WHO'S WHO & WHAT'S WHAT IN KISSTORY



Important people, places, and other "things" in KISStory!

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10th East 23rd Street
· The address of the loft Gene and Paul rented to use for rehearsal space for the new incarnation of Wicked Lester which they were planning in mid-1972. The auditions for a lead guitarist were held there in January 1973.
30 Años De Musica Rock
· A special Mexican repackaging of popular albums by many artists released in 1984 by Salvat. The KISS album used "Rock And Roll Over" with a Creatures Of The Night era photograph for the cover. A biography in Spanish was provided on the back cover. This album is one of the highly collectibe records with different covers, and can sometimes be seen offered for $350!
707
· The band in the early 1980's which featured Tod Howarth on Keyboards, Vocals, and Guitar. 707 recorded one unreleased album, The Bridge for Casablanca in 1981, before switching to Neil Bogart's post-Casablanca record label Boardwalk to release their 1982 album "Megaforce". This album features a song called "Megaforce" which Tod later rewrote for Ace Frehley's 1988 album, "Calling To You". 707 have two earlier albums on Casablanca which do not feature Tod.



A

A Taste Of Platinum
· The name of a special 4 track promotional sampler issued in support of Double Platinum in March 1978.
A&C Memorabilia
· Eric Carr's parents merchandise store which has also been a website.
A&R Studios
· Recording studios in New York where some of Music From “The Elder” was recorded...
Ace Frehley Band, The
· Ace's second post-KISS band, which has gone through numerous lineup changes. No material by this band has been officially released though they did record studio demos in 1995, one of which, "Take Me To The City", would later be cleaned up and included on the Ace Frehley Tribute album "Spacewalk".
Ace In The Hole Studios
· Ace’s personal studio located in his home in Connecticut. Parts of Music From “The Elder” were recorded there.
Ackerson, Shelley
· Friend of Peter's who worked at Record Plant Studios, NY, recording commercial jingles. He often provided Peter with work to help him make ends meet.
Acrobat
· An early KISS song written by Ace and Gene, which was comprised of two sections, "Love Theme From KISS" and "Much Too Young, which was allegedly recorded for the first album. A standard in the club days, the song was performed at least once live, following KISS' graduation from the clubs, at The Bayou in Washington DC, in March 1974. Sections of "Acrobat" were used for the music of "Detroit Rock City".
Adams, Bryan
· Canadian recording artist who co-wrote songs with KISS members in 1982. Some of these songs appeared on the Killers and "Creatures Of The Night", and one he wrote with Eric Carr turned up on his own 1983 album, "Cuts Like A Knife". Bryan's credits on certain songs, like "Rock And Roll Hell" and "War Machine" are a result of Gene taking earlier recorded songs that Bryan had (co)written, and changing them on his own for KISS' use. The two did not work 'together' on them.
Alive!
· The first KISS live album and the saviour of their career and Casablanca’s financial security. Recorded in Davenport, Iowa; Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; with a bit of touching up work in the studios. This was also the first KISS album to include a premium, in this case a small picture book of live photographs...
Alive II
· The second live album. Recorded at the Forum, Los Angeles, CA with part possibly from the abandoned Japanese Tokyo recording from April 1977, and with some songs recorded live in the studio... The studio side features Bob Kulick on 4 songs with Ace only playing on "Rocket Ride". Rick Derringer is still suggested to have played on "Larger Than Life". This album includes several premiums: The Evolution Of KISS booklet, tattoo sheet, and merchandise order form...
Alive III
· Just as a note “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” was recorded during a soundcheck in Indianapolis in 1992... This album was later released on Red, White, and Blue vinyl versions...
Alive/Worldwide World Tour 1996-7
· The Reunion Tour which kicked off at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, MI, on June 28, 1996 and concluded at Finsbury Park, London, England, on July 5, 1997. The tour was the top grossing tour of the year, and by far KISS’ most successful...
All Star Cadillac Brass
· Providers of the ending part of "Cadillac Dreams", arranged by Paul Stanley...
Amaze-o
· Magician who taught Gene to breathe fire in Neil Bogart's office...
Anthony, Mark
· Vocalist in the first and short-lived incarnation of the Criss band. His real name is Philip Bardowell...
Antman
· see entry for Christopher Griffin...
Antonia
· A designer of Cuban descent, Antonia was approached by Tommy Thayer in late 1995 to replicate the original costume designs KISS had used during the 1970's for the "Alive/Worldwide" reunion tour. According to Antonia, "the goal was to recreate the original designs by Larry Legaspi with perhaps some fine tuning in the measurement department. What resulted was a faithful recreation of the look which they debuted at the 1996 Grammy Awards".
Appice, Carmine
· Drummer on one song on Paul Stanley’s solo album. Carmine also had a solo band in the early 1980's which briefly included Vinnie Vincent, and the two would write a song, "The Ballard Of Drum City", which Carmine would record on his Rockers (1981) album...
Aridas, Chris
· Guitarist in Peter Criss' pre-KISS band Chelsea. He co-wrote “Silver Lining” for that album and is credited with the arrangement of the traditional “Polly Von”, with the rest of the band. However, soon after the release of the album Aridas quits Chelsea and is replaced by Stan Penridge.
Ashley, Phil
· Studio keyboardist on several KISS albums, including Crazy Nights, Hot In The Shade, and MTV Unplugged...
Assembled Especially For Radio From The KISS Albums
· The full title of a special promotional sampler issued in September 1978 which featured 2 songs from each of the solo albums. This sampler provided the basis for the compilations that started to appear in 1979, in several countries, called “Best Of The Solo Albums”.
Astor
· The Australian distribution label for Casablanca, 1975-80. Astor was better known as a manufacturer of household electrical goods.
Aucoin, Bill
· KISS' manager, from 1973 to 1980. Bill Aucoin was also responsible for getting KISS their recording contract with Casablanca Records in 1973, after seeing them perform at the Hotel Diplomat in August 1973. Bill lived with Sean Delaney from 1969 to 1980 and was the co-creater of the television program Flipside (with Joyce Biawitz).
Augustine, Andre
· Tour Security manager for KISS, 1992-1997 who is has published a book, "Guardian Of The Gods", detailing his time not only with KISS but other major bands. Andre can often be found on the KISS Expo circuit...

B

Bad Boys Tour
· Ace and Peter's Tour of 1995 where both performed sets with the respective bands, and then did a mini-Reunion together.
Balandas, Ed
· "The Voice" who announces the band at the beginning of Alive II. Ed was also road staff security on the Love Gun/Alive II Tour...
Ballard, Russell
· Songwriter, whose material has appeared on Ace Frehley's solo album, Frehley's Comet, and Revenge. A performer in his own right.
Ball's Of Fire
· A band Peter was briefly involved with in 1986. The band did not last long, though they did perform some material off Peter's 1982 solo album live (Feel Like Heaven).
Bardowell, Philip
· Vocalist in the first and short-lived incarnation of the Criss band. He used the stage name "Mark Anthony"...
Barracudas
· One of Peter Criss' pre-KISS bands. Peter played precussion. c. 1966.
Bell Sound Studios, NY
· The recording location of the first KISS album in 1973....
Bellaphon
· The German distribution label for Casablanca, 1976-79. All releases by this distributor featured the normal KISS logo because the political issues didn't force the change until 1980.
Benjamin, Sid
· Owner of "The Daisy" in Amityville, New York, where both Wicked Lester and KISS played.
Benvenga, Michael
· Bassist in Peter Criss' pre-KISS band Chelsea. Benvenga was also a member of Lips following the demise of Chelsea in 1970/1. Michael was born 22 September 1949 in New York and had played in the Brooklyn band "The Wall" prior to Chelsea. He would quit Lips seeing that the band had little realistic chance of success and would do studio session would prior to marrying in 1975. He would pass away, from menengitis, in March 1977, and Peter dedicated his 1978 solo album to him.
Best Of The Solo Albums
· A non-American compilation of tracks from the KISS Solo albums which was released in South Africa, Germany, Holland, France, Mexico, and Australia in 1979. Several versions of this album are highly collectible and several of these issues feature different track listings. This album has never been “officially” released on CD.
Biawitz, Joyce
· Co-creator of the TV program Flipside with Bill Aucoin, and later Mrs. Neil Bogart. Co-manager of KISS with Bill Aucoin, and his partner in Rock Steady Productions/Rock Steady Management. Her share of Rock Steady was bought out by Bill Aucoin in early 1975.
Bionic Boogie
· The name of a Greg Diamond's popular 1970's disco band which Mother Nature/Father Time, Eric Carr's band, appeared as doing gigs in the late 1970's.
Blackjack
· The name of Bruce's first band to record original material. Other members included Michael Bolotin (who went on to solo fame, and also cowrote "Forever" with Paul Stanley), Sandy Gennero, and Jimmy Haslip. Blackjack recorded two albums for Polydor in 1979 and 1980, "Blackjack" and "Worlds Apart" respectively. Bruce kept a close relationship with Michael throughout the 1980's apearing on several of his solo albums. Much of Blackjack's material was co-written by Bruce Kulick.
Blackthorne
· Another Bob Kulick project for which Bruce provided guitars on one track.
Bogart, Neil
· Once a recording artist in his own right (having recorded a single around 1960 which attained some success), Bogart worked his way up through the corporate chain in the media business through MGM Records and Cameo-Parkway Records. In 1968 he became General Manager of Buddah Records until he left to form his own record label, Casablanca, in late-1973. Neil Bogart also produced the third KISS studio album, Dressed To Kill, in 1975, following the firing of producers Kerner and Wise who as house producers would have probably produced it. He died of cancer in 1982 and is remembered on the back cover of KISS' Creatures Of The Night album.
Bogart-Trabulus, Joyce
· (See also Biawitz, Joyce) Joyce Bogart's name following remarriage after Neil's passing. While Joyce's involvement in KISS pretty much ended in early 1975, when her share of Rock Steady was bought out by Bill Aucoin, her involvement in the music business did not end. Joyce became diva Donna Summer's manager and later became a vice-president of the TJ Martel Foundation.
Bogartz, Neil (See entry for Bogart, Neil)
· Neil Bogart's real name.
Bolotin, Michael
· Michael Bolton's real name which he used during his early career. See entry for Michael Bolton.
Bolton, Michael
· Lead singer in Bruce's pre-KISS band, Blackjack. He also co-wrote "Forever" with Paul Stanley in the late- 1980's. Bruce Kulick provided guitars for several of Michael's post-Blackjack albums in the 1980's and the two worked on Stevie's album in the early 1980's...
Bowen, Pamela
· Wife of Paul Stanley, with who he has one child, Evan Shane. Married 1992. Separated 2000.
Brand, Mike
· Guitarist in Peter Criss' pre-KISS band Chelsea. Mike co-wrote all but one of the songs on the Chelsea album...
Braun, Michael
· Drummer on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Brodsky, Joel
· Photographer who took the picture used as the cover for the first KISS album...
Bronx Community College
· College where Paul continued his art studies following high school.
Brotherhood, The
· One of Peter's pre-KISS bands. c. 1967/8. This time not jazz, but soul!
Brown, Trevor
· Photographer, whose picture was used as the cover of Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Buddah Records
· The record label of which Neil Bogart was president in 1971. His label rejected Peter Criss' Lips material when the band performed for them but financed two demo session for them. It was here that KISS sent their demo in 1973, where it was picked up by Kenny Kerner.
Bullfrog Bheer
· A pre-KISS band of which Gene Simmons was a member, apparently with Stephen Coronel at times...
Burger, Julie
· Background vocalist on two songs on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Buslowe, Steve
· Bassist on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album. Steve was brought in by Bob Kulick and the two had worked together in both Meatloaf and with Michael Bolotin...

