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 Cobo Hall 1976


                                                      Budokan 1977


                                           Houston - The Summit 1977


                                         Augusta, Ga. 1983 (I was there)


                                                       Budokan 1988


                            Alive 35 Tour - Greenville, S.C. 2009 (I was there)



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It's been 40 years since Kiss put on paint and changed the face of rock and roll

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KISS In Denmark 1980 (I was there)

I've found some footage of my first concert ever: KISS with Iron Maiden as support allmost 32 years ago!! This was the Iron Maiden with Paul D'ianno, Dennis Stratton and Clive Burr, the line-up from…Continue

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 7, 2013 at 7:31am

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview: Carol Kaye
Publicist recalls KISS being on top of the world in 1978, the promotional strategy for the solo albums and "a very special time" working at the Press Office

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Carol Kaye with Peppy Castro

KissFAQ: Carol, let's go back to 1978. You were on staff at Aucoin Management's publicity subsidiary the Press Office, correct?

Carol Kaye: That is correct.

KF: How long had you been on board at that point?

CK: Well, I started working directly at Aucoin Management in June 1977. I was just this young kid who didn't even know there was a music industry. When Bill hired me I remember he said "I have a feeling about you." You know, Bill continued to be my mentor and my inspiration and my very, very dear friend. And I always viewed Bill, in a way, like a big brother. As a matter of fact, I'm looking at a picture of him right now! There are so many times I go to pick up the phone to call him and get his advice on something that I'm working on. I still cannot bring myself to erase his phone number from my phone. But anyway, it was '77 when I started working at Aucoin Management. And in January 1978, I believe the Press Office launched and I moved over to the Press Office representing all of the Aucoin-managed bands, which were KISS, Starz, Toby Beau, and Piper (Billy Squier's) band. And then of course, the Press Office, being an independent PR company, represented many other artists such as Paul McCartney, Uriah Heep, Triumph, Blondie, the Ramones and many others.

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 7, 2013 at 7:30am

Back In The Solo Album Groove: The Year In Rock: 1978
KISS go solo and the rock genre erupts with a banner year

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"When I woke up/Mom and Dad were rolling on the couch/Rolling numbers, rock and rollin', got my KISS records out." -- Cheap Trick, "Surrender"

With the release of a greatest hits set and four band member solo albums, plenty of fans had their KISS records out in 1978. But it just so happens that 1978 wasn't just a big year for the Hottest Band in the World, it was a robust year for the entire rock genre. 

Following is a brief overview of 15 other notable rock albums released in 1978, followed by a condensed timeline culling notable news happenings in music. What are some of your favorite albums and notable moments from 1978? 

Journey, "Infinity"
Producer: Roy Thomas Baker
Released: Jan. 20. 1978
Peak position: No. 21

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 7, 2013 at 7:29am

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview John Cavazos

In an exclusive interview, member of the Citrus College Singers recollects his "first taste being in the big time" in the studio with Gene Simmons and a nerve-wracking experience with Cher 

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KissFAQ: John, you are one of the singers frof the Azusa Citrus College Choir on Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album. At that time, what year were you in at Citrus?

John Cavazos: I was in my last year there.

KF: And your major was music?

JC: It was music. It was a junior college and so I went on afterwards to Brooklyn College in New York after I moved there. And I'm actually now finishing up another degree. It's been a long journey for me because show business got in the way of my education.

KF: How many years were you at Citrus?

JC: I was there for three years. And the reason is because of the performing group, most of us who were in that group would stay for three years. There were lots of opportunities and doors that opened.

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 4, 2013 at 3:09pm

Back In The Solo Album Groove: Who's Who & What's What on the KISS Solo Albums

Ever wonder who the people are listed on the KISS solo album credit? Well, we've got a "Back In The Solo Album Groove" feature for that...

The 1978 KISS Solo Album Roll Call: From the obvious to the obscure, learn more about the diverse cast of talented musicians, studio wizards, and various industry locations and professionals who contributed to one of biggest milestones in KISStory. "Who's Who & What's What on the KISS solo albums delves into the minutiae of the credits. Each week we'll be adding entries from each of the solo albums to the guide. 

This week we debut the feature defining Ace Frehley's album notes.

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 3, 2013 at 3:08pm

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview: Richie Fontana
Drummer recalls the comfortable creative environment during the sessions for "Paul Stanley," and provides insight on the tracks he played on, memories of Sean Delaney and more

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KissFAQ: Richie, KISS fans will know you from Piper, a band that was also managed by Bill Aucoin. By the time KISS were working on their solo albums in 1978, had Piper disbanded?

Richie Fontana: Yeah, Piper had disbanded earlier that year. And right after that, after Piper broke up, I continued working for Billy Squier for the whole year that followed. Billy was working on his new material and so he kept me onboard with him. It was Billy and I and a couple of other guys. And we were recording demos of Billy's new material during that time. And right in the middle of all that, I got a call from the Aucoin office that Paul requested me to come down to Electric Lady to play.

KF: Did Paul play you any of the material? How did you first hear the songs?

