Awesome interview from Gene Simmons a few days before the Ritz 1988 show in NY. The show is broken up into 2 parts due to having to flip over the cassette tape. This interview is very long. (Around 1hour 15in)
Gene actually mentions the Kisstory photo book in this interview. I had no idea they were thinking of this that far back.
Before I headed off to the concert that night I taped Gene Simmons on local radio station WROQ.
Nothing earth shattering to hear except the high pitch squeals of teenage girls trying to get free tix. Of course this was pre-internet so at the time it gave me goose bumps.
What I didn't know at the time was Gene brought 5 Crazy Nights album flats autographed by the band to the station. They were supposed to be given out on the air that day. Somehow they forgot about them and were tucked behind the door to the sound booth.
One of my friends who worked in radio happen to hear about it from a friend and snagged an autographed 12x12 for me. It's my only Eric Carr autograph in my collection.
This is a rare interview with Mark Slaughter and Vinnie Vincent 5 days before they broke up and went separate ways. It was recorded in Raleigh North Carolina on 7/30/1988. LA Guns had just left the tour after having it out with Vinnie. The interview starts out with just Mark as Vinnie is out handling "legal matters" but shows up about 10 min into it. (Probably talking to his lawyer about how to fire everyone.)
This might very well be the very last VVI interview given before breaking up.
This flier is from the night after Raleigh in which I saw VVI in Charlotte NC. VVI played a full set with extended solo from Vinnie. After the last encore Vinnie went to the bus and the rest of the band played Lick It Up. Dana Strum was given a demo tape in the parking lot from a local band called White Heat. Dana was unable to secure them a recording contract but Jon Bon Jovi did. The next year they changed their name to Firehouse and had platinum success.