C

Cadillac High School
· Location of the somewhat infamous KISS visit in 1976 where the city of Cadillac, Michigan declared it KISS day while the band played a concert in the high school auditorium...
Cale, John
· Former Velvet Underground member who provides the viola work on the Chelsea album. Both the Velvet Underground and Chelsea played Ungano's, and it was probably there that the connection between Chelsea and John comes from.
Caliuto, Vince
· Drummer on the KISS-related album "Where's My Hero", by Rozetta, released in 1980 with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar...
Can-Am Recorders
· One of the recording locations used for the Crazy Nights album in 1987... Located in Tarzana, CA...
Caraguti, Eraldo
· Artist commissioned to do the cover paintings for the 1978 solo albums. After Eric Carr joined the band in 1980 he was retained to do a painting a Eric Carr solo album in the same style as the other paintings.
Caravello, Paul Charles
· Eric Carr's real name. Refer to the entry for Eric Carr.
Cardinal Stone High School, NYC
· One of Ace Frehley's high schools.
Cardona, Ricky
· Plays congas on “Disco Symphony”, a song that appears on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Carr, Eric
· Born 12 July 1950. Drummer who replaced Peter Criss in 1980. Eric had played in disco and rock bands since the mid 1960's and gave to KISS a solid professional and skilled double-bass drum style for 11 years. Sadly, he died of cancer in 1991. He was actively developing a cartoon project, the Rockheads, and had a production company, Street Gang Productions. He had also been involved in management of other bands, Hari Kiri. He remained close to Ace Frehley after he left the band in 1982, and contributed numerous songs to KISS, though few were used. He cowrote with Ace in 1989, a song which was recorded but later rejected for being too similar of "Breakout". In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Eric with the release of a Rockheads EP featuring 4 songs written for this project. All feature Eric on vocals. A full length album release would follow.
Carranza, Alex
· The author and maintainer of the original online KISS F.A.Q. which ceased to be updated in August 1996. Alex now works for a software company.
Carrion, Ray
· Lead guitarist in the first incarnation of Criss who stayed with the band until during the recording of the Criss EP in 1993...
Casablanca Records
· Record label created by Neil Bogart which signed KISS in August 1973. In the late 1970's German mega-label Phonogram BV bought into the label resulting in the company being swallowed whole in 1982. Casablanca is better remembered as a disco label due to the plethora of of artists from that genre who found a home there. Some of these include The Village People, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, and Lipps Inc.
Castro, Peppy
· Background vocalist on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album... A musician in his own right, Peppy would demo/write "Naked City" with Gene, Paul, Bob Kulick, and Karla DeVito...
Cathedral
· Another early band of which Ace was a member, briefly...
Cavaliere, Felix
· Keyboardist and vocalist in Vinnie Vincent’s pre-KISS band Treasure, but better remembered as being a member of The Young Rascals. It was his involvement with Laura Nyro which led to his and Vinnie’s involvement with her Nested project in 1978. In addition, Peter Criss covered one of his Young Rascals' songs on his 1980 solo album...
Cellarmen, The
· Eric Carr's first band with which he recorded two songs, which he had written, sung, drummed and played harmonica on, in 1967, which was released as an independent single. The band split in 1970. These songs, “Your Turn To Cry” and “I Cry At Night” were finally released on the KAOL Tribute Projects CD, Creatures Of The Net and Music From The Folder ‘99 respectively. The Cellarmen also recorded two songs for a publisher, "Then I Made A Wish", and "I Found You".
Chase, George D.
· Lead vocalist in Creation, one of Eric Carr's pre-KISS bands, who was killed in the disco fire of June 1974.
Chelsea
· Peter's first pre-KISS band to attain any success. Formed with Michael Benvenga, Pete Shepley, Chris Aridas, and Mike Brand in 1968, Chelsea released a selftitled album on Decca Records in 1970, before splitting while working on a second album. Soon after the release of the first album Aridas was replaced by Stan Penridge. Following the demise of Chelsea Benvenga, Criss and Penridge worked together in Lips before it too fragmented. A Chelsea track also appears on a sampler record, The MCA Sound Conspiracy.
Cher
· Famed musician whom Gene was romanticially involved with 1978-80. Gene would make a cameo appearance on Cher's 1979 album "Take Me Home"...
Chikara
· The Japanese symbol, denoting "Power" which appears on the Hotter Than Hell and Crazy Nights albums. It was also featured on Eric Carr's drum kit, and it is the title of a Japanese only compilation released in 1988 which includes the 7:54 disco remix of I Was Made For Lovin' You. Loosly defined, it means "Strength" or "Power".
Child, Desmond
· Co-writter of numerous KISS songs since 1979. Paul Stanley first worked with Desmond on "The Fight" on Desmond's own album with Rouge...
Christopher, Lyn
· Former backing singer for Laura Nyro who went solo and recorded and album, featuring Paul and Gene on backing vocals on three tracks, for Paramount Records in 1972. This album provides the first professional music credits for Paul and Gene.
Christian, Brian
· Associate producer of Music From “The Elder”...
Cochran, Karl
· Final bassist in the Ace Frehley Band befor the KISS Reunion put solo projects on hold in 1996. Karl has enhanced his KISS connections becoming a member of the ESP Jam Band, with Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer, and John Corabi...
Coffee
· The first band which Gene Simmons and Stephen Coronel worked together in.
Cohen, Marty
· Bassist in Paul Stanley and Stephen Coronel's pre-Wicked Lester band Tree in 1969.
Cohen, Victor
· Rhythm Guitarist and Keyboardist in several of Eric Carr's related bands. He was a member of The Cellarmen and went on to play in "Things That Go Bump In The Night", "Salt And Pepper" and "Creation" before quiting the band in August 1973.
Cold Duck Publishing Co., Inc.
· Publishing company for all the songs that appeared on the 1970 Chelsea album.
Coletti, Alex
· Executive producer of the MTV Unplugged album...
Collier, David
· Bassist on Eric Carr's "Lightning" album of 1979.
Collins, Crystal
· Female vocalist who hired Eric Carr's Cellarmen to be her backing band on two recordings, "No Matter How You Try", and "When You Grow Tired"...
Collins, Susan
· Background vocalist on several songs on Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album...
Condomnation
· One of the possible working titles for the album that became "Crazy Nights" which was more joke than serious...
Conte, Robert
· KISS’ catalog consultant who was responsible for the Remasters. Later works with Studio Chikara putting out KISS related merchandise...
Conway, Dennis
· Drummer on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles
· Location of the recording of Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Corabi, John
· Vocalist and guitarist in Bruce Kulick's first post-KISS band, Union. Corabi was formerly vocalist for Motley Crue, after their sacking of Vince Neil, and previously for The Scream and Angora. He later works with Eric Singer, Bruce Kulick and Karl Cochran on ESP, a side project to Union. While Union disappears, John goes on to become the rhythm guitarist in RATT.
Corbett, Gary
· Sometimes Keyboardist for KISS.
Coronel, Stephen
· Wicked Lester's first guitarist, who had been a member of both Gene and Paul's bands previously. Stephen Coronel cowrote several tracks for the abortive Wicked Lester album which later turned up on KISS records. Stephen left Wicked Lester after their first failled recording session and was replaced by Ron Leejack. It was Stephen Coronel who engineered the first meeting between Gene and Paul. Stehpen was a childhood friend of Gene's. It has been suggested that Stephen's departure from Lester was either the result of a personality clash with Paul or that Epic didn't like him.
Cosmos
· A science fiction fanzine that Gene Simmons created in the early 1960's. It later merged with another fanzine and became known as Cosmos-Stilletto when it merged with another fanzine with the latter name. Stephen Coronel would do cover illustrations for the fanzine.
Coventry, The
· The club, formerly known as the Popcorn Pub, where KISS played there first ever gig on January 30, 1973, and their final club dates in December 1973 (21-23).
Crazy Joe & The Variable Speed Band
· A band Ace record with in 1980, playing synth drums on two tracks. The band release one album on Casablanca Records in 1981, titled "Eugene". See Renda, Crazy Joe. The bassist in this band was one John Regan, later the heart and soul of Frehley's solo bands.
Creation
· The name of Eric Carr's band, 1973-74, which was involved in the disco fire in which two members died in June 1974. Shortly afterwards the band changed it's name to Mother Nature/Father Time. Creation was pretty much the same band as Salt 'N Pepper
Cris, Peter
· Peter's performance credit on the Chelsea album cover of 1971. It is quite possible that this is the form Peter had decided to use for the shortening of his surname, though Peter’s real name appears on the center-ring of the album.
Criscuola, George Peter John
· Peter Criss' real name. Refer to the entry for Peter Criss.
Criss
· The name of Peter's 1990 solo project which released an EP and and album on Tony Nicole Records. “Criss” evolved out of Peter’s shortlived project with Mark St. John, and some of the early material from that project was performed by Criss. The band would go through numerous lineup changes throughout it's 1992-5 active period...
Criss-Penridge Alliance
· A band project of Peter and Stan Penridge which toured and recorded three demos, “Forever With You”, “Never Met A Woman”, and the fantastic “Baby, Hold On”, in 1985. Nothing came of the project even though they did do some limited touring. It was also known simply as "The Alliance".
Criss, Jenilee
· Peter's daughter for whom he wrote a song titled "Jenilee" in 1982.
Criss, Lydia
· Peter Criss' first wife, whom he met in 1967. They married in 1970 and divorced in 1979.
Criss, Peter
· KISS' first drummer. Born December 20th 1945, Peter was the first member of KISS to appear on a vinyl release. A member of several local bands in the 1960's, Peter joined Chelsea which recorded and released on album in 1971, before it splintered while working on a second album. He then worked with Stan Penridge in a band called Lips before joining Gene and Paul in Wicked Lester in 1972. He was the first of the Original members to leave KISS, embarking on an unsuccessful solo career in 1980. Peter rejoined KISS in 1996 for the Reunion tour, though when his contract expired with the band in early 2001 he was unable to negoiate terms for continued work with the band resulting in him being replaced by Eric Singer for touring obligations in Japan and Australia.
Crossley, Charlotte
· A member of “The Sisters Of No Mercy”, background vocalists on one song on Hot In The Shade...
Cuomo, Curt
· Producer. Curt co-produced KISS' Carnival Of Souls, Union's selftitled debut, and Lenita Erickson's 1996 album. He has also cowritten with all three artists mentioned and played drums on some of Union's early demos. Kurt had worked with KISS as early as 1987's Crazy Nights, though not as a producer!
Cusano, Vincent John
· Vinnie Vincent's real name. Refer to the entry for Vinnie Vincent.

