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Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:50:37 PM
This cool Ace Frehley art, by Per Thomas, was included in an article "Does Classic Rock?," in Bremen, Germany newspaper "Weser Kurier" on January, 28. Thanks to Juern Schulze for sharing it with us!
Eric Carr Gulliver's Fire 1974 Press
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:49:28 PM
Most fans know that Eric Carr survived a fire in a club where one of his pre-Kiss bands was playing, but two band members perished. Here are transcriptions of three articles about the incident...
Discotheque Fire Kills 24 Persons (AP)
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Fire and thick smoke swept a swinging discotheque jammed with young merrymakers from the affluent Weschester and Connecticut communities early Sunday, killing 24 of them. Medical authorities said 11 women and 13 men all died of smoke inhalation. Intense heat burned their bodies after death which came "within minutes, sometimes within seconds," they said.
The number of injured in the inderno at Gulliver's Resturant could not be accurately determined, but five were treated at United Hospital here, and 22 at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. Fifteen were admitted, all for smoke inhalation. Rescue workers said about two score more were treated on the scene or at hospitals for light eases of smoke inhalation. Alfred DelBello, Westchester County Executive, called the fire "one of the worst tragedies in the history of the county." He ordered a full investigation. "If there are criminal aspects to this tragedy, we will send it to the grand jury and we will prosecute," Dist. Atty. Carl Vergari said.
A rock group called the Creation was blaring away in the laughter-filled, dimly-lit room on the Boston Post Road at the New York-Connecticut border when the first wisps of acrid smelling smoke drifted in. The leader, John Henderson, said he did not smell the smoke but "we were told to give an announcement that there was a fire nearby and not to get excited. "We told them there was no danger and to leave calmly." Drummer Paul Carvello said "people were about half way up the stairs when the lights went out and there was lots of smoke. That's when the panic started."
Gulliver's was built on a split-level plan. Organist Damon DeSeis and lead singer George Clark stayed behind trying to calm the crowd. It was not known whether they escaped. One body was found on the bandstand. Besides the main exit, there were two fire doors and a way out through the kitchen. "All of a sudden," said Judy Geralla, 18, of Bridgeport, Conn., "the lights went out and everybody started coughing and going lo the exit." Joe Parsons, Jr., of Stamford, Stamford, Conn., a part-time worker at discotechque, said "in the beginning there was no panic, but then the place filled up with smoke and everyone became disoriented."
"The place was packed because there were a lot of people home from college," Parsons said. "People were screaming and running all around the place," one fireman said. "When the men hit the dance floor the bodies were there — one of meb men fell over one." Mayor Joseph Dzaluk of Port Chester, which has a population of about 25,000, said the building was reccntly inspected and found to be free of violations. He said the restaurant burned down once before when it was known as Lucy's and was damaged by fire when it was known as the OPG Diner.
Vergari said his daughter described Gulliver's as "one of the elite places in Westchester." There is a $2 cover charge on Saturdays. Drink prices range from $1.25 for beer to $2 for scotch at a table. According to Dzaluk, "the band leader advised people on the dance floor that they had better leave when he noticed a little smoke. However, the crowd did not leave until the smoke got more intense and he began shouting for everyone to move out immediately."
They did as the vanguard of 300 firemen poured in to fight the blaze. "We have no occupancy law per se," said Port Chester Fire Chief Vincent Rathgeb. "It is usually left up to common sense. The owners have been very good in the past in making sure the place is not overcrowded." Both officials said the fire exits were operable. The firemen poured 18 inches of water into the discotheque before the blaze was brought under control at about 5 a.m. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined by preliminary investigation, but fire officials speculated that it started in the basement area of The Clothes Post, a men's store in the same building. The Clothes Post was completely destroyed and a neighboring bowling alley heavily damaged. The first smoke, firemen said, was probably sucked into Gulliver's through the air-conditioning system.
24 dead in 'Singles Bar' fire (New York Times)
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Suffocating smoke from a flash fire trapped and killed 24 panic-stricken young patrons and employees of a singles bar aside the New York-Connecticut border early this morning.
More than 100 men and women in their late teens or early 20's were dancing to the soul-rock music of the Creations at Gulliver's on the outskirts of this city when the leader stopped the music to announce that there was a small fire. Within minutes, the survivors said, the sunken dance floor, called "The Pit," was a turmoil of thick black smoke and screaming, terror-stricken people. The narrow stairway to the exit was suddenly packed with people clawing one another for air.
Most of the 24 bodies were found at the foot of the stairs leading from the dance door to the exit, atop one another. Others were scattered around the dance floor, the last charred among the twisted instruments of the rock band. Dr. Henry Siegel. the Westchcster County medical examiner, said that 11 of the victims were female and 13 male. All but one or two, he said, appeared to be between the ages of 18 and 25. All died of carbon monoxide poisoning but most were subsequently burned, making identification difficult.
