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 travel, time off of work, and lots on expense (lots of expense).
Obtaining real and authentic signed anything by the four original members is always an time consuming 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 collection, it’s the original four, that I choose to build as the base of my collection.
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.
Finally, a fully signed color 8X10 photograph.
My 8 fully signed KISS albums.
So much travel, expense and very hard work that it took to obtain.
GENE SIMMONS VAULT EXPERIENCE:
LOS ANGELES and LAS VEGAS
The following images and autographs are from The Gene Simmons Vault Experience
on Saturday January 6, 2018 at Capitol Records in Los Angeles
and from May 26, 2018 in Las Vegas.
ONCE, was just not enough………………..
Gene Simmons, myself and a batch of vaults at Capitol Records in Hollywood
on January 6, 2018 for the release of his signed “Vault”, Gene signed about 9 autographs for me that day including a full and private “Meet and Greet” and photo.
The above photos are the only two individual photographs that I have
in my collection signed by Paul Stanley.
(obtained from the KISSWHEREHOUSE website)
The above 3 non make-up images of Ace Frehely were pre-signed and sold
at the merchandise booth at The Belly Up in Solana Beach on August 9, 2018.
Collecting autographs need not be made to be even harder as shown by the above 6 signed photographs. Each photo of Ace Frehely was photographed between 2015 and 2018, then signed by Ace at The Greek Theater on August 12, 2018.
Thus requiring two encounters to “complete” each item of the Spaceman.
Though its a paid Meet and Greet or convention, Ace Frehley is extremely kind and generous at his signings, often signing more than just his name………………
He also at times sells pre-signed photographs at his concerts. I cannot say enough kind words for the Ace Frehely TEAM that coordinates his Meet and Greets. They allow usually up to 5 items signed and diligently care greatly that a clear and proper photogtraph is taken of you with Ace and that your experience is a reasonably fulfilled one.
John Ostrosky (Ace’s Tour Manager) does an excellent job at making sure the fans indeed get their money’s worth.
The above two autographs are signed pages from a KISS Tour Book
and where autographed by Ace Frehley at The Greek Theater on August 12, 2018.
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,
The Texas Frightmare Weekend convention, Dallas on Friday April 29, 2016,
KISS Expo at the Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, 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.
Sold directly from the Gene Simmons catalog in 1994
and for a price of $1500.00, is the custom PUNISHER, signed bass guitar.
Autographed page from the 1996/1997 World Tour program
signed by Gene Simmons at KLOS Radio on May 29, 2009.
Autographed promo photo signed by Gene Simmons at KLOS Radio in 1996.
Both of the two above concert pages were signed by Gene Simmons at the
very first “Vault Experience” on 2018, on January 6th at Capitol Records in Hollywood.
Both of the above very rare Psycho Circus posters were sold (unsigned) only at the October 31, 1998 Dodger Stadium performance.
I took me 3 years and 4 states to finally complete all 4 signatures on both posters. To date, I have never seen anyone else or any where else having these posters fully autographed.
I am complemented constantly about having these signed posters in my collection.
Autographed “Bronx Boy” solo Ace Frehley album,
signed at The Belly Up in Solana Beach, August 10, 2018.
Signed drumhead by Ace Frehely, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley,
Ordered and shipped through their online website.
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:
–AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS BY THE MEMBERS OF KISS–
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 had met each of the 4 original members of this legendary band, (and the Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer versions).
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!
FULLY SIGNED INNER POSTER TOUR BOOK PAGE
It took several years, with travel to multiple states, attending quite a few
conventions and “Meet and Greet’s”, but perseverance does pay off.
Fully signed inner poster sleeve from the 1997 KISS Tour Book.
Though these signatures came with a prepaid price, I still feel incredibly lucky to have met each of the members of this legendary band, get to speak with them, and receive the signed memorabilia you see on this page.
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!