On this day in KISStory - January 30, 1973, KISS performed their very first concert at Popcorn (The Coventry) in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people. Gene recalls how that show came about: 1973 was the beginning. Wicked Lester had just finished its album for EPIC RECORDS. There were five members in the band, including Paul and myself. Though we had a real recording contract with a major label, and though we had finished an entire album, we were depressed. It just wasn't what we had envisioned. So, we started again. We tried firing the other three guys in Wicked Lester, but some wouldn't leave. So, we quit. We started again with a vision. 'Let's put together the band we never saw on stage.' We got a manager named LOU LINET, who managed JF MURPHY AND FREE FLOWING SALT and DIANA MARCOVITZ (or something like that)...and when he heard the newborn baby -- KISS. He thought it was the worst crap he had ever heard. Needless to say, he was gone immediately. So, we were managerless. I put together a bio kit, while I worked at the Puerto Rican Interagency Council, as assistant to the Director. Peter's friend owned a printing press and printed up our invites. But, where to play? We didn't have a manager. We didn't have an agent. We never had. I made a phone call cold to a place called Popcorn in Queens, NY and on the phone convinced the guy to hire a band, who would soon be changing their name from WICKED LESTER to KISS. We got the gig -- three nights -- Wed, Thurs and Fri for the sum total of $150. That was the beginning. KISS Like Share Andres Camargo, Andres Camargo, Mark Ueberroth and 796 others like this. 46 of 136 View previous comments Lorenzo Stau great story January 30, 2010 at 3:50pm Like Alejandro Miguez sick man - great story January 30, 2010 at 4:43pm Like Cheyenne Bizon shall we celebrate evreybody? XDD January 30, 2010 at 5:05pm Like Natalie Mairs That's amazing! 09-05-2010! Scotland welcomes KISS!!! January 30, 2010 at 5:07pm Like Ibn Farad tan horror :D:D:D:D January 30, 2010 at 5:34pm Like Seb Lebel KISSTORY IS A VERY GOOD STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:P January 30, 2010 at 5:49pm Like David Pinchefsky Please join our Paul Stanley interactive facebook page. enjoy http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61493172750&ref=mf January 30, 2010 at 5:52pm Like Justin Filley i love the first kiss album . te idiea of kiss was their image and not let peole see their faces without makeup. acefrehely and i have the same birthday month . i love the fact that kiss is till around. you gota love the makeup and the plattform heels. i give the first kiss album 6 stars. ya baby. who doesnt love kiss. January 30, 2010 at 6:10pm Like Keith Hennessey FINALLY SOMETHING ABOUT THE ORIGINAL FEARSOME FOURSOME!!! THE COVENTRY SHOW'S ARE LEGENDARY... January 30, 2010 at 6:32pm Like Krystofer Batsell ya only 3 people January 30, 2010 at 6:35pm Like Chris Schumacher Well said,Justin! I will also give Kiss debut 6 stars!! I think it is great that after almost four decades,This band still kicks fuckin ass!! I would prefer that it was still Pete and Ace,but this isnt a perfect world. KEEP ROCKIN KISS!!! January 30, 2010 at 6:39pm Like Gerard Stevens As far as I know, Manowar has the record for loudest band right now. January 30, 2010 at 6:43pm Like Saphire Tillmon KISS RULEZ!!!!!! HAPPY KISS ANIVERSERY!!!!! January 30, 2010 at 6:47pm Like Gerard Stevens motorhead and the swans "unofficially" louder. January 30, 2010 at 6:56pm Like Fifi Larue I would have loved to see that more then... then the bullshit Big Screen Crap they got going on Now!:( January 30, 2010 at 7:24pm Like Teresa Johnson So Glad that changed their makeup.......but I bet they never dreamed of being an "icon" for American youths. God Bless kiss for giving us the music!! We love you! January 30, 2010 at 7:49pm Like Keila Murgas superrr January 30, 2010 at 8:10pm Like John Luis Sasot you rocks my world January 30, 2010 at 8:18pm Like Cambaceres Mariah they were too young January 30, 2010 at 8:34pm Like Ryan Ward =*) im so proud of KISS January 30, 2010 at 8:43pm Like James Fish ROCK ON!!!!! January 30, 2010 at 8:43pm Like Ivanna Barrios Kiss! January 30, 2010 at 9:06pm Like Chris McIntosh THAT WAS JUST THE START OF THE INFAMOUS BAND KNOWN AS KISS!!!!! January 30, 2010 at 9:33pm Like Jhon Muoz the begin of a legend... January 30, 2010 at 9:46pm Like Vincent Rincon 10 people then. WOW. The KISS Army is Alive and well today. January 30, 2010 at 10:06pm Like Preston Michaels Damn 37 years of Kiss someone is getting old thank god it ain't me. January 30, 2010 at 11:02pm Like Robert Ramon SWEET! Two weeks after the day I was born! KISS is awesome because of ME!! January 30, 2010 at 11:30pm Like Rafael A Rohena Love it, the Original Band! I miss those guys! January 30, 2010 at 11:49pm Like Frank J. Torres good story!! January 31, 2010 at 12:22am Like Keith Karon kiss belongs in the music hall of fame and rand r a roll hall of fame i diots keep them out in 73 i was 7 and allready to rock and roll all night and party everyday rock January 31, 2010 at 3:45am Like Adam Bernhardsson What an incredible rock journey! January 31, 2010 at 3:58am Like Kenneta Daynes I want so bad to see a KISS concert. Love you guys January 31, 2010 at 7:14am Like Dale Gunn Wow... Thanks For That! January 31, 2010 at 7:20am Like Cambaceres Mariah awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! January 31, 2010 at 7:55am Like Giancarlo Marino I was there. January 31, 2010 at 7:55am Like Curtis C. Fortin awsome January 31, 2010 at 9:46am Like Patrick Lovato That is my birthday!! 1-30-73 me and KISS were born!! January 31, 2010 at 1:54pm Like Phil Fiumano The Dream is Real just goes to show everyone that you can make it happen ! KISS ROCKS ! Phil January 31, 2010 at 11:22pm Like Caleah Stewart I like KiSS -I like GeneSimmons..I remember his first movie that he appeared in. I was impressed with his acting as well as his vision. He wasn't going to be just a Rock & Roll star. He has proved to be one brilliant man. February 1, 2010 at 12:14am Like Greg LeMaster I think I'm getting a little misty right now.... February 1, 2010 at 12:31am Like Mrcio Resende It's really unbelieveble! Awsome! February 1, 2010 at 2:18am Like David Pinchefsky Please join our Paul Stanley facebook page. This page rules! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61493172750 February 1, 2010 at 9:27am Like Fernando Lemus Saw them in Oakland, CA this past November, will see them in Zurich, Switzerland, this coming May... February 1, 2010 at 2:48pm Like Andres Camargo the best kiss of 1973 kiss forever February 1, 2010 at 8:05pm Like David Pinchefsky Please join our Paul Stanley facebook page. Thank you http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=61493172750 February 2, 2010 at 9:09am Like SeBas FloRez HRRRFRTTGFTY4RHB February 4, 2010 at 1:33pm Like KISS Write a comm