D

Daisy, The
· A popular haunt for KISS during the club says of 1973. Located in Amityville, Long Island, NY. KISS play numerous gigs there throughout the year.
Daniels, Johnathan
· LA Musician and member of various bands including Candy, Electric Angels, and The Loveless who cowrote “Nasty Boys” with Eric Carr, Adam Mitchell and Bruce Kulick for Eric’s Rockheads project...
Davis, Danny
· Casablanca PR guy during the 1970's...
Deale, Schuyler
· Bassist in the Good Rats, the band Bruce Kulick recorded with in 1981...
Decca Records
· Chelsea's record label, distributed by MCA, with whom they had signed a two record deal in 1969. Only one album was released before the band split and was dropped by the label.
DeFeis, Damon
· Keyboardist in Creation who was killed in the disco fire of June 1974.
Delaney, Sean
· Long involved with the developement of the band and the producer of both Gen’s solo album and Double Platinum. Sean went on to record a solo album for Casablanca, "Highway", and work in The Skatt Brothers.
Dempsey, Barry
· Bass player in Ace Frehley’s pre-KISS band Millemo...
Derringer, Rick
· Guitarist and performer in his own right, Rick is still alleged to have played guitar on "Larger Than Life" for the Alive II Studio side, though he would perform the solo on "Exciter" on KISS' 1983 studio album!
Dewey, Warren
· Engineer on the first KISS album...
Di Leonardo, Lydia
· Lydia Criss' maiden name. See also Lydia Criss.
Disco Symphony
· The name of a SONG, not an album, on the Lightning album on which Eric Carr appeared on Drums and Backing Vocals in 1979. It is also the title of the A-Side of a Promotional 12" single for that album.
Dodd, Rory
· Background vocalist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Dogramajian, Seth
· Guitarist and Vocalist in Gene Simmon's early bands Lynx, The Missing Links, and the Long Island Sounds. Seth would also write for the fanzines which Gene was publishing. Seth was born 6 September 1950 and died 20 November 1998 in New York...
Donato, David
· Vocalist in Mark St. John’s post-KISS project White Tiger...
Doret, Michael
· Artist responsible for the cover and inner dust-sleeve graphic on Rock And Roll Over...
Dozier, Eddie
· Vocalist on Eric Carr's pre-KISS disco "Lightning" album. He cowrote two of the songs appearing on the album.
Drago

Dragon Attack
· A Queen song, and the title of a 1996 Tribute project for which Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick appeared on one track. Bob Kulick was also involved.

E

Edwards-Brown, Kim
· A member of “The Sisters Of No Mercy”, background vocalists on one song on Hot In The Shade...
Eisen, Stanley Harvey
· Paul Stanley's real name. Refer to the entry for Paul Stanley.
Eisen, William and Eve
· Paul Stanley's parents.
Electric Angels
· LA band which included Johnathan Daniels for whom Bruce Kulick produced a demo tape... One of the songs on this demo was called “You Put The X In Sex”, very similar to a title of a song that later appeared on a KISS album ;)
Electric Lady Studios, NYC
· Eddie Kramer's studio in New York City where some of the best rock records in history have been recorded. Paul Stanley's favourite location for recording demos and the location where Asylum, Dressed To Kill, some of Dynasty were recorded...
Ellis, Tom
· Vocalist in Ace Frehley’s pre-KISS band Molimo, sometimes incorrectly referred to as Tom Lewis...
Emerald City Records
· The original name considered for Neil Bogart's new label - it would be changed to Casablanca Records.
EMI
· The UK distribution label for Casablanca, 1975-6. And for much of Europe in the same period.
Epic Records
· The label for which Wicked Lester recorded an album in 1971. Wicked Lester made two attempts, but both were rejected by Epic.
Erickson, Lenita
· Solo performer with several KISS connections. Paul Stanley cowrote one track for her 1996 solo album, which was produced by Curt Cuomo. Bruce Kulick played guitar in her European Tour of that year.
ESP
· Evolving as a Jam Session band at KISS Expos in 1998, ESP is the Eric Singer Project which features Eric, Bruce Kulick, John Corabi, and Karl Cochran. ESP has toured on their own, to Australia, and released one covers CD in 1998...
Evolution Of KISS, The


The title of the 8 page booklet, a photographic history of KISS, included in the Alive II album...
Exterminator
· Another of Ace's early and short lived bands.
Ezrin, Bob
· Producer responsible for the best (Destroyer) and worst (Elder) KISS albums, Revenge, and some arrangements on Psycho Circus.
Ezrin, David
· The kiddie voice on Destroyer.
Ezrin Farms
· Bob Ezrin’s home in King Ontario where parts of Music From “The Elder” were recorded with the aassistance of a Record Plant mobile truck in 1981...

F

Fallon, Larry
· Arranger of the strings that appear on the 1970 Chelsea album.
Faragher, Davey
· Bassist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Faun
· Another Gene Simmons sci-fi fanzine.
Fellini, Suzanne
· Background vocalist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Ferris, Steve
· Mister Mister guitarist who did some recording work for Creatures Of The Night... It is not clear if any of what he recorded was used...
Fields, J. B.
· Paul Stanley dedicates his 1978 solo album to this trucking firm that kept KISS on the road moving their equipment from city to city.
Fig, Anton
· South African Frehley's Comet drummer and the studio session musician who filled in for Peter on the "Unmasked" album. Also appeared on Ace's 1978 solo album. Anton left Frehley’s Comet to be a member of the David Letterman show band...
Fitz, Brent
· Drummer in Bruce Kulick's first post-KISS band, Union.
Flasher
· Eric Carr's final band, a rock combo, before joining KISS, Dec. 1979 - May 1980. Flasher ended up as a trio when keyboardist Paul Turino quit in March 1980, Eric soon followed...
Fleischmann, Robert
· Robert started off as a solo artist, with people like John McVie and Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith) appearing on his 1979 solo album. Serving for a time as Journey’s vocalist, he hooked up with Vinnie as vocalist in Warrior and returned for Vinnie Vincent Invasion before leaving the band. He continues to work with Vinnie Vincent...
Fontana, Richie
· Session musician who filled in for Peter Criss on the "Dynasty" album. Richie also played drums on a Sean Delaney album, "The Skatt Brothers", and Paul Stanley’s solo album...
Fortress, The
· The recording studio in Hollywood, CA, where the 24 Track demos which eventually became Hot In The Shade were recorded...
Foster, Bruce
· Pianist who plays on “Nothin’ To Lose” on the first KISS album...
Four Roses
· Ace Frehley's first band c. 1968 which managed to get a gig at Mt. Saint Michael's School in the Bronx.
Fox, Brian
· Drummer in Mark St. John’s post-KISS project White Tiger...
Franco, Joe
· Drummer in the Good Rats, the band Bruce Kulick recorded with in 1981. Joe later drummed for Twisted Sister, Vinnie Moore, Taylor Dayne, and several AOR artists...
Freeman, Rob
· Engineer, with Eddie Kramer, of Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album...
Frehley, Ace

Frehley, Jennette
· Ace's wife, the former Jennette Trerotola and co-writer of a couple of tracks on Ace's 1978 solo album...
Frehley, Monique
· Ace's daughter.
Frehely, Paul Daniel
· Ace Frehley's real name. Refer to the entry for Ace Frehley.
Frehley's Comet
· Ace Frehley's first post-KISS solo band, 1984-1988. There have been numerous lineup changes.

