Offbeat L.A. event: KISS at Barnes & Noble- I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite and Sell Merch Everyday…

Young KISS fans wait to meet Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Young KISS fans wait to meet Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

These boots are definitely NOT made for walking (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

These boots are definitely NOT made for walking (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Strangeness often happens when fandom is taken to an obsessive level. Nowhere is that more evident than with the rock band KISS. Masters of marketing and licensing since the early days of the KISS Army, bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley have a hard earned rep for merchandise promotion. From the obvious toys and action figures to Christmas ornaments, ashtrays, beach towels and fleece Snuggies you can bet if there is a way to market it with a KISS logo, Demon Gene will find a way.

Live and in person... (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Live and in person… (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

So the release of a new book about the band is not necessarily revolutionary in the KISS universe, but it is definitely welcome. Simmons alone has authored half a dozen tomes and Paul Stanley is the only one of the four original members who has yet to publish a long awaited salacious autobiography. Apparently Paul is working on his book now. In order to publicize the release of the most recent KISS book, Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS 1972-1975 co-written by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, a book signing was held this past Thursday evening at Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. KISS obsessed Angelenos showed up in droves and the count numbered into the hundreds as the line wrapped around the block. Several fans wore costumes, but the majority pledged their allegiance with band t-shirts, caps or even KISS franchised leggings.

Paul Stanley (right) and Gene Simmons (left) greet their fans (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Paul Stanley (right) and Gene Simmons (left) greet their fans (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley greeted those who patiently waited and signed copies of their newly released book. In order to keep the line moving, photo ops with the band members unfortunately were not an option. The Barnes & Noble staff clamped down hard on anyone who tried. Still, the event was a surreal peek into the world of zealous fandom. As more than a bit of a KISS geek myself, I have to report that the line was worth the wait; but then again I was near the front. Not only did I get to meet Paul and Gene, but my signed copy of Nothin’ to Lose looks pretty cool as well…

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Nikki Kreuzer

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for over 30 years. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring & photographing the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 110 Offbeat L.A. articles, published at the Los Angeles Beat. As a journalist she contributes regularly to LA Weekly, Blurred Culture and has also been published by Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also a mosaic artist, radio DJ and published photographer. Her photography has been featured in exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art, in print at the LA Weekly and in exhibit at the Neutra Museum in Los Angeles. She has recorded with the band Nikki & Candy as bassist, vocalist and songwriter, directing and appearing in the 'Sunshine Sunshine Santa Claus' music video for the band. She co-hosted the monthly radio show Bubblegum & Other Delights on Dublab.com for over two years. Her acting credits include a recent role in the ABC-TV show 'For The People', 'Incident at Guilt Ridge', 'Two and a Half Men', the film 'Minority Report' and 'Offbeat L.A.', a web series, written and hosted by Nikki Kreuzer. Her writing, radio and video portfolio can be found at OffbeatLA.com, her photography work @Lunabeat on Instagram and her music history posts @NikkiKreuzer on Twitter. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon or at NikkiandCandy.com.
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1 Response to Offbeat L.A. event: KISS at Barnes & Noble- I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite and Sell Merch Everyday…

  1. AdamtFindlay says:

    I didnt know you were workin on a novel, cool, Adam

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