Kiss: Kissology Volume II 1978-1991
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The second installment of the Kissology series - Kissology Vol 2 1978-1991- follows in the the incredible success of the #1 Kissology Vol 1 1974-1977 - now 5 X Platinum! Vol 2 continues where Vol 1 leaves off - with KISS on route to becoming one of the biggest concert draws in the world. This second volume contains brilliantly restored concert footage, television appearances - all chronicling KISS_Emeteoric rise to world domination. Vol 2 features the band's now legendary ''Unmasking'' on MTV, line up changes, and for the first time on - the previously never before seen European theatrical version of their 1978 film ''Kiss In Attack Of The Phantom!'' Complete with scenes not seen by U.S. audiences (in the NBC-TV version) as well as more original KISS music.
KISS have always had an approach to their fans that on the one hand could be seen as ridiculously crass and on the other as truly generous. And this release, with its three expertly mastered and crammed DVDs--issued with three separate bonus discs--could easily support either view. The second installment in KISS's Kissology DVD series will sort out the casual fans from the true members of the KISS Army. The material included here, after all, begins in 1978, when the band released four separate solo albums at once and their massive popularity began to wane. It continues on through the controversial makeup-free period and ends in '91, as KISS struggled to cope with the ascendancy of grunge over the hair metal style they'd experienced a second boom with. The concert films are pretty great, but the full-length Tom Snyder Tomorrow show appearance is flat-out brilliant, as is their live performance on the short-lived sketch comedy show Fridays. And the highlight of the set has to be the "European theatrical version" of their made-for-TV film KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. All those who've suffered through poorly degenerated video bootlegs will glory at this wonderfully restored piece of rock and roll camp. --Mike McGonigal
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Vol 2: is the Rise and Fall of KISS - that Rock N Roll iconic perfect pop-culture super hero/monster mix of mythic power and mystery. This is the bloody part. KISS builds so big and so fast it explodes.
A lot of drama. A lot of very talented people facing surreal life problems because nothing like this had ever happened to anyone, any artist/musician in pop-culture before. They had no one to tell them what to do because this had never happened to anyone before. Anyone who had lived to tell about it.
The bloody, gory details of the fight of Peter - one of the most powerful rock drummers ever, hitting the wall that many creative people face - self doubt and self crisis. He fights and looses. He walks away from the burning white spot light. Very sad.
Ace Freely, one of the best rock guitar players in the world, battles on a time longer, but also, he cannot keep up for unending demands of ever changing pop-culture - the long haul. He steps down from the ultra bright stage.
Who could? No rock band has ever gone as high as KISS (or as close) and lasted the ultimate test - the test if TIME. Times change. The public who bought records changed, the public bought 8 tracks, then they bought cassettes, next would be... no one knew.
Then new talent came in. An amazing, handsomely cute, talented new drummer who took on the extremely powerful persona of "The Fox" - an iconic creature of vast mythological and legendary importance in many cultures. The fabled trickster in Asian and Native American tales. Perfect! Wow! What a great companion/replacement for "The Cat" - also steeped deeply in mythic meaning. Eric Carr was young , fresh, very talented, and brought a new rebirth to the band. KISS was still the best thing on stage ever seen. Gone were dark and dangerous concerts reeking of urban legends of the Alice Cooper Nightmare shock-rocking 70's, but this brighter, pop-rock worked too. (and no one can stay angry teen-agers forever).
The heart and soul of the band were Gene and Paul. Their talent and love for the band was there. They were & are the King and Queen of the Night Time World.
However, Disaster is faster then people, and it caught up with KISS. They lost Eric Carr in a terrible turn of an unlucky card. Unfair and heart breaking.
They lost Ace. A long time coming, and finally a choice was made.
Gene was lured away by the glamor of Hollywood, which wanted him so badly, it took him away with his weakness for power and sex - seduced him away from his first love: Rock n' Roll.
So, Thank the Rock Gods on their high mountain peaks and bottomless hell-fire pits, they gave Paul Stanley the self strength to look in the mirror at an older man, and tell himself that "I believe in me." And, Paul would not let KISS die. Paul saved KISS.
