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    KISS 1973 "Rock & Roll Ball" Concert Poster, Hotel Diplomat, New York City An original cardstock window card advertising KISS in concert at the Hotel Diplomat in New York City on Friday, August 10, 1973. Opening acts were Street Punk and Luger. Admission was just $3.00 for all three bands.

    This was Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at their youngest and hungriest. Just the year before, Stanley and Gene Simmons had been in a band called Wicked Lester. In the fall of '72 Peter Criss joined on drums, and then in January '73 Ace Frehley came aboard to round out the band. On January 30, the boys first played the Popcorn Club at the time, which was soon renamed Coventry. Weeks later they decided to call themselves KISS.

    This was KISS's second appearance at the Hotel Diplomat; in this auction we're also selling the handbill from their first appearance there the previous month.

    Simmons called the Diplomat "a hotel for hookers and junkies," but it gave the band a much-needed venue to find their footing in their first year together. The venue hosted everyone from the MC5 in 1969 to the Police in 1979, and KISS and the New York Dolls in between.

    Not long after this midsummer gig they hired their first manager, and on November 1 became the first act signed to Casablanca Records, which would become a legendary 1970's record label. Touring? KISS wouldn't start doing that for full half-a-year after this show.

    Poster measures 9 3/8 x 16 1/4" and is in Near Mint condition. Only an invisible tiny corner crease in the upper right, and a likewise crease in the white above the "O" in Rock & Roll, keeps this from perfection. There are also small printer's flaws in the top headline... white marks in "R" of "Rock," "O" of "Roll" and the first "L" in "Ball." COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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