I really enjoy the music of KISS. I have seen them as far back as “The Love Gun” tour in the summer of 1977 at The Fabulous Forum, in Inglewood, California.
For me, it has been really hard to obtain any real quantity of signatures for this band without attending autograph conventions, in store signings and “meet and greets” – all of which require investing a great deal of very expensive personal time and travel.
Obtaining real and authentic signed anything by the four original members is always an expensive adventure. But, with luck, the result can be a very rare and complete collectable.
Though there have been several line-up changes to this band over the years, resulting in a group of very good musicians who are a pleasure to see in concert, for this page and this portion of my museum, it’s the original four, and only those four, that I collect:
Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss and Gene Simmons
It took four years and four states to collect all four signatures on this signed 8x10.
The 1976 Rock and Roll Over LP, fully signed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. I am so, so, very proud of this signed item and piece of such historic KISS memorabilia.
The following autographed items of memorabilia, as well as other items on this page, were all signed in person by Peter Criss at Mad Monster Party convention in Phoenix on May 9, 2015, at The Texas Frightmare Weekend convention in Dallas on Friday April 29, 2016, and in Los Angeles at the KISS Expo at the Raleigh Studios on January 28, 2017.
THUS FAR, these three times are the onIy times I have met Peter Criss.
On each of the three occasions, Peter was especially so very friendly, warming to all his fans, and took time to personally express his love, sincere thanks, and admiration for all who came out to see him and purchase signed items of memorabilia. Both he and his beautiful wife Gigi as well as his his team, were simply as nice and as kind as can be as they greeted each fan individually.
TOWER RECORDS ON THE SUNSET STRIP- Punisher Guitar Signing
The first time I ever had the pleasure to officially meet Gene Simmons at an In Store public signing. Previous to that, was only a few brief encounters at KLOS Radio and the parking lot of the same Tower Records.
For a price of $1,500.00, a spot at the front of a very, very long line, and, one other item of your choice autographed autographed (which was the photo on the right), I was able to purchase and received signed the above Signature Axe Bass, directly from Gene Simmons. It would be a taste, of much more expensive and much more detailed Meet and Greets, to eventually happen.
Complete set of the 4 individual 1978 KISS solo LP’s,
each fully signed.
PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS:
Both autographed in Tucson, Az., AVA Casino Del Sol Amphitheater concert,
prior to “Meet and Greet”, on July 4, 2016.
Autographed at the “TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND” convention in Dallas, TX,
on April 29, 2016.
Autographed at the “ALL THINGS THAT ROCK” Expo in Oaks, PA,
on October 3, 2015.
In addition to the above 4 autographed solo albums,
the following signed albums I obtained are also now part of my collection:
The above Paul Stanley and Peter Criss books were both purchased, fully signed, from their individual websites in October of 2015. This is clearly yet another example of a celebrity (major celebrity in this case) embracing today’s technology and providing a direct, safe, and friendly means for fans to collect their autograph on a terrific piece of memorabilia,
no matter where the fan may live.
This is a win/win for both the Rock Star Celebrity and the collecting fan
that eliminates the need for any Hollywood style street chasing,
jumping out of the bushes or following their family all over town.
Gene Simmons signed SEX MONEY KISS, at Borders Books in Northridge,
on June 30, 2003.
Signed copy of Ladies Of The Night by Gene Simmons autographed at Borders
in Westwood on July 9, 2008.
Signed copy of Kompendium at The Grove in Los Angeles on February 8, 2010.
Ace Frehley signed copy of No Regrets, signed in New York City on November 3, 2011
and ordered via the Barnes and Noble book store directly.
Signed by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, their “AUCTION” catalog held at The Paramount Studios Theatre in Hollywood on June 24th/25th, 2000. Everyone who registered for the auction received a signed catalog lot book. This one was my copy. Up for bid were costumes, stage equipment, props, drawings and lyrics, instruments, tour itineraries, and so much more (much dating back to the very early 1970’s). Needless to say at the prices all the items were going for, even the cheap items were something I just could not afford.
THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THREE YEARS and THREE STATES.
It took me 3 years and 3 different trips to the states of Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Oregon to get this 1996/1997 Tour Book fully signed by each member. This is an amazing signed collectable of extreme rare KISS memorabilia.
EVERY KISS FAN’S WILDEST DREAM BACK IN 1977, COMMING TRUE
Finally, on July 4th, 2016, I can say that I meet in person, each member of the band KISS. Though not the band that they were in the 1970’s, with the meeting of Paul on this day, I now through different dates and Meet and Greets and conventions, I had met each of the 4 original members of this legendary band.
Both of the above images were part of the KISS 2016 “Freedom Of Rock Tour”, during the “Meet and Greet’s” at Tucson, Arizona, on July 4, 2016 (me only) and in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016, (me and my wife). The guys provided a pre-concert/mini concert, photo ops, and signed a ton of personal memorabilia. It was indeed a dream fulfilled!