We decided, that was the only place we would start the Reunion Tour.”
KnuckleBonz Created a statue set to capture this era of the band that has been SOLD OUT for some time. You can check out what you missed here.
If you are in the KISS Army, out latest statue set for Gene Simmon The Demon, Paul Stanley The Starchild, Ace Frehley The Spaceman and Peter Criss The Catman is from the Dynasty era and has just landed in our US warehouse to begin shipping. Order Here…No FoMO.
The Power of Album Art – 3D Vinyl Collector Series from KnuckleBonz®
The digital music firehose began to run at full force either side of the new millennium. With it came more choices and access to music of all kinds than ever. It was also the footsteps of doom, and the beginning of the end for perhaps the most precious aspect of new music buying. The experience of going to retail and flipping through new music releases on Vinyl and other formats. Can’t tell you the number of times super classic bands where discovered by first connecting with album art. KISS for sure was a buy-at-fist-sight based on the original black debut cover with the make-up on Gene Simmons “The Demon”, Paul Stanley “The Starchild”, Ace Frehley “The Spaceman”, and Peter Criss “The Cat.” Destroyer also was a call to arms for early soldiers of The KISS Army. It was perhaps the most valuable form of marketing and creating awareness for bands.
While the Vinyl format has seen a resurgence and has been the only growing aspect of the music business in recent years, it’s hard to imagine the reverence for music that we once had returning.
What we do here is Rock Hard! everyday to try to make sure music Superfans never have to be without that special feeling when seeing great performers or album art represented in fine arts collectibles. That’s the sole focus of the KnuckleBonz 3D Vinyl®, Rock Iconz and On Tour™ Collector Series.
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