KISS' 'I' VIDEO FINALLY SEES THE LIGHT - WATCH IT HERE 13th February 2017
A new Kiss video has seen the light of day and it's one that has been a bit of a Holy Grail for fans. It's from the 1981 album 'Music From The Elder' and it's the music video for the single 'I' which was shot on Halloween 1981.
According to Kiss fan lore, it was deemed a bad idea to release the video at the time due to a poor reaction to the album and a negative reaction to the post-production viewing by the band and record company, Casablanca, but it's seen the light now and here it is, premiered on a special edition of the Kiss My Boots podcast.
According to Decibel Geek, the first inkling of the 'I' video's existence came when an online auction popped up last year, held by Curt Gooch, an author and Kiss super collector. Gooch had come into ownership of the only existing U-Matic tape that contained the 'I' video as well as the previously released 'A World Without Heroes' video.
Gooch promoted the tape auction on some podcasts and Kiss message boards and was asking $25,000.00, for which he earned a fair bit of online mocking. He actually threatened to set fire to the tape if he didn't get his asking price but ended up auctioning the tape to KISSFAQ website/podcast owner and author Julian Gill for a more reasonable sum.
Last week Gill surprisingly put the tape back on the auction block on eBay. In a thread on his KISSFAQ message board Gill, when questioned why he was selling the tape, responded: "I had hoped to leverage it, I failed miserably. Therefore I have no further use for it and hopefully it'll find a home with a collector who will enjoy having it."
Yesterday, Sunday 12th February, the auction had been taken down.
And now the Kiss My Boots podcast has released the 'I' video in full (with watermarks) with no firm details about how it came into their possession.
It's something from Kiss' history that many thought would never be seen.
Kiss hit Europe in May with dates as follows:
Monday 1st May 2017: Olympiski, Moscow
Thursday 4th May 2017: Hartwell Arena, Helsinki
Saturday 6th May 2017: Tele2 Arena, Stockholm
Sunday 7th May 2017: Spektrum, Oslo
Tuesday 9th May 2017: Forum Horsens, Horsens
Wednesday 10th May 2017: Scandinavium, Gothenburg
Friday 12th May 2017: Westfallenhalle, Dortmund
Saturday 13th May 2017: Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart
Monday 15th May 2017: Pala Alpitour, Torino
Tuesday 16th May 2017: Unipol Arena, Bologna
Thursday 18th May 2017: Olympiahalle, Munich
Saturday 20th May 2017: BVV, Brno
Sunday 21st May 2017: Stadthalle, Vienna
Tuesday 23rd May 2017: Festhalle, Frankfurt
Wednesday 24th May 2017: Ahoy, Rotterdam
Saturday 27th May 2017: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 28th May 2017: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 30th May 2017: Manchester Arena, Manchester
Wednesday 31st May 2017: o2 Arena, London