KISS - Neil Bogart (December 26, 1973)From The Spotlight, The Spotlight is on You!
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KISS with Neil Bogart during the signing of their contract, and during their rehearsal before the New Years Eve concert, and their debut as a Casablanca Records Artist.
|Date:||December 26, 1973|
|Location:||New York, NY|
|Member Lineup Information|
||Guitar & Vocals:|| Paul Stanley ||Bass & Vocals:|| Gene Simmons ||Lead Guitar & Vocals:|| Ace Frehley ||Drums & Vocals:|| Peter Criss |
Information provided by: Jason Gallinger«
With KISS booked as a last-minute addition to the Academy Of Music's New Year's Eve concert, original KISS managers Bill Aucoin and Joyce Biawitz rented out the Fillmore East (now renamed Village East) as a rehearsal space for KISS to get ready for their "debut." Photographer Bob Gruen photographed a staged moment with KISS, Bill Aucoin & Joyce Biawitz, and Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart (in make-up, handcuffed to KISS' record contract) backstage.
(You can view the images 1, 3, 4,7,8 below, of which show Neil with the handcuffs on.)
KISS rehearsed at the Fillmore from December 26-December 30, under the watchful eye of Sean Delaney. This would be the first of three shows KISS would do where Paul Stanley had switched from the Star make-up to a design most fans refer to as The Bandit. Despite myths, this was done on request of Neil Bogart to get Paul to look more in line with the other three members of the band, who all had make-up around both eyes.
You can see that Paul is wearing the Bandit makeup in this photo's. (read more about it above)