|Hello to KISS fans
everywhere around the world! My name is Jon
and I'm a 39-year old KISS
fanatic and collector from New York whose earliest memories include
Want You" at most family functions at the
tender age of 4. Thankfully, my older brother Cliff was a big fan, and
my initial exposure to the greatest band of all time. In fact, in 1975
he actually taped KISS
pictures to my baby crib, which for some reason my parents didn't know
or they would have probably disowned him. So that is why I can say I
was a fan almost literally from birth! Anyway, I
up listening to KISS
all the time, and was Ace
Frehley for Halloween every year in
school (but never won the costume contest). Paul's
solo album was the first KISS
record I ever actually bought for myself, while inheriting my brother's
vinyl collection in 1979 after he and his trend-happy cronies decided KISS
was no longer cool upon buying "Dynasty."
But I never gave up on them because I always felt that the notion of KISS
was so much bigger than just one album; so when the music strayed a bit
off course, I still knew that there was so much more coming from this
in the future that I never lost the faith. To those who skipped