America, (except for the hard core KISS fans), lost their love for their the Rock n' Roll anti-heroes. But other parts of the world had just discovered them. Vinnie Vincent stepped into the boots that every boy in the 70's wanted to wear, and, even though he was an incredible musical talent, he somehow blew it. He Screwed-up the greatest rock n roll gig in the universe that was handed to him on a golden platter. This is a warning to all young talent out there -"You are you own worst enemy!".
Bruce came in and helped save the band with his stoic, calm, power and talent and good looks and good natured vibe that no craziness could shake. Just what KISS needed right then.
Vol 2. finishes on a high note - one that is well needed, and deserved, after you dear viewer, watch and listen to Paul and Gene's own "Dante's Inferno (disambiguation) the allegory telling of the journey of Dante's trip through the 7 rings of Hell", to finally make it out to Paradiso. So do they: as KISS, make it through.
Let us hope Vol 3. Tells a more up lifting tale...
The history on much of this DVD material is as follows. Kiss ex-manager Bill Aucoin had all the Kiss stuff in a big warehouse. Circa 1987, for reasons personal, he needed money, and speaking with Ace, offered it all for $100,000. Ace didn't want it, and since he was not particularly fond of Gene and Paul, he didn't mention it to them. Enter two fans that met Ace, Al and Gary. They mortgaged a house, paid Aucoin, rented two tractor trailers, and picked up all the stuff. They then hosted numerous killer Kiss conventions. THAT's the source of all the copies of the material on this DVD, which was eventually copied ad nauseum. Well, Gene & Paul eventually found out, had the cops raid an Al/Gary convention, and confiscated everything as "stolen merchandise". Kiss then sponsored it's own conventions, ultimately auctioned all the costumes, and have now funneled the video stuff to be included in Kissology DVD's. THAT's why this material is not new to real fans.
So, anyway, the actual material. The upside is, you get a first generation, clean copy, of some really great Kiss video. The downside,
there are some NASTY cuts. Land Of Hype And Glory is only an excerpt. Too bad cause it was a great show. But the biggest SIN, is that the Tom Snyder show appearance is CUT IN HALF. Any fan will tell you that the single most entertaining piece of Kiss video is the Tom Syder show. This is the one video that even non-Kiss fans appreciate. Ace is a riot! He was drunk and tripping, laughing hysterically, abducted Tom's mascot teddy bear, and put his costume pieces on the bear. Hilarious, but you won't see it, cause it's in the half they cut. It's confounding. So, if you're a big fan, yes this is a great DVD, but don't think you can toss your old VHS bootlegs. Sadly, not yet.
Visually, Kiss can't be topped. Historically, they saw Alice Cooper in 72 and said "If one guy in makeup is this big, what if all four of us wore makeup". Kiss pioneered flames, explosions, and moving stage pieces. Today, these things are staples with metal bands and the like, but Kiss literally started it. In the early days, Kiss were quite the underground cult band. Greasepaint, leather, and flames, wrapped in mystery. Nobody knew their true identity for several years. The teenybopper stuff only started with the Destroyer tour in 76.
Musically, nobody does straight ahead hard rock better than Kiss. I'm not talking metal, or thrash, but plain old crunchy driving hard rock.
And another thing, attitudinally, Gene and Paul were always in one camp, and Ace & Peter in another. Historically, the two camps always fought, and both sides had valid points. Originally each band member contractually "owned a letter" in KISS. Eventually, Ace & Peter sold their letters to Gene and Paul. First Peter, which left Ace to be out-voted on band conflicts, eventually causing Ace to quit as well. Since then, Gene & Paul have been petty about making sure they get majority coverage, and looking best, in everything Kiss, marginalizing Ace & Peter, and sometimes showing them in unfavorable light. I love KISS, all of the original four (and Eric, he's earned it), but I sure wish Gene & Paul could check their ego some, and represent the whole band equally, for the sake of the fans. Gene! Paul! The real fans know the score. And we talk about it. There's a consensus. We want you guys to all play nice, get along, and share the spotlight equally. Ya, Ace & Peter have issues, but so do you. Kiss is too good to be sullied by petty infighting, egos, money, and other BS.
KISS ROCKS !
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