Kiss is continuing its 40th anniversary with the KISSTERIA: The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case vinyl boxed set coming sometime this year. USA Today reports that the limited edition vinyl boxed set features 34 Kiss LPs including titles never previously issued on vinyl. The set boasts 19 studio albums, all five Alive releases, the four original Kiss solo albums and six exclusive vinyl discs that will not be sold individually, despite those tracks previously being released on vinyl compilations.
The set will also feature many extras including 11 posters (including the band’s first promo poster), a Kiss vinyl cleaning cloth, a Kiss turntable mat, Kiss dominoes and four band lithographs.
Dubbed as “the most insane KISS offering for MEGA FANS,” the set is only limited to 1,000 units worldwide and will be housed in an authentic Anvil Road Case. Although no price has been listed at press time, fans can sign up to be notified when the set is available for pre-order and get free shipping to the continental US.
As part of its 40th anniversary, the band is reissuing ten remastered albums individually on 180-gram vinyl starting April 1st with 18 more titles set to be unleashed by mid 2014. Fans can also expect a new 2 CD 40 track compilation “containing one track from every major album, plus live cuts and an unreleased demo from 1977” sometime in May.
The four original members — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanely, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th in New York. The band has made recent headlines for not reuniting with Criss and Frehley for a Rock Hall performance during the ceremony. The band issued a statement explaining their reasoning.
Today (March 18th), Billboard released an article in which Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation CEO Joel Peresman says that the decision about who to induct from any band is made by the Rock Hall’s nominating committee as well as an adjunct group of “scholars and historians” familiar with specific inductees and genres.
“This isn’t chemistry or physics; it’s not an exact science,” Peresman acknowledges. “Sometimes there’s an entire body of work up until (the artists) are inducted, other times it’s a specific period of time that established the band as who they are. With Kiss there wasn’t one person here who didn’t agree that the reason Kiss was nominated and is being inducted was because of what was established in the 70s with Ace (Frehley), with Peter (Criss), with Paul and Gene (Simmons). That’s what put them on that map.”
Paul Stanley took to kissonline.com shortly after the article made headlines to state, “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame continues to attempt to restore it’s questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths.”
He continues, “The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of ANY former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi platinum albums and worldwide tours and DIDN’T wear makeup.
“There is no getting around the reality that the Hall of Fame’s favoritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like goes as far as ASKING the Grateful Dead how many members THEY wanted the hall to induct and following their directive while also including a songwriter who was never in the actual band.
“Let’s just accept the truth as it is and move on.”
Kiss and Def Leppard announced a 40 city tour this summer on Monday with nearly 200 uniformed veterans and service men and women from the House Of Blues in West Hollywood.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.