Crews Partners With Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons To Open Second Airport Location of Rock-Inspired Restaurant

Today, Crews, a premier retailer and food and beverage operator at top airports, announced plans to open a second Rock & Brews at LAX.  The rock-inspired restaurant founded by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS will open to travelers in the fourth quarter of this year as part of the $508 million overhaul of Terminal 1 that is being spearheaded by Southwest Airlines in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Westfield. The first Rock & Brews at LAX opened in Terminal 5 in October 2013, and in 2014 generated record sales.

“We are thrilled to add a little rock style excitement to the travel experience of Southwest Airlines guests in Terminal 1,” said Stanley and Simmons in a joint statement.  “It is an honor to partner with Crews, Southwest Airlines, Westfield and Los Angeles World Airports to make this happen.”

Rock & Brews is a family-friendly restaurant and entertainment concept that offers quality American comfort food and a full bar with a broad selection of craft beers in an engaging environment that celebrates classic rock and roll and encourages a multigenerational sense of community.



KISS will return to Japan with five concerts in February / March 2015!

KISS Japan Tour Dates:

Feb 23 - Nippon Gaishi Hall - Nagoya
Feb 25 - Osaka Castle Hall - Osaka
Feb 26 - Hiroshima Sun Plaza - Hiroshima
Feb 28 - Sekisui Heim Super Arena - Sendai
Mar 3 - Tokyo Dome - Tokyo

Momoiro Clover Z will be special guests at the Tokyo Dome show only.

An online ticket pre-order will begin Tuesday, November 18th on e+. Visit http://udo.jp for full details.

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