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    KISS 1973 Very Early Handbill Opening for The Brats in NYC An original yellow-paper concert flyer advertising "A Rock & Roll Ball" at the Hotel Diplomat in New York City on Friday, July 13, 1973 featuring The Brats, KISS before they had a manager or record deal, and Planets, all for just $3.00.

    This is one of two concert pieces we have on KISS in this auction, both featuring very early gigs in the summer of 1973 at the Hotel Diplomat in NYC and both titled "Rock & Roll Ball," with this being the handbill and the other one a poster from six weeks later.

    This one is interesting because it shows the future rock gods who would later pack arenas worldwide for decades sandwiched between The Brats and Planets. Everyone has to start somewhere.

    The Hotel Diplomat had presented jazz greats in the 60's such as Miles Davis, heavy metal with Detroit's MC5 in the late 60's and glam with the New York Dolls in 1972, among countless other acts.

    Rick Rivets founded the band which became the Dolls after he departed, and then he formed The Brats this year, which probably accounts for their headlining status at the Diplomat. KISS actually opened for the Brats several times in this seminal period of theirs.

    KISS, without a manager or booking agent yet, booked the Diplomat themselves for some of their earliest New York dates well before the release of their first album in February 1974. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". In Near Mint Minus condition with toning in the upper portion. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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