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)

Originally published September 13, 2013 at The Los Angeles Beat

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…

 

About Nikki Kreuzer

Nikki Kreuzer has been a Los Angeles resident for more than half of her life. When not working her day job in the film & TV industry, she spends her time over many obsessions, mainly music, art and exploring the oddities of the city she adores. So far she has written 100 Offbeat L.A. articles, which she started in 2013 while writing for The Los Angeles Beat. She has also been published in the LA Weekly, Oddee.com, Twist Magazine, Strobe and Not For Hire. Nikki is also is a mosaic artist, working actor and published photographer. As part of the band Nikki & Candy, she plays bass, sings and is co-writer. Find Nikki & Candy music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and other music sites. Nikki is currently working on her first novel. Please "like" the Offbeat L.A. Facebook page! For more Offbeat L.A. photos & adventures follow @Lunabeat on Instagram.
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