KISS' official web site has posted images of the appoved pre-production samples of the four KISS solo album gold awards. They are being released by KISS licensee California Gold, who released several other KISS awards. Each title — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — will be released in a limited series of 2,500 units. The awards will be in the marketplace shortly, possibly before Christmas.
As previously reported, the "Kiss Alive! 1975 – 2000" box set sold just over 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 167 on next week's The Billboard chart.
"Kiss Alive! 1975-2000" comes with the first three "Alive" albums from 1975, 1977, and 1993, as well as the December 31, 1999 Millennium show from Vancouver, British Columbia, which was supposed to be "Alive IV" but was never released.
The first "Alive!" album was a landmark for the band, becoming their first gold record, but singer-bassist Gene Simmons told Launch that their label wasn't in favor of the idea. "We were on our last legs, Casablanca was gonna go belly-up," he said. "We didn't get paid for the album — in fact, when we told the record company we were gonna do a live record, they didn't want to do that, because live records didn't work. In those days, a live album was a liability. You did that after your career was over."
"Kissology", which is the first in a planned multi-volume series, features rare live footage of the band from their early days through the "Alive II" period. It was released on Halloween (October 31) and debuted a week later at No. 1 on the Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos chart.