RF: Actually, I first heard the songs -- I think the other guys too, Bob Kulick and Steve Buslowe, probably also -- when I walked into the studio to record them. I walked in, Paul was there [with] Bob Kulick [and] Steve Buslowe. We just sat around and Paul played the songs solo on guitar, just so we could hear them from top to bottom. And then we all plugged in, got on our instruments and we started to create the parts. And we just started running through some ideas of what to play where and all that. Everything was pretty much done on the spot. Once we had it together, we had a structure and an arrangement going for the basic track, they started rolling tape and we just started doing takes. And it was like bang! Just like that. 

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 3, 2013 at 3:07am

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview: Brendan Harkin

Guitarist recalls "one small credit" on Peter Criss' solo album, working with Sean Delaney and his tenure with Starz, and offers his perspective on how the solo albums affected Bill Aucoin


KissFAQ: Brendan, can you give us a snapshot of your musical career in 1978. What were you doing at the time?

Brendan Harkin: Well, I think it was right at the end of my time in Starz. I left the band after three albums, kind of burnt out from the road and everything. And that's when I just decided I was going to stay in New York, you know we were a New York City band, and just kind of try to make it as a workday guitar slinger, which I did. I did tons of recording sessions and all that stuff for years. The recording session scene started to dry up in New York around '82 or '83 and it was because of the advent of Linn drum machines. And so session work just kind of died. And what guys were doing was getting little 8-tracks and a couple of microphones and putting it in their apartment and [working that way]. So that's what I started doing. And that grew into a huge business for me and that's what I still do. I live in Nashville and I have a studio called Wildwood Recording. I still play all the time. I play on all the stuff I do. I do tons of mid-level records, lots of jazz stuff, lots of Southern gospel and contemporary Christian stuff, which is really big down here. I do very little country, although I do some. I used to do more when I first moved here 20 years ago but I don't do too much of that anymore. 

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 1, 2013 at 11:40am

Back In The Solo Album Groove: 1978 Timeline

As the "Alive II" era came to a close, 1978 opened with several major projects on the horizon that would ultimately change the trajectory of the "Hottest Band in the World..." This timeline runs January 1978 to April 1979. This timeline will be updated during the "Back in the Solo Album Groove" celebration. Get involved! If you have any Aucoin/KISS-related memos or timeline entries, corrections, clarifications, etc., that you'd like to contribute and share with your fellow fans - you'd be most welcome! Please
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 31, 2013 at 9:21pm

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview: Ben D. Bollinger
In an exclusive interview, founder of the Citrus College Singers details his involvement on Gene Simmons' 1978 album and recounts a "first-class" experience for his students

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Ben D. Bollinger

KissFAQ: Ben, you founded the Azusa Citrus College Singers in 1968. What was your purpose in founding the group?

Ben D. Bollinger: Well, when I started, I went to USC as an opera major and I left USC and I went to Ramona High School in Riverside for six years. And then I came to Citrus. And you have to remember Tim, I never ever ever touched a pop piece of music. I was all about classical music and opera. And I transferred to Citrus and I realized in building the program that I couldn't build it purely on a classical base. In other words, if we wanted to travel around the world and compete internationally, I had to find a way to raise money with these young people. And so we started doing a tremendous amount of Christmas concerts in all of the major venues in L.A. If you check any of the major venues from the clubs to the finest country clubs, the Citrus Singers did their Christmas show. So, to answer your question, we set out, of course, to create a great music department at Citrus College and ended up realizing we had to take some side trips along the way in order to fund and support that program.

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 30, 2013 at 10:51pm

Back In The Solo Album Groove Interview: Stephanie Tudor
Former Aucoin Management director of production recalls working with the "genius" Bill Aucoin and the buzz and excitement surrounding the 1978 KISS solo albums

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KissFAQ: Stephanie, you were with Aucoin Management from 1977-1986. Can you outline what your responsibilities entailed?

Stephanie Tudor: Sure. I was actually the director of production from 1980 through '86. When I first started in 1977, I believe I was 23 years old and I was working under the director of production, Ken Anderson, at the time. We were handling everything that had to do with the groups under Aucoin Management [from] a touring aspect. Ken was hiring the set designers and the costume designers and I was working with the road crew, making sure that everything was going according to plan out on the road, meaning travel and equipment getting to all the different points at the right times and the right places. As you can imagine, a huge show involves many aspects. There are pyrotechnics, there's blood, there are costumes, there are huge stage sets. And that company traveling around the world for a good part of the year, it was quite a big endeavor. So we used to handle all of that. After Ken left a few years after that, I then became director of production, although there was a little change in the job. I was not a set designer as Ken was but I still handled all of the day-to-day production for the group, overseeing what was going out on the road as far as working with the road crews, again all the travel, taking on all the liner notes, booking all the studio time, and working with the producers and engineers for all of the Aucoin acts, other than KISS. 

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Comment by RJhog (Admin) on July 29, 2013 at 10:35pm is celebrating the 1978 solo albums and their 35th Anniversary with interviews and articles relating to the solo albums.  They started today.  I'm not sure how long they will run, but I'll try to link the articles here each day.  Below is the first one with the artist that painted the murals that came with the albums.  It's a great read and there is some awesome early artwork included.  Just click the link at the bottom of the post and read the full article.  

Also, the comment below that is a 60 second radio spot for the solo albums.  So cool.


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