In addition lo the dead 17 patrons and 10 firemen were treated at United Hospital in Port Chester and Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut for smoke inhalation, minor burns and bruises. Of the 17 who remained hospitalized, all were listed in satisfactory condition. The band playing last night, The Creation, was formerly called Salt and Pepper because it has both black and white players. Patrons said it was a good-humor night, not quite as crowded as usual. Joe Parsons Jr., a 20-year-old Mason's helper who worked as a part-time bouncer, remembered that the first hint of trouble came when the band stopped playing. It was shortly before 1 a.m. "We were told to give an announcement that there was a fire nearby and not to get excited," said John Henderson, the band leader. "We told them there was no danger and to leave calmly."
Debbie Quick, 21, of Greenwich, had stopped in for a while and was standing near the stairs to the exit. "The band announced there was a small fire and lo keep calm," she recalled. "Then Henry Fondu (one of the operators of the bar) told everybody to leave quietly." AUTHORITIES were not sure where the fire started, but said it appeared that the flash point was somewhere near the wall separating the bar and Bowling alley, under the bandstand. It appeared that the air-conditioner carried the first wisps of smoke.
Two Greenwich policemen investigating a burglary at a store across the parking lot saw smoke and called in an alarm. The Greenwich Fire Department received the alarm at 1:01 a.m. and after the first truck arrived relayed it to the Port Chester Fire Department, which received an alarm at 1:15 a.m. The entrance to Gulliver's is in Connecticut, but most of Ihe building is in Weschester County.
Those inside recalled that patrons started moving camly toward the exit leading to the parking lot, but progress was slow because at most they could go up only three abreast, Judy Geralla. 18, of Bridgeport, was near the stairs. "All of a sudden, the lights went out and everybody started coughing and going to the exit." The lawyer for the operators said that "the electricity was in operation and stayed on after the fire started," but several other patrons also remember a blackout.
Miss Quick was going up the stairs when the panic started. "All of a sudden, everybody was running and screaming," she said. "All you could see was smoke. I got knocked down, I got up. I got knocked down again. There were girls lying all over the place. I don't know how I got out" IN THE turmoil on the dance door beyond the stairs, Damon Deseis, the organist for Tne Creation, and George Clark, the lead singer, were trying lo quiet the crowd. They are still missing.
Mrs. Karen Murzullo. 23, had gone to the club with her brother, Thomas Burke 3rd, and his date, still unidentified. The couple was dancing when the fire broke out. while Mrs. Murzullo waited near the stairs. "There were over 100 people down there," she said. "There was smoke and the band stopped playing." She went quickly up the stairs and out to the parking lot. "Fifteen seconds after we got out, black, hideous smoke came out," she said. In the ensuing minutes, fire trucks and disaster equipment rolled up from Greenwich, Port Chester and surrounding towns.
"When I got here, thisplace was littered with people on the ground," said the Port Chester fire chief, Vincent Halligob. "I didn't know whether they were alive or dead." Firemen tried to go into the front entrance, but were driven back by intense heat. LT. Patrick Gordiski of the Port Chester Fire Department, went with his men along the catwalk at the back of the building. "You couldn't see a foot in front of you," he said. "I pulled one guy out of the fire door and another was on the catwalk. Those are the only two I saw. There was no way of getting inside with the fire."
Lead Singer Discotheque Fire Victim (UPI)
The lead singer with the rock group, The "Creations" has been identtified as the 24th and final victim of last Sunday's flash fire at Gulliver's discotheque in Port Chester, NY. The Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office announced Thursday that George D. Chase, 25, of the Bronx, was positively identified after his fingerprints were flown in from Albany for examination by medical technicians.
Chase was the lead vocalist with "Creations," the rock band that was playing at the discotheque on the morning of he fire. The group's organist. Damon DeFeis, also died in the blaze. Meanwhile, investigators from the county district attorney's office and the Port Chester Fire Department were forced to halt their probe Thursday as they waited for a crane to remove heavy debris tanging perilously over the area where the blaze may have started. The investigation was expected to resume sometime today.
Happy birthday Paul!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:03:59 AM
The KissFAQ wishes Paul Stanley a very happy birthday!
KissFAQ being "Wiki-fied"
Friday, January 16, 2009 5:06:40 AM
Guess it's better than being "Elder-fied." he KISSFAQ has embarked on finally getting up-to-date many pages within that have been neglected. More importantly, the Tourdate Archive is being massively developed, in conjunction with an ambitious project: In Your Face/In Your Head should tease and be of interest to those who want to see/hear Kiss' historic performances. This new feature looks at the audio live recordings (and some video) known to exist, though not necessarily circulate, and presents samples of that material for your enjoyment or trading planning. The ultimate object of this project is to have samples of every known archived show available for fans to see/hear. AND more, such as contemporary reviews of the shows the recordings are from, gig flyers, tape lineages, etc.
