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Kiss DVD Box Set Jumps Off the Shelves

By Newsferatu, Writer
Friday, November 10, 2006 @ 11:34 AM


The Best Selling First Week Ev

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Press release:

Kiss has proven once again to be the biggest, baddest, most triumphant show band in rock & roll history, debuting as the #1 music DVD of the week with KISSology: Volume One 1974-1977 — the first of a definitive three-part collection from VH1 Classic Records. The six-hour, 2-DVD box set sold over 52,000 copies in its first seven days of release.

This is the debut release from VH1 Classic Records and marks a substantial first success for the new imprint. The significant sales figures also mark a record for KISS as the best selling first week numbers for a KISS DVD ever and put this #1 Music DVD on pace to be one of the top selling music DVDs of the year.

Volume one is a MUST OWN hit that chronicles the beginning of a band that has lasted nearly 30 years. The set takes fans all the way back to the deep early roots of the band's classic line-up -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss – in a mind blowing 6 solid hours of vintage KISS captured and re-mastered on 2 state-of-the-art DVDs featuring more than 70 live performances and four full concerts bundled along with unreleased tracks and never-before-seen footage. Volumes Two and Three are being readied for release in 2007.

KISSology: Volume One 1974-1977 launched at retail on October 31 with a comprehensive push, including Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley serving as grand marshals in New York City’s annual Halloween parade and appearing on MTV’s TRL program. VH1 Classic also provided a full-court press on-air and online, including an exclusive interview special with Simmons and Stanley.

KISS is one of the Gold Record Award Winning bands and has sold 80+ million records throughout their career. The group has earned more than 55 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards since receiving its first gold record for "KISS Alive!" in 1975. KISS has performed more than 3500 concerts in front of nearly eighty million fans in virtually every country on planet earth.

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at www.vh1classic.com.

DVD Info:

Disc One of KISSology: Volume One 1974-1976 takes a look back at an early bar-band KISS (freshly risen from the shards of Wicked Lester) already thinking much bigger than any of their contemporaries. 1974 is covered with a live concert in Long Beach as well as KISS's televised appearances on ABC's "In Concert" and an interview/performance on "The Mike Douglas Show." By 1975, KISS was playing San Francisco's fabled Winterland, headlining NBC's "Midnight Special" and making videos for "C'mon & Love Me" and their signature "Rock and Roll All Night," all included on KISSology. In 1976, KISS came to Detroit for an incendiary concert at the Motor City's Cobo Hall, captured on Disc One of KISSology.

Disc Two of KISSology picks up the threads of 1976 with the band's interview and performance of 'Black Diamond' on So It Goes, a must-see and much-discussed interview and performance of 'King of the Nighttime World' on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, and personal band footage from May 1976. The 1977 material on Disc Two captures the band at the pinnacle of its international fame, performing to tens of thousands of fans at the legendary Budokan Hall in Tokyo in April '77 and, a little more than a month later, headlining Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Disc Two closes with scorching concert footage from The Summit in Houston, Texas on September 2, 1977, showing KISS laying down the creed that still beats at the heart of the band: Rock & Roll All Night and Party Every Day!!!

The footage is digitally-restored video coupled with a 5.1 audio mix to provide both stunning visual quality and powerhouse finely-detailed sound designed to meet the approval of the most demanding KISSmaniac.


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