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Galante, Jim
· Engineer at New York’s Electric Lady Studios during the recording of the Dynasty album...
Gale
· A late 1960's recording artist for whom Eric Carr's Cellermen are alleged to have recorded backing vocals.
Gardner, Hirsch
· Drummer in the Paul Stanley produced New England and in Vinnie Vincent’s pre-KISS band Warrior... Hirsch sued Vinnie in 1989...
Gennaro, Sandy
· Drummer in Bruce Kulick's pre-KISS band, Blackjack.
Gebert, G.G. Gordon
· Former friend, business partner, and associate of Ace Frehley who has gained some noteriaty for writting a “tell all“ book about Ace’s lifestyle. He later followed up “KISS & Tell”, written with Ace’s friend Bob McAdams, with “KISS & Tell More!” which included some of the hate mail he’d received as a result of the first book. Following the success of the first book Gordon teamed up with former Wicked Lester guitarist Ron Leejack for a short lived project with culminated with the release of a 5 track EP which included the “Rocker Room Theme” which Ace had recorded guitars from in the 1980s.
Gggarth
· Responsible for the mixing of KISS and Alive III...
Giordano, John A.
· Photographer responsible for the picture used as the back cover on the 1985 reissue of Creatures Of The Night...
Glamour Magazine
· Magazine where Gene worked as an editorial assistant in 1972.
Glickman/Marks
· Formerly, KISS’ managers...
Glixman, Jeff
· Producer of several tracks on Paul Stanley's solo album in 1978.
Goatley, Hunter
· Webmaster for the one of the first internet KISS websites, including the famed KISServ, Hunter was also a contributor to the originl KISS FAQ...
Godwin, Dito
· Coproducer of Criss' EP and album, Cat #1, for TNT Records.
Goldberg, Danny
· Publicist for KISS in 1976 and later President and CEO of Mercury Records...
Good Rats, The
· Band for which Bruce Kulick contributed two lots of guitar. Firstly on their 1981 Great American Music album, and again in 1997 on their Tasty Seconds album.
Grande, Phil
· Guitarist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Great American Records
· Record label, distributed by Jem Records, that released the 1981 Good Rats album which featured Bruce Kulick on guitar...
Greco, Joey And The In Crowd
· Band for which Peter Criss drummed in the 1960's, after their original drummer failed to show up for a gig. The band opened for Peter's jazz hero Gene Krupa, who he got to know and get some lessons from.
Griffin, Christopher
· a.k.a. "Antman". One of KISS' earliest roadies...
Grindstaff, Jon
· Arranger of the strings used during MTV Unplugged...
Gruen, Bob
· Famed photographer responsible for the cover photo on Dressed To Kill and the infamous shot of KISS on top of the Empire State Building...
Guip, Amy
· Artist responsible for the cover art for Smashes, Thrashes & Hits...
Gulliver's Resturant/Night Club
· The location of the fire, in Port Chester, NY, where two members of Eric Carr's band, Creation, died on June 30, 1974.

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Hames, William


Photographer whose work was used on the Revenge album...
Harris, Larry
· A Vice-President of sales and marketing at Casablanca Records, Larry set up KISS' promotions and handled radio/retail during the 1970's. Larry was also Neil Bogart's cousin...
Hartman, Dan
· Disco guru of the late 1970’s on whose 1978 album, Instant Replay, Vinnie Vincent provided some guitars. Vinnie also appeared with the band in some promotional photos...
Haslip, Jimmy
· Bassist in Bruce Kulick's pre-KISS band, Blackjack.
Heaven
· The title of an 1981 instrumental which appeared on the Revenge album as a tribute to Eric Carr. Originally, it had been a work in progress by Eric and Ace, which Ace later reworked into “Breakout”. All of Ace’s work was replaced with Bruce Kulick on the Revenge version.
Henderson, John
· Guitarist in Salt 'N Pepper, Creation, Mother Nature/Father Time, Bionic Boogie, and Lightning with Eric Carr in the 1970's. Cowrote much of the material appearing on the Lightning album in 1979.
Henderson, Sarita
· Wife of John Henderson and vocalist in Salt 'N Pepper, Creation, and Mother Nature/Father Time, whose life Eric Carr saved in the disco fire of June 1974.
Honey
· Another of Ace's early and short lived bands.
Hotel Diplomat
· New York "hotel", the term used loosely, where Lips and KISS both played gigs. Yet, it was at this venue that KISS put on a showcase at which Bill Aucoin was present (Aug. 11, 73). Aucoin offers to become KISS' manager, promising a recording contract within two weeks, after KISS' show there on Aug. 13th.
Howard, James Newton
· Keyboardist and synthesuzer player on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Howarth, Tod
· Guitarist, Keyboardist, and Vocalist who was a member of 707 and Frehley's Comet. He is now a solo performer. He replaced Richie Scarlet and was then himself replaced by Richie Scarlet. He has toured and recorded with numerous artists, notably Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick.
Hunting, James
· Bassist in Bruce Kulick's first post-KISS band, Union.

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I
· The song on "Music From" The Elder which Eric Carr did not drum on. He couldn't get the feel for it, and apparently Allen Schwartzberg was brought in for this one!
Ienner, Jimmy
· Executive producer of the Double Platinum album...
Issak, Barbara
· Assistant engineer on Paul Staly’s solo album...

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Jackson, Michael James
· Producer of the studio tracks on Killers, Creatures Of The Night, Lick It Up and of the drums on Animalize. Gave KISS the heavy bombastic drum sound that they tried, unsuccessfully, to reproduce on their self-produced albums for years afterwards.
Jaffe, Jerry
· KISS’ A&R man in the 1980’s...
Johnsen, Ron
· Producer of the Wicked Lester album, and to whom the first KISS album is dedicated. He also got Gene and Paul work on the Lyn Christopher album singing backing vocals on three tracks. He was also the engineer on the Chelsea album. Manager of Wicked Lester and KISS until surplanted by Bill Aucoin.
Johnson, Don
· Actor (Miami Vice) and sometime musician for who Bruce Kulick provided guitar for his 1989 album, Let It Roll.

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Kamen, Michael
· Worked on the orchestral arrangements, with Bob Ezrin and The American Symphony Orchestra, on the Music From “The Elder” album in 1981...
Kanon, Eddie (Ed)
· Peter's drum tech since the early 1990's. He appears on Peter's Cat #1 album. Historically, Ed Kanon filled in for the injured Peter Criss at KISS' April 4, 1996 concert in Columbus, GA, where he appeared wearing Peter's costume and makeup.
KAOL
· Kiss Alliance OnLine: A charity formed by members of an online tribute project, started in America Online's KISS Army Online message board, which has (so far) released two KISS tribute albums, KAOL: Music From The Folder and KAOL2: Creatures Of The Net. Proceeds from the album sales are donated to the Wisconsin Childrens Hospital in memory of Eric Carr.
Katsaros, Doug
· Plays piano, omni string ensemble, and provides background vocals on”Hold Me, Touch Me”, on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album...
Kaye, Carol
·
Kelly, Ken
· Artist who painted the covers for Destroyer and Love Gun...
Kelly, Larry & Sue
· Cowriters of “Rip It Out” on Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album... Larry also provides backing vocals on the song.
Kelly Services
· Yep, Gene worked as a "Kelly Girl"... =)
Kerner, Kenny
· Co-producer of KISS' first two studio albums, KISS and Hotter Than Hell, in 1974. Kenny was also responsible for bringing the KISS demo tape to the attention of Neil Bogart, as it was he who would sift through unsolicited demos at Buddah. See also Richie Wise.
King Kong
· Another of Ace's early and short lived bands. According to one story it is the drummer in this band which gives Ace the nickname "Ace" after Ace sets the drummer up with a girl...
King's Lounge, Queens
· The club where Gene and Paul went to see Peter in action before inviting him to join Wicked Lester.
Klein, Gene
· An alias Gene Simmons uses.
Kovas, Dino
· One of three keyboardists who appear on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Kramer, Eddie
· Producer of KISS' 1973 Demos which helped them gain a recording contract. His participation in the recording session resulted mainly from Gene and Paul being owed money by Electric Lady Studios. He later produced Alive!, Rock And Roll Over, Love Gun, Alive II, and Alive III. He has also produced Frehley's Comet albums.
Krampf, Craig
· Drummer on 4 songs on Paul Stanley’s solo album...
Kreider, Mark
· Background vocalist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Kulick, Bob
· Almost KISS' first guitarist. Bob auditioned for KISS on Jan. 3, 1973, though was overlooked in favour of Ace Frehley. Nevertheless he kept a close relationship with the band, and became somewhat a saviour stepping in to assist in the recording of Alive II's studio side, when Ace became "unavailable". He also played on Paul's solo album, and cowrote "Naked City" with Gene and Howard Marks for Unmasked (and recorded the demo of that song with Gene). He also played on the new tracks which appeared on the non-US compilation, Killers. Possibly, more importantly he suggested his brother, Bruce, to the band when they were desperately looking for a stand-in for Mark St. John for the Animalize Tour, a move which when Bruce signed on as the official guitarist gave KISS 12 years of guitarist stability following the problems of the previous few years. He also joined Paul Stanley on his solo tour of 1989.
Kulick, Bruce
· KISS' 4th guitarist from 1984 to 1996. Bruce toured with the band as a late replacement for Mark St. John for the Animalize Tour and permanently replaced him in December 1984. He recorded "Lonely Is The Hunter" on Animalize, Asylum, Crazy Nights, Smashes Thrashes And Hits, Hot In The Shade, Revenge, Alive III, MTV Unplugged, and Carnival Of Souls with the band, and found time to contribute to outside projects, including recording demos with Eric Carr for Eric's Rockheads cartoon project. He left the band in August 1996 when it became clear that the Reunion was going to last for an extended period. He is currently in a band with former Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi, called Union, and had an album released on Mayhem in early 1998. He has appeared on several Tribute projects, recording the COS demo "Liar" for Shock Record's Return Of The Comet Ace Frehley tribute. He (with John Corabi and Brent Fitz, Union's drummer) contributed two tracks to the Rod Stewart Tribute "Forever Mod", and he and Eric Singer recorded a track, Save Me, for the Dragon Attack Queen Tribute. He has worked with numerous other artists including Michael Bolotin (Blackjack & Solo), Meatloaf, and Billy Squier. In 1999 Bruce has been involved in several releases, including Union's second album, a live effort, Eric Singer's ESP project, and an Eric Carr EP and full-length release, while Union have also completed their second studio album.
Kulick, Christine
· Formerly, the wife of Bruce Kulick.
Krupa, Gene
· Jazz drummer, and Peter Criss' biggest influence. Peter obtained some drumming lessons from Krupa in the 1960's while a member of Joey Grecco & The In Crowd...

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LaBelle, Andre
· Drummer with Vinnie Vincent during his late 1980’s attempt to rekindle his career...
Laird, Rick
· Bassist in Vinnie’s pre-KISS band Treasure who is an incredibly travelled journeyman bassist appearing on numerous recordings since the early 1960’s...
Landau, Michael
· Guitarist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Landers, Tim
· Bassist on the KISS-related album "Where's My Hero", by Rozetta, released in 1980 with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar...
Lawless, Blackie
· Leader/Guitarist/Bassist/Vocalist of WASP who cowrote some songs with Ace Frehley in 1989. In addition, Ace had produced the original WASP demo back in 1982...
Lasley, David
· Background vocalist on several songs on Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album...
LeGaspi, Larry
· Based out of Greenwich Village, New York, Larry would design KISS' costumes from late-1973 through 1978. As the band's first designer he was hired by manager Bill Aucoin to create the "leather" look which the band transitioned to after wearing their own designs (or those made by family members or bought at S&M shops). Larry owned a clothing store called Moonstone. Larry returned to KISS in 1981 and continued to design their costumes through 1983 and the "Creatures Of The Night" tour. Larry also dressed the likes of LaBelle and Parliament.
Leejack, Ron
· Wicked Lester's second guitarist who was involved in the second failled recording session for Epic. He became a session musician working with Cactus, for their second album, in 1971...
Lee, Chris
· Bassist with Vinnie Vincent during his late 1980’s attempt to rekindle his career...
Lee, Will
· Bassist on three tracks on Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album and for several years the bassist in David Letterman's TV show band...
Leeta
· An early demo recorded by Gene Simmons and Stephen Coronel.
Lehenaff, Claude
· Drummer/Precussionist on the 1980 Crazy Joe album on which Ace Frehley appeared...
Lendt, Chris
· Author of “KISS & Sell”, but also long involved in the financial side of KISS...
Lesniewski, John and Karen
· Authors of the “KISS Collectible Identification and Price Guide”... More importantly, John and Karen organized the first ever US KISS Konvention in Boston in 1987. They also published their own fanzine, The New England KISS Collector’s Network.
Levine, Barry
· Renowned photographer long known for his photos of KISS. Also responsible for the inner photos in “Greatest KISS”...
Levinsohn, Blake
· Song co-writer and Rhodes performer on the KISS-related album "Where's My Hero", by Rozetta, released in 1980 with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar...
Lewis, Peter
· Assistant engineer on Paul Stanley’s solo album...
Lightning
· The name of an album recorded by Eric Carr's band, Mother Nature/Father Time in 1979. They used the stage name "Lightning" for this album also. Because the band broke up at the time when the album was due to be released by Casablanca it only saw limited promotional release.
Linn, Jason A.
· Executive producer of the “You Wanted The Best” and “Greatest KISS” compilation albums...
Lips
· Peter Criss' post-Chelsea band with former Chelsea members Michael Benvenga and Stan Penridge. Lips played gigs at the Hotel Diplomat, which would later become a KISS haunt in 1973, amoungst other places, and recorded demos at RCA Studios in the Spring of 1971, and at Bell Sound Studios, in New York City, in late 1971. The Lips material was rejected by both Karma Sutra records and Buddah Records (of which Neil Bogart was president).
Loeb, Steve
· Plays piano on the 1970 Chelsea album...
Lomenzo, James
· Former White Lion bassist who joined the Ace Frehley Band for a short time in the early 1990’s...
Long Island Sounds
· An early band of which Gene Simmons was a member.
Luthaker, Steve
· Guitarist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...

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Macmillan, H.A.
· Responsible for the orchestration, with Bob Ezrin, that is used on the Destroyer album...
Magic People, The
· Another early band of which Ace was a member, briefly...
Manhattan High School of Music and Art
· Paul's high school.
Marchello, Mickey
· Guitarist and vocalist in the Good Rats, the band Bruce Kulick recorded with in 1981...
Marchello, Peppi
· Lead vocalist in the Good Rats, the band Bruce Kulick recorded with in 1981...
Marks, Howard
·
Mathias, Jon
· Engineer at New York’s Record Plant Studios during the recording of the Dynasty album...
Mayhem
· Union's record label for their first release in 1998. This label later went bankrupt.
Mazer, Larry
·
MCA Records Inc.
· Parent company of Decca Records who released the 1970 Chelsea album. Additionally, MCA included one song from that album on a sampler featuring artists distributed by them, the MCA Sound Conspiracy...
MCA Sound Conspiracy
· The name of the 1971 sampler record which included one song, “Hard Rock Music”, from the 1970 Chelsea album.
McLaughlin, Mike
· Final guitarist in Criss, and then a member of Scoff...
McAdams, Bob (Bobby)
· A childhood friend of Ace’s who appears on “New York Groove” on Ace’s 1978 solo album. In 1998 he cowrote “KISS & Tell”, an expose on Ace’s lifestyle, with Gordon Gebert.
McCord, Kat
· Vocalist on the 1980 Crazy Joe album on which Ace Frehley appeared...
Media Sound Studios
· The recording studio where the drum tracks for “Keep Me Comin’” were recorded in 1982...
Medlin, Victoria
· Paul Stanley dedicates his solo album to this person.
Megaforce
· The title of a Tod Howarth song which appeared on his 707 album in 1982. It was later rewritten as "Calling To You" on Ace Frehley's "Second Sighting" album in 1988.
Megaforce Worldwide Records
· Ace Frehley/Frehley's Comet record label 1987- 1989 which still reissues his albums.
Menefee, Pete
· Pete quite literally took the band's look totally Hollywood during his two year tenure as costume designer. Pete would be responsible for the design of the "Dynasty" and "Unmasked" costumes.
Mensinger, Eric
· Eric Singer's real name. Refer to the entry for Eric Singer.
Merenstein, Lewis
· Co-producer of the Lightning album in 1979. Lewis also produced Peter Criss' Chelsea album in 1970. Talk about the wild connection between two KISS drummers!
Merritt, Howard
· Co-producer of Eric Carr's "Lightning" album in 1979.
Messano, Bob
· Guitarist and background vocalist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Microfon
· Argentine distribution label for Casablanca in the 1970's.
Millemo
· A band Ace was in just prior to auditioning for Wicked Lester/KISS. The band was given a record deal to record an album for RCA Records in 1972, though after completing about half of the album in the studio the project fell apart.
Miller, Alan
· KISS' director of promotions during the 1970's.
Miller, Kirk
· Guitarist in Criss featured on the recording of the EP. He left during the recording of the Cat album.
Minsky, Barry and Susan
· Chelsea’s managers...
Missing Links, The
· An early band of which Gene Simmons was a member. c. 1967-8.
Mitchell, Adam
· Cowrote numerous songs with KISS members from 1982 onwards and played guitar on Creatures Of The Night...
Montegue, Mark
· Basssist in Peter Criss’ post-KISS band Criss from 1992 to 1995/6...
Monteleone, Ed
· Guitarist on the 1980 Crazy Joe album on which Ace Frehley appeared...
Moose
· See entry for Peter Oreckinto...
Mother Nature/Father Time
· Eric's disco band, 1974-Oct. 1979 which also appeared live as Bionic Boogie. It recorded an album under the name Lightning in 1979 but split before the album was released. MN/FT evolved out of the disaster that had affected Creation. Eric didn’t care for the name.
Moss, Ralph
· Producer of Eric Carr's "Lightning" album in 1979.
Music From “The Elder”
· KISS’ ficticious soundtrack concept album, based on a loose Gene Simmons idea, which alienated more fans than it gained... Paul’s hand is used on the cover photograph...

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NB
· Album code prefix for Casablanca during the Warner Bros. distribution period of 1974. When Casablanca went independent the code was transferred for use on singles. Like all Casablanca release codes the "NB" stands for "Neil bogart"...
NB-9001
· The original call letters for the release of “KISS” which did not include “Kissin’ Time”. This was the only KISS album released with that code prefix, though some copies of the album can be found that include the song and/or list it on the cover and/or have it listed on a cover sticker. The white label promo copy of this album is one of the most collectible records in the KISS catalog.
NBL5
· Audio Cassette prefix for Casablanca Records releases.
NBL8
· 8-Track Cassette tapes prefix for Casablanca Records releases.
NBD
· 12" singles prefix for Casablanca Records.
NBLP
· Album code prefix for vinyl LPs for Casablanca following the demise of Warner Bros. distribution until the demise of Casablanca Records in the 1980's.
NBMF (Neil Bogart Memorial Fund)
· Founded in 1983, and a division of the TJ Martell Foundation, the fund is located at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and honors Casablanca founder Neild Bogart with medical research.
Naro, Phil
· Former Talas vocalist who cowrote several songs with Mark St. John and Peter Criss during their short lived project. A couple of these showed up on Criss releases and Phil has worked with Mark on three songs on his solo album...
NEB
· Singles code prefix during the Warner Bros. distribution period.
Neaves, Lee
·
Nelson, Eric
· Bassist on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album...
Nevison, Ron
· Producer of KISS’ Crazy Nights album. While some have complained about the sound of the album, Nevison has produced some very successful albums in the mid-1980’s for other artists, notably Heart.
Newton High School, Queens, NY
· Where Gene attended High School in the early 1960's.
Nippon-Phonogram
· Japanese distribution label for one KISS release, Chikara in 1988.
Normand, Mark
· Bassist for the Ace Frehley Band for a short while in the early 1990’s. Mark was also given some vocal duties...
Norton, Mark
· Mark St. John's real name. Refer to the entry for Mark St. John.
Norton, Michael
· Mark St. John’s brother and bassist in White Tiger and with Mark and Peter Criss’ Tree project...
Nyro, Laura
· Artist for whom Lyn Chrisopher was a backing singer (see entry for Lyn Cristopher). Vinnie Vincent plays guitar on Laura Nyro's 1978 album, Nested.

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O’Brien, Opie
· One of three keyboardists who appear on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Oas, Holly
· Background vocals on two songs on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Obi
· A wrap-around paper band usually featuring album information and advertizing used on Japanese vinyl releases... Only on gatefolds do these really serve any purpose, especially if you can’t read Japanese, but they are “cool” additions to the all-around presentation of an album package.
Offord, Eddie
· Producer of both of Bruce Kulick's Blackjack albums. Bruce went on to work with other bands which were using Eddie as producer, including Rozzetta and Billy Squire.
Oldaker, Jamie
· Drummer in Frehley’s Comet from November 1987 until February 1989...
One-On-One Recording Studios
· One of the recording locations used for the Crazy Nights album in 1987... Located in North Hollywood, CA...
Oreckinto, Peter
· a.k.a. "Moose". One of KISS' earliest roadies...
Ostrander, Brooke
· Keyboardist and flute player in Wicked Lester. Brooke had recording equipment at his house where Gene would go to work on demos before Wicked Lester was even an idea.

P

Penridge, Stan
· Replaced Chris Aridas as guitarist in Chelsea in 1971 and later went on to be part of Lips with Peter Criss. Stan had a long association both with Peter and KISS, cowriting “Beth” (originally in 1971) with Peter. Following Peter’s departure from KISS Stan continued to work with Peter until the Penridge-Criss Alliance broke up in 1985. Stan also coproduced “Out Of Control”...
Phonogram
· The German (and Europe & Asia in General) distribution label for Casablanca and Mercury in the 1980's.
Pinkston, Valerie
· A member of “The Sisters Of No Mercy”, background vocalists on one song on Hot In The Shade...
Plotkin, Jerry
· One of three keyboardists who appear on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
PolyGram
· KISS' record label (parent) since 1983, though PolyGram had distributed KISS albums since 1981 after the European parent company bought into Casablanca in 1980. PolyGram was bought by Seagram in 1998 to become part of the Universal Music group.
Polystar
· Japanese distribution label for Casablanca since 1980.
Poncia, Vini
· Producer of Peter's 1978 solo album, Dynasty and Unmasked for KISS and Let Me Rock You for Peter Criss in 1982. He also cowrote songs on the last three of those albums, and on KISS' 1989 album, Hot In The Shade. he also sometimes provided backing vocals on the albums he produced...
Popcorn Pub
· The club, which was renamed The Coventry, where KISS played there first ever gig on January 30, 1973. It was located at 47-03 Queens Boulevard, Queens, New York.
Post War Baby Boom
· One of Paul Stanley's pre-KISS bands. c. 1967. This band recorded a demo, "Never Living, Never Loving" for a project for Columbia Records which never happened.
Postlewaite, Fritz
· Tour manager on the Love Gun tour...
Presti, John “Cooker” Lo
· Bassist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Public School #75, Manhattan
· The school where Gene taught 6th grade in 1972 in Spanish Harlem.
Punisher
· Gene's custom bass...
Pye
· The UK distribution label for Casablanca, 1976-79.

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Quaye, Caleb
· Guitarist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...

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Rael, Matt
· Guitarist in Paul Stanley's pre-KISS band Uncle Joe in 1969/70.
Rainbow
· The precursor to Wicked Lester featuring Stephen Coronel, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons. c. 1970. This band did not last long, though it was offered a deal by Buddah Records. Rainbow was transformed into Wicked Lester.
Ransom, Ron & Marino, Lou
· Artists responsible for the cover illustration on “You Wanted The Best”...
RCA Recording Studios, NY
· Location of recording of Peter’s 1980 solo album, “Out Of Control”...
Record One
· The recording studios in Los Angeles where the drum tracks for Creatures Of The Night, except “Keep Me Comin’” were recorded in 1982...
Record Plant Studios, The
· The Los Angeles recording studios where the Killers tracks were recorded early during the Creatures Of The Night sessions in 1982...
Record Plant Recording Studios, NY
· Location of recording of the Destroyer and Rock And Roll Over albums in 1976, Love Gun album in 1977, parts of Dynasty in 1979, Unmasked in 1980, Music From “The Elder” in 1981,
Redoute, Bruce
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Reed, Lou
· Cowriter of “A World Without Heroes” and “Dark Light” on Music From The Elder, Lou had previously worked with Bob Kulick in 1976 apart from having his own musical legacy. The title of “A World Without Heroes” is attibuted to Lou who is alleged to have simply scribled it down on a piece of paper which came to the attention of Gene who was working on a song called “Every Little Bit Of Your Heart”...
Regan, Pat, Saxes
· Provider of the horns on “Cadillac Dreams”...
Regan, John
· Bassist in the Crazy Joe and The Variable Speed Band, and later the bassist, and sometimes leader of Frehley's Comet. In recent times John has been involved in 2 Ace Frehley compilations for Megaforce Records, 12 Picks and Loaded Deck.
Renda, Crazy Joe
· A musician Ace played synth drums for in 1980. The track, "Eugene" is included on a Crazy Joe album of the same name. Ace is not also involved with a second track, "The Gay Ranchero", which was recorded around the same time.
Richardson, Mike
· Arranger of the strings used on the Lightning disco album in 1979...
Richmond College
· The college, in Staten Island, NY, where Gene Simmons transferred to in 1970 to continue his studies in Education.
Right Track Studios, NY
· Location of recording of the Lick It Up, and Animalize albums, and the new studio tracks from Smashes, Thrashes & Hits.
Rising Sun
· An early band of which Gene Simmons was a member.
Roberge, Jim
· Keyboardist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Rock, Bobby
· The ultimate drummer and member of Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion through both lineups. Bobby left during the implosion of the band and later worked with artists like Nelson...
Rockheads
· Eric Carr's cartoon idea. Demos were recorded for it by Eric and Bruce Kulick in 1988. A four song EP was released featuring this material in 1999, a taste of a full CD release to come.
Rock Steady Management
· Management company of KISS, the partnership of Joyce Biawitz and Bill Aucoin formed in 1973.
Rock Steady Music
· Publishing company set up to handle KISS songs...
Rock Steady Productions
· Production company owned by Bill Aucoin and Joyce Biawitz.
Rogin, Ellen
· Artist who did the color tinting of the Ron Tunison photograph on the 1970 Chelsea album...
Rolling Stone Magazine
· Peter placed an add in Rolling Stone in 1972, stating: "Drummer with 11 years experience willing to do anything to make it". This is the add that Gene and Paul responded to leading to Peter joining Wicked Lester. Allegedly, the add appears in the April 13th edition (#106), however, it was NOT in the East coast issue.
Ross, Jeff
· Guitarist who appears on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Rouge
· The name of Desmond Child’s backing vocalists: Maria Vidal, Diana Grasselli, and Miriam Valle. These singers also provided backing vocals on “Move On” on Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album...
Rozetta
· The artist credit of an album, "Where's My Hero", by a female recording artist for whom Bruce Kulick played guitar in 1980 (See also Stone, Rosetta). The album was produced by Blackjack alumni Eddy Offord...
Rumbo Recorders
· One of the recording locations used for the Crazy Nights album in 1987... Located in Canoga Park, CA...

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Sabino, Rob
· Organist, Pianist, and Synthesizer player on the 1980 Crazy Joe album on which Ace Frehley appeared... Later Rob would do a stint as a member of Frehley’s Comet during 1985...
Saisse, Philippe
· Pianist, keyboardist, and coproducer of the KISS-related album "Where's My Hero", by Rozetta, released in 1980 with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar...
Salt 'N Pepper
· Band of which Eric Carr was a member, 1970-73, with the name reflecting the ethnicity of the members! The band changed its' name to Creation.
Sancious, David
· Guitarist on four tracks on the KISS-related album "Where's My Hero", by Rozetta, released in 1980 with Bruce Kulick on lead guitar...
Scarangella, Jack
· Drummer in Vinnie Vincent’s pre-KISS band Treasure. Jack had worked on Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals albums from 1972 and on Felix’s 1975 solo album...
Scarlett, Richie
· Guitarist and vocalist in the early incarnations of Frehley’s Comet and later Ace Frehley Band. Richie is a “Keith Richards” looking guitarist with a killer skill who is a solo performer in his own right...
Scavullo, Francesco
· Photographer responsible for the Dynasty cover and poster. The cover was created out of numerous individual photographys to find the perfect blend.
Schaper, Bob
· Engineer on Peter Criss’ 1978 solo album... Bob was also the Engineer Associate Producer on Peter’s 1982 album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Scheniman, Bill “Bear”
· Plays the bell on “Fractured Mirror” on Ace’s 1978 solo album...
Schorr, Todd
· Artist who created the illustration used as the cover of Peter’s 1980 solo album, “Out Of Control”. On Peter’s concept he incorporated Peter’s wife Debra as one of the characters...
Scott, Neil
· An alias used by Neil Bogart when he released bubble-gum pop singles in the 1960's. He had recorded 3 singles by 1967.
Seeff, Norman
· Photographer, some of whose pictures were used on the back cover of the Hotter Than Hell album. In an notorious photo session Paul was apparently so intoxicated that he had to be locked in a car for his own safety.
Segal, Jon
· Also known as J.J. French of Twisted Sister fame. Jon Segal was allegedly an early guitarist for Wicked Lester after Stephen Coronel was dropped from Rainbow, yet he would have been around 14! What is actually known is that he was one of several guitarists Gene, Peter, and Paul jammed with duing 1972. He was never a member of their band. According to JJ, "I was one of many guitar players who auditioned for KISS, and I spent a couple of weeks practicing with those guys. They didn't have a name yet they were not KISS, they weren't WICKED LESTER and I was one of many... I auditioned for the band in June of 1972, and in September of 1972, they picked up Ace [Frehley] out of maybe 25 or 30 people, and when they picked Ace, I called them around that time just to say, 'Hey, how are you doing? What is going on?' They told me they hired Ace, and I went down to rehearsal and watched them when they first rehearsed with Ace, and he was perfect for this band" (Tangra Mega Rock).
Shea, Gary
· Bassist in the Paul Stanley produced New England and in Vinnie’s pre-KISS band Warrior. Gray went on to be Alcatraz’s bassist with former bandmate Jimmy Waldo...
Shepley, Pete
· Vocalist in Peter Criss' pre-KISS band, Chelsea. The was the “acoustic” Pete!
Sherinan, Derek
· Keyboard player on the Revenge Tour...
Sherman, Dale
· Author of two books about KISS, Black Diamond and Black Diamond 2, and numerous articles about the band which appear in fanzines and at online websites. Dale helped co-create the KISS Fanzine Strangeways in the early 1980's.
Sharp, Ken
· Interviewer of KISS who has shown time and time again that he knows what questions to ask! Several of his extensive interviews have appeared in the Goldmine magazine...
Sherbourne Drive
· Original location of the Casablanca offices in Los Angeles in 1974...
Sherinian, Derek
· KISS' yeyboardist on the Revenge Tour. Derek can be heard on the Alive III album. Like Eric Singer, Derek had worked with Alice Cooper...
Shocker
· Film by Wes Craven. Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick were both involved in the soundtrack for this project.
Siano, Tom
· Guitarist and vocalist on Eric Carr's "Lightning" album in 1979. He wrote/cowrote 4 of the 5 tracks appearing on the album.
Simmons, Gene
· The demon. Rockstar, actor, producer, mogul... Gene’s diverse background and interest in horror films brought much of the image to KISS. A fan of the Beatles, Gene can write incredible material when he wants to, but has a penchant for big dumb rock! An absentee landlord for much of the 1980’s while distracted by acting and producing other artists, Gene even formed his own record label which was rather short lived. Gene will never pass up an idea regardless of how ridiculous it may seem, and has long been the king of the merchandising world...
Singer, Eric
· KISS’ third drummer who was brought in to drum on “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II” in 1991 when Eric Carr was unable to perform. Singer had started his career as drummer in the Lita Ford band, then had a short tenure with Black Sabbath, and as drummer on Paul Stanley’s solo tour, before becoming a member of Badlands, who released an incredible debut. After splitting from Badlands Eric joined Alice Cooper’s touring band before the call to KISS came. Eric quit KISS in August 1996 and since then has appeared on numerous releases along with releasing his own solo project ESP.
Singer, Stan
· Drummer in Paul Stanley and Steven Coronel's pre-Wicked Lester band Tree in 1969.
Singles, The
· The name of an Australian only compilation released in 1985. The album was released by Concept Records with material licensed by PolyGram...
SIR Studios, NY
· Location of the first public Frehley's Comet gig in Nov. 1984.
Sisters Of No Mercy, The
· Background vocalists on “Silver Spoon” on Hot In The Shade... This group consisted of Charlotte Crossley, Valerie Pinkston, and Kim Edwards-Brown.
Skoff
· The band Criss without Peter after Peter returned to the KISS Army in 1995/6...
Skull
· One of Bob Kulick's bands. Bruce recorded and wrote on the Skull album "No Bones About It".
Slaughter
· Spin off band including Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum from the Vinnie Vincent Invasion who have had greater success that their former band leader...
Slaughter, Mark
· Vocalist who replaced Robert Fleischman in Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion. He and bassist Dana Strum split from the V-meister to form Slaughter in 1988...
Slavin, Sandy
· Drummer in the Ace Frehley Band for a while in the early 1990’s...
Smalling, Junior
· Roadie for KISS in the early days. Junior Smalling is also "The Voice" who announces the band at the beginning of Alive!
Smyth, Betty
· Owner of the Popcorn Pub/Coventry Club.
Solon, Eddie
· Owner of Backstreet Studios, in the Bronx...
SONY Sound Studios
· Location, in New York, of the recording of MTV Unplugged...
Sounds Interchange Ltd.
· Studios in Toronto where parts of Music From “The Elder” were recorded in 1981...
Spector, Ronnie
· Recording artist for whom Bruce provided guitar for one track for her 1987 album, Unfinished Business. This track is also included on a Best-Of Compilation.
Spindel, David
· Photographer responsible for the graphic used as the inner dust-sleeve in the Love Gun album and the photography for the Music From “The Elder” album...
Squier, Billy
· Performer for whose 1980 album, Tale Of The Tape, Bruce Kulick played some guitar on some tracks. Others are Billy copying BK's solos.
St. Elmo's Fire
· A band which Stan Penridge was in during 1972/3.
St. John, Mark
· Short lived replacement guitarist for Vinnie Vincent with the shortest tenure in the band. While KISS wanted a replacement for Vinnie who was equally capable Mark turned out to be too technical with a style unsuited for the band. Health problems resulted with his replacement by Bruce Kulick and Mark only played 2 full shows with the band before Bruce’s style and personality gave the band the excuse to give him the “push”... Since leaving KISS Mark has released one album, White Tiger, in 1986, and nothing since. In 1990 he teamed up with Peter Criss in a short-lived project, and is currently working on a solo album.
Stabin, Victor
· Artist responsible for the Unmasked album cover, with Mark Samuels and Jose Rivero...
Stanley, Paul
· The Starchild.. The true musician and guiding force of the band for much of its career. Paul came from a well to do background, and has rarely deviated from the music. The leading figure in the band.
Stasiak, Corky
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Steed, Arthur
· The first keyboard player in Frehley’s Comet from 1984-5.
Stevens, Joe
· “Writer” who apparently plagarized Alex Carranza’s FAQ to publish a book, Revenge Is Sweet...
Stevens, Steve
· Guitarist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Stewart, Neil
· Alias used by Neil Bogart in the early 1960's.
Stone, Mike
· Studio engineer who worked on the remixing of the Double Platinum tracks and “Strutter ‘78”...
Stone, Mike
· Lead vocalist in Peter Criss’ post-KISS band Criss from 1993 to their breakup in 1995/6... He and the rest of the band became Skoff after Peter’s departure for the KISS Reunion...
Stone, Rosetta
· The full name of the artist who released an album as "Rozetta" with Bruce Kulick on guitar. Bruce also co-wrote the lead track "Pick Me Up" with Rosetta...
Street Gang Productions
· Eric Carr's production company.
Strum, Dana
· Original bassist in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, and veritable musical guru who introduced Randy Rhoads to Ozzy Osbourne. Dana went AWOL from the Invasion, with Mark Slaughter, to form their own highly successful band, Slaughter, in 1988...
Sullivan County Community College
· The college in Plattskill, NY, where Gene Simmons began his studies in Education, in hopes of becoming a teacher.