In addition, the KissFAQ wiki is back, something else I regretted getting rid of due to the issues of performance faced with the previous webhost (it did exist previously, but few noticed it). I'll be working on getting much of the KissFAQ book/site up there as it's going to become the primary KissFAQ Content Management System (CMS). The primary tool for using K-WIKI is going to be the SEARCH function. Anonymous posting is currently disabled. CSS design isn't done (actually, it isn't stated yet), so I'll be using the boring default one for now. Check it out, HERE.
While it'll be an on-going process, there's a ton of content already added, lots of which isn't already a part of the KissFAQ.
Original version of "King Of The Night Time World" surfaces...
Thursday, January 08, 2009 4:45:21 AM
Former Hollywood Stars guitarist Ruben de Fuentes has streamed the original version of "King Of The Night Time World" on his website. I'd previously written: "The song was originally a piece written by Kim Fowley and Mark Anthony, manager and guitarist/vocalist, respectively, in the band The Hollywood Stars. Mark allowed the song to be placed with KISS and the resulting money helped him keep his own band going. This connection with Ezrin had also resulted in the placement of another song with Alice Cooper" (KISS & Related Recordings Focus/Rock And Roll All Nite: The Music of Kiss). I'd also searched without success for a live recording of the original version, but now with the studio cut streaming, that's no longer necessary! It's obvious that quite alot of work was done to the song, by Paul and Bob Ezrin to turn it into the highly recognizable Kiss song.
King Of The Night Time World (Hollywood Stars, 1974/5)
Monday, January 05, 2009 9:49:38 PM
Ace has debuted the artwork for his forthcoming album, "Anomaly."
Gene Simmons in "Space Chimps"
Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:29:51 PM
I missed this in last year's animated movie from 20th Century Fox. A brief glimpse of Gene Simmons. Click on the image to view...
Happy New Year!
Thursday, January 01, 2009 4:45:04 AM
The KISSFAQ wishes everyone a very Happy New Year. Kiss fans have much to be hopeful for. 2009 should see new studio albums from Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick, and possibly even Kiss. ESP will be touring Europe. And in the world of Kiss, anything and everything is possible!. The KISSFAQ will certainly be busy, updating numerous sections and adding even more information and features to the site!
ESP Touring Europe
Thursday, January 01, 2009 4:45:04 AM
ESP, featuring Eric Singer, John Corabi, Chuck Garric, and Bruce Kulick, will be touring Europe during Febuary. Dates currently include:
02/06/09 - Fritz Walter Stadion, Halle Nordtribühne, Kaiserslautern, Germany
02/07/09 - Brauerei Ganther, Freiburg, Germany
02/08/09 - Chill Da Halle, Oberhausen, Germany
02/09/09 - The Nieuwe Pul, Uden, Holland
02/10/09 - Retro Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
02/13/09 - New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
02/14/09 - Rock Planet Club, Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
02/16/09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
02/17/09 - Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
02/18/09 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
02/20/09 - Garage Club, Bergen, Norway
02/21/09 - Glassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
02/22/09 - Nosturi Club, Helsinki, Finland
"Kissology" To Be Released in Japan
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 1:03:07 PM
The "Kissology" collections will be released in Japan on March 18 in a variety of formats via SONY/DefSTAR:
Kissology Vol. 1 (DefSTAR Records DFBP-33) ¥4,935 2DVD Set
Kissology Vol. 2 (DefSTAR Records DFBP-35) ¥5,460 3DVD Set
Kissology Vol. 3 (DefSTAR Records DFBP-38) ¥5,985 4DVD Set
Kissology "A" Collection (DefSTAR Records DFBP-42 ¥26,250 18DVD Set
Includes the "Coventry" DVD and all nine bonus DVDs. According to CD Japan: "Japan-original release from KISS featuring their footage from 1974 to 2000. Limtied edition A (subject to change) includes 9 DVDs featuring "KISSOLOGY Vol. 1," "KISSOLOGY Vol.2," and "KISSOLOGY Vol.3" plus nine bonus CDs. Box is pop-out book specifications featuring the stage of their Budokan live in 1977. Also includes special booklet and artist T-shirt in 1977."
Kissology "B" Collection (DefSTAR Records DFBP-21) ¥15,750 12DVD Set
Includes the "Coventry" DVD and NO bonus DVDs. According to CD Japan: "Japan-original release from KISS featuring their footage from 1974 to 2000. Limtied edition B (subject to change) includes 9 DVDs featuring "KISSOLOGY Vol. 1," "KISSOLOGY Vol.2," and "KISSOLOGY Vol.3" plus three bonus CDs. Also includes original DVD container."
DVDs will be Region 2 coded (Japan, Europe, Middle East, and South Africa only).
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