Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are publishing the latest in a growing line of Kiss memoirs, with the August 20th release of Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75). 2012 saw the release of Ace Frehley's memoir, No Regrets and Peter Criss' own autobiography, Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss -- as well as the announcement that Paul Stanley would finally publish his side of the story -- after publicly stating for years that he loathed autobiographies. Gene Simmons published his own autobiography, Kiss And Make-Up in 2002.
The press release for Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75), co-written with Ken Sharp states: "the 544-page hardcover draws on more than 200 interviews, offering a captivating and intimate fly-on-the-wall account of their launch, charting the struggles and ultimate victories that led them to the threshold of super-stardom. Constructed as an oral history, the book includes original interviews with Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time."
- In addition to chats with late Kiss manager Bill Aucoin, and Casablanca Records late founder Neil Bogart; the book includes testimony from Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, members of Aerosmith, Rush, Styx, Slade, Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls, the Ramones, and many more.
- Although neither Ace Frehley or Peter Criss perform or tour with the band, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have chosen to have the rest of the current Kiss lineup -- guitarist Tommy Thayer and longtime drummer Eric Singer -- dress up as Frehley and Criss' respective "spaceman" and "catman" personas.
We asked Simmons what it feels like to turn around and see the spitting image of his former bandmates -- yet it's someone else: "Y'know, we still have a tug of the heart. It's like your drunken dysfunctional father who was a bum and you finally had to get rid of him -- but you still remember the beginning when he was a good dad. Ace and Peter are beloved, as they should be, for the beginning. For helping launch the band -- if you don't mind me saying so -- that changed the face of rock 'n roll, literally and figuratively speaking. But equally as important part of the beginning of Kiss, it's also important to know that with them in the band today, Kiss wouldn't be around."
- Out now is Kiss' 20th album, Monster. The collection, which is the Kiss' first original studio set since 2009's Sonic Boom, is the second to feature their latest lineup of Gene Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley on rhythm guitar, Eric Singer on drums, and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. Also, like Sonic Boom, Monster features no songs from outside writers.
- As with Sonic Boom, production duties were handled by Stanley and Greg Collins. Collins is best known for his mixing and engineering work for such artists as U2, No Doubt, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
DID YOU KNOW???
- Although big sellers throughout the second half of the '70s, during Kiss' classic period, they never scored higher than Number Four on the album charts.
- Their 1975 breakthrough album, Alive, topped out at Number Nine; its 1976 followup, Destroyer, just missed the Top Ten hitting Number 11; Rock And Roll Over from that same year also peaked at Number 11; 1977's Love Gun hit Number Four; that year's live set Alive II went to Number Seven; and 1979's Dynasty ended their '70s Top Ten run when it hit Number Nine.
- It took Kiss 13 years until they hit the Top 10 again with 1992's Revenge.
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss on January 31st, 1975 at San Francisco's Winterland performing "Cold Gin":
Gene Simmons On Ace Frehley And Peter Criss