T

T.N.T. (Tony Nicole Records)
· Peter's record label for two releases, an EP and an album, in the 1990's.
Tallarico, Carl
· Drummer on “Fractured Mirror”...
Thiemeyer Fleur
· An Australian, who had previously worked for Rod Stewart and Motley Crue, Fleur designed KISS' costumes at the beginning of the unmasked era through 1986. She was based out of Los Angeles.
Tomlyn, Bo
· Plays synthesizer on 4 of 5 tracks on Eric Carr's 1979 "Lightning" album.
Teeman, Neil
· Drummer in Paul Stanley's pre-KISS band Uncle Joe in 1969/70.
Theatre Techniques Inc.
· The company that built the Love Gun/Alive II stage...
Tinderbox
· Another Gene Simmons sci-fi fanzine.
Torburg, Dale
· The official KISS wrestler with the WCW who appeared in the guise as "The Demon"...
Townhouse, The
· The location where finishing touches were put on the Rock Hard vocal track in August 1988... Located in London, England...
Tree
· One of Paul Stanley's pre-KISS bands. c. 1969. Other band members included Stephen Coronel (Guitar), Marty Cohen (bass), and Stan Singer. Tree did not survive long.
Tree, The
· The name of Peter Criss' band with Mark St. John in the early 1990's. Demos were recorded but nothing ever resulted. Several of the songs were written by Peter, Mark and Phil Naro. Some of this material is planned to be recorded on a Mark St. John solo album.
Trerotola, Jeanette
· Jeanette Frehley's maiden name. Ace met her in 1970.
Trident Studios
· Location of finishing work on Paul’s 1978 solo album and the remixing of the tracks that appeared on Double Platinum... Located in London, England.
Troyer, Eric
· Background vocalist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Tunison, Ron
· Photographer who shot the picture used for the cover of the 1970 Chelsea album...
Turino, Paul
· Keyboardist in Flasher, Eric Carr's final pre-KISS band, Dec. 1979 to March 1980 who suggested that Eric should audition for KISS.
Tuttle, Lyle
· San Francisco tattoo artist responsible for Paul Stanley’s “Rose” tattoo in June 1974...
Tweed, Shannon
· Playboy model and Gene Simmons’ partner with whom he has two children.

U

Uncle Joe
· The band that Paul Stanley was in immediately after the demise of Tree in 1969. Uncle Joe was a trio which also featured Matt Rael (guitar) and Neil Teeman (drums). The band lasted until 1970. Gene Simmons assisted Uncle Joe in 1970 when the band had borrowed/rented some of his equipment for a gig.
Union
· The name of Bruce Kulick's post-KISS project featuring John Corabi, Brent Fitz, and James Hunting. Union were signed to the Mayhem Record Label. 1999 should see the release of a live album (May), followed sometime by a second studio album.

V

Van Halen
· Another band Gene Simmons discovered in 1976. Gene later used Alex and Eddie on his Love Gun demos in 1977.
Victor
· Japanese distribution label for Casablanca, 1975-9.
Vidal, Bernard
· Photographer who shot the picture used on the back cover of Animalize and the photographys used in the Asylum album. Bernard’s previous work included the original cover photography for Creatures Of The Night and Lick It Up...
Village Recorder, The
· The location of the recording of Hotter Than Hell in Los Angeles, CA...
Village Voice, The
· A New York paper which was used regularly by band members who placed adds looking for other musicians. Most famously, to KISStory, is the add Gene and Paul placed looking for a guitarist in December 1972 (this was the ad Ace Frehley responded to), but it is an earlier add Gene had placed which elicited a response from Paul Stanley, though nothing came of this first encounter.
Vincent, Vinnie
· KISS’ second guitarist, brought in as a replacement for Ace Frehley during the Creatures Of The Night recording sessions. Vinnie made an immediate impact with both his songwriting skills and musical abilities, well evident on both Creatures and Lick It Up. Unfortunately, personality clashes led to Vinnie having a short tenure with the band with him quitting/being fired at the end of the Lick It Up Tour in April 1984. From KISS he went on to form the Vinnie Vincent Invasion who released one fantastic and one mediocre album before half of his band split to form Slaughter. Since then Vinnie has been involved in several projects and has released one EP 1996...
Virgin
· A short lived band that Gene was responsible for producing in the late 1970's.
Vivona, Damien
· Vivona along with record distributor, Bruce Owen, and released a home video titled "Inside the Casbah" in 1994, a retrospective on Casablanca Records which included video material concerning KISS that had fallen into the public domain. However, he also trademarked the famous Casablanca Record & Filmworks logo, as well as Rock Steady!
Vogue
· French distribution label for Casablanca, 1976-9.
Vogue Magazine
· Magazine where Gene worked as an editorial assistant in 1972.

W

W.A.S.P.
· The LA band Ace Frehley produced demos for in 1983. 2 WASP studio albums also feature Bob Kulick.
Wagner, Dick
· Former Alice Cooper Band guitarist, who Bob Ezrin knew well, who provided the guitar solo for "Sweet Pain" on the Destroyer album. His participation came about due to Bob being unsatisfied with Ace's effort. Ace, naturally, was furious. Dick also alleges to have appeared on Revenge, but he can probably fight that one out with Vinnie!
Waldo, Jimmy
· Keyboardist and vocalist in Vinnie Vincent’s pre-KISS project Warrior... Jimmy was also a member of the Paul Stanley produced New England, and later appeared on Alcatraz and Quiet Riot albums as well as the 1994 Bob and Bruce Kulick involved Blackthorn project...
Walsh, Ed
· Synthesizer player on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Ward, Billy
· Drummer who replaced Anton Fig in Frehley’s Comet during the 1987 summer tour...
Warner Brother Records
· Initially, the distributor of Casablanca Records, which did not last past the early part of 1974.
Warrior
· Another of Vinnie Vincent’s pre-KISS bands, one which never released any material... Other members of this band included former New England (produced by Paul Stanley) members Hirsch Gardner, Gary Shea, and Jimmy Waldo.
Weiss, Mark
· Photographer responsible for the back cover photo on “You Wanted The Best” and the cover photo used in the logo on “Greatest KISS”...
Weissman, Mitch
· Mitch, of Beatlemania fame, along with Joe Pecorino, originally sang backing-vocals on 3 songs on Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album. Mitch would go on to write numerous songs with Gene, and others, appearing on albums as diverse as WOW and Keel along with performing "Remember Me" with Richie Scarlett on the 1997 "Return Of The Comet" Ace Frehleytribute album, ...
Werner, Steve
· Final drummer in the Ace Frehley Band before the KISS Reunion put solo projects on hold in 1996...
Wexler, Norman
· Photographer who shot the pictures used on the cover of the Crazy Joe album...
White Tiger
· Mark St. John's post-KISS band project which release a self-titled album in 1986. The band broke up while working on a second album in 1988.
Who Dares Wins
· A working title for the album that became "Crazy Nights". Some promotional material for the album with this title turned up in Japan...
Wick, Walter
· Photographer who shot the picture used for the cover of Crazy Nights...
Wicked Lester
· Gene and Paul’s first band which had any chance of success. With Stephen Coronel (later replaced by Ron Leejack), Tony Zarella, and Brooke Ostrander, Wicked Lester recorded two rather experimental albums, both of which were rejected by Epic Records. Afterwards Wicked Lester split up. Paul and Gene were trying to get together and new version of the band, and Peter joined Wicked Lester. The studio recordings have never officially surfaced, though they have long been available to collectors in bootleg form. Wicked Lester apparently only played live once, though there are conflicting comments about this.
Williams, Wendy O.
· Former member of the Plasmatics whose solo project heavily involved KISS members. Ace Frehley played guitar on one track and Eric Carr provides drums on one track. Paul also plays on one track while Gene produces the album. It is possible that Vinnie Vincent, who cowrites one track, (with Eric, Paul and Gene) also appears on one track, "It's My Life" which is alleged to be a KISS track with Wendy's vocals simply overdubbed. The album featured several other KISS-member cowritten tracks, including "Thief In The Night" which KISS would record in 1987. Sadly, Wendy committed suicide in 1998.
Winding, Jai
· Keyboardist on Peter Criss’ 1982 solo album, “Let Me Rock You”...
Wise, Richie
· Co-producer of KISS' first two studio albums, KISS and Hotter Than Hell, in 1974. More importantly, Richie was a performer in his own right, a member of the band Dust, who had been moderately successful in rock markets. He used to grimace while playing live, a picture of which was featured in a Cream special, which was spotted by Gene, who liked (and emulated) what he saw with the expressions! See also Kenny Kerner.
Wittman, Dave
· Engineer on numerous KISS recordings!
Witz, Chaim
· Gene Simmons’ real name. Refer to the entry for Gene Simmons.
Witz, Chaim and Florence
· Gene's parents, divorced. Florence Witz, a Hungarian, brought Gene to America in 1958, his father remains in Israel.
Wolfert, David
· Co-producer of Peter's 1980 solo album "Out Of Control" with Peter.
Worldwide Konvention Tour 1995
· KISS' Unplugged tour of 1995 which visited Australia and the domestic-US. Not only did they perform unusual sets of classic and rare material, the brought a mobile museum and gave a Q&A session. Peter Criss and Vinnie Vincent appeared at Konventions.

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Youngblood, Youngheart
· The title of a song Vinnie Vincent recorded for a film of the same name, featuring Rob Lowe, with Jeff Scott Soto in 1988. It was not used..
Young Doctor's In Love
· Movie, directed by Garry Marshall, in which Paul Stanley made his acting debut in 1982 as a rock star who had choked on his microphone. The film was a spoof on American daytime soap-operas and featured the likes of Demi Moore, Dabney Coleman, and Harry Dean Stanton, unfortunately, Paul's scene was later cut...



Z

Zarella, Tony
· Drummer in Wicked Lester who was hired because he looked like Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath!
Zeptune
· A flying instrumental track which Bruce played at Guitar Expos and recorded for "Guitar's Practising Musician Vol. 2" in 1990.
Zlozower, Neil
· Photographer responsible for the picture used on the 1985 reissue of Creatures Of The Night cover...
Zonana, Saul
· Bassist for Ace Frehley during the studio sessions in 1995 which resulted in the “Cherokee Boogie” instrumental for the Smell The Fuzz CD...


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