On This Day In METAL History – May 19th… A Whole Lotta KISSTORY


KISS - Meets The Phantom Of The Park - promo flyer - 1978 - #051978KMO

As reported on the KISS Facebook:

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19th, 1978, KISS performed a free concert at Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, California to film the concert scenes for the “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.” The concert took place in the parking lot of Magic Mountain. Tickets were distributed through a California radio station and approximately 10,000 fans attended the show. KISS performed a full regular set list and then lip-synched “Love Gun” and “Shock Me” for the movie. Between the concert and filming the extra scenes, the shoot lasted several hours and the band members interacted with the crowd through out the event.

Paul on the concert and film shoot:

“I remember it all like it was yesterday. Doing a film and a concert in a band where some were barely speaking to each other and others not speaking at all was even weirder than the script! I still can’t figure out the end of the film.”

KISS meets the phantom of the park - promo movie flyer pic - 1978 - #33PC

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Stone Says: Man, was I ever thrilled to see this KISS movie when I was a kid. I didn’t care less about the cheesy nature of this entire movie, hell, it was KISS! I grew up on black & white television; therefore a KISS network film was a spectacle for me. It’s been (gulp) decades since I’ve watched this KISS film.

I marvel at how KISS had such an impact on Pop Culture back in the 70’s and have continued such impact to this day. In my Metal opinion, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are marketing geniuses. Really. Metal be thy name.

Kiss - Revenge - promo album cover pic - 1992 - #051992KESMO

On this day in KISSTORY – May 19, 1992, KISS released their sixteenth studio album: REVENGE. This was the first studio album to feature Eric Singer on drums. REVENGE was dedicated to the late and great Eric Carr and features the demo he played drums on: Carr Jam 1981. Alongside Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick was the lead guitarist on this album.

REVENGE debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and spent 23 weeks on the chart. In my Metal opinion, this was the best KISS studio album since 1982’s Creatures Of The Night. I absolutely love the song Domino, featuring Gene Simmons on lead vocals. I still have the cassette version of REVENGE. Yes, I did upgrade it to CD! Metal be thy name! – Stone

REVENGE – Track List:

Unholy / Take It Off / Tough Love / Spit / God Gave Rock & Roll to You II / Domino / Heart of Chrome / Thou Shalt Not / Every Time I Look At You / Paralyzed / I Just Wanna / Carr Jam 1981

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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One Response to “On This Day In METAL History – May 19th… A Whole Lotta KISSTORY”

  1. Rip, rip. Rip and destroy!

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