Fin Costello : "I had only moved to the U. I had been shooting the Brecker Bros at Todd Rundgren 's studio that afternoon so I had the cameras with me. I have often described it as being akin to the Gates of Hell or Dante's Inferno.
They were doing the first number when we came into the back of the theatre and I had never seen anything like it. Smoke, flames, etc. See the first tour programme for the pictures from that gig. The costume and makeup were perfect for the scary theatrical show they had conceived.
They liked them and brought the band in to see them. Kiss Kollector Online : Did the band ever thank you for the inspiration and everything, or perhaps award you with a gold record?
Fin Costello : "Yes, they did, and I had a gold disc, but it was stolen from my studio at a party there in the '80s along with a Michael Jackson one.
Kiss Kollector Online : Who decided not to take the photo at the actual live show at the Cobo Hall, but at the empty Michigan Palace instead? Fin Costello : "Michigan Palace was a rehearsal place then a Victorian music hall and home gig of the STOOGES and the MC5now a car park where we shot a promo film and did the publicity shots for the album which was to be recorded the next day at Cobo. At that time we were just shooting every idea that came to mind.
I was still thinking we would get the cover shot at the actual gig. Kiss Kollector Online : What can you tell me about the photo on the album's back cover? Fuelled by comments from the late Sean Delaneyfans have wondered for quite some years now whether that photo was really taken at LP) big KISS show or not. Sean once told me that he took you along with the big banner to a sold-out STYX show to get some good shots for the back cover.
Before someone starts believing in a conspiracy theory, please set the record straight for once and for all… Did you take the photo at the Cobo Hall or any other KISS show?
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Shot at the southwest corner of 23rd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City as part Kiss - The Beacon Theatre 1975 (Vinyl a photo novella he was doing for Creem magazine with the band liking the results enough to use the shot. In normal, if ill-fitting street attire, it established the first super-power suggestions, Kiss - The Beacon Theatre 1975 (Vinyl, in relation to their image, akin to Clark Kent's transformation into Superman. Other shots from these sessions show the humor the band had with "Superman changing in the phone booth" sequences that were originally being shot for a photo layout in Cream magazine.
If Casablanca was struggling as a corporate entity, it certainly wasn't shown with the packaging of the album. No expense would be spared with the embossed logo effect on the initial pressing. Grimly determined, the band pushed through the sessions and completed the recording of the album in time to perform a cluster of three shows in the Midwest, Feb.
On March 19,"Dressed To Kill" was released. The Billboard review from the April 5 issue of the magazine noted the change in direction for the band: "Theatrical hard rock group have refined their technique a bit and come up with a set that is commercial throughout. Basically a collection of potential singles, the quartet should finally find their mark with the LP.
Having made the charts several times in the past with material not up to the quality shown here, this basically metallic rock set which also shows a few quieter moments should end up Kiss - The Beacon Theatre 1975 (Vinyl the major breakthrough for the four. Expect strong FM response at first, and don't discount a Top 40 hit here. The other single from the album, "C'mon And Love Me," flopped, failing to hit the top on either chart.
For some reason both singles had the same B-side, "Getaway. It seemed that even though the album sounded less crunchy and more radio friendly, the band simply could not break nationally.
Two days following the release of the album the band played two sold out sets as headliners at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, with Jo Jo Gunne opening. These shows were strictly a result of Aucoin's skills of persuasion since a larger promoter in the area had refused to touch the band for any events. It certainly was not the norm at this time for KISS to have sell-outs as a headliner. While it was only 4, seats, this was the first real taste of headliner status for the band that had played the supporting role for long enough and were tired of being told by the headliners what they could or could not do onstage and having for so long been limited to eight songs a night as openers.
And confirmed their status as a genuine headline group and played the same ordinary rock as before.
The only new addition being "C'mon And Love Me" since "She" had already been part of the set since the beginning. Early during the tour the first step toward what became a historic album was taken when the band recorded their show at Detroit's Cobo Hall.
It would be from this show that much of the live album would be culled. Even at this early stage the idea for a live album was starting to be developed. LP) happened for several reasons: With the band getting offers from other labels, it was in their best interests to conclude their obligations to their Casablanca contract in the easiest way possible.
This meant that live material was more disposable than if they had written a forth album of studio material. There was also the issue that the band had always sold well in the concert context. They just did not relate well in terms of the record sales they generated. A live release was also seen as commemorative of the KISS tours up to that point. Casablanca also saw the recordings as useful, as their golden boys had not ignited sales for the young label.
As a result where it would be beneficial for KISS to honor their obligations with their contract, so too would it be useful for the contract to be completed is Casablanca's eyes. Following which either party could walk away. Once the album was out, the band returned to their hardworking ethos of tour, tour, tour, but in this case the band were trying to make the transition to headliner status before really having the sales status to do so.
While the band would not take a break until August when they did "clean-up" work on the live recordings, the "Dressed To Kill" tour was mostly uneventful. However, the set changed little from the previous tour overall. On April 1 the band made their first major appearance on national television since mid, recording 4 songs for NBC's "Midnight Special. The fourth recording, "C'mon and Love Me," never aired.
Like the previous two albums "Dressed To Kill" didn't break the band, yet finally scoring a top album was another step in the right direction.
The album reached a high position on the album charts of 32 on June 16, during a run of 29 weeks. This was nearly the same as the chart time of the first two albums combined. The album was also the only of the pre-"Alive! This additional charting of the album was limited to a nine-week run with a high position ofwhich was nothing to get too excited about, but nice enough nonetheless following the years of effort.
One thing that was clear was that the band was not having any success presenting studio albums recorded as close as possible to the live sound the band presented on stage. The turmoil that had started the year was somewhat ironed out and the band starting to headline concerts. Compared with the first two albums, regardless of success levels, there was something of a feeling of momentum starting to build. The success of the album is perhaps best summed up by the fact that it was the first of the pre-"Alive!
Yet following the lack of a major reception to the album, it was time for a new idea for the band. In terms of collectibility there is a great deal of interesting album memorabilia available.
This is a direct result of many international KISS catalogs coming online in The first of these came with a cover overlay picture found in three varieties: Silver song-lettering in English; white, unprinted song-lettering in English; or a cover without any listing of the song title in English.
Both of these early KISS singles is available as promotional issues, with white labels, in addition to the regular release versions with the blue Bogart label. Both of these singles would be reissued in Japan with the "Filmworks" label by Victor in Both use slightly modified covers to reflect the new call letters and increased pricing of the singles, which were VIP andrespectively.
The "C'mon And Love Me" reissue has a cover sheet available in either rough or smooth stock paper. These reissues seem to have been released in even smaller quantities than the original issue and can be extremely hard to find.
The call letters of the EPs indicate that they were released early in the year soon after the solo singles came out. The album, itself was the first domestically released KISS album in Japan, and also carries a premium.
With a rather plain, mostly text, obi, the album was released in July with the original call letters SWX Most of Europe followed the release of "Dressed To Kill" having played catch-up, issuing material from the first album in the earlier part of the year.
These and other EMI-distributed releases in the UK are the rarest items in the UK catalog due to the low quantities issued in a market that was not ready for the band's image perhaps that market never was ready. Issued with a picture sleeve and backed with "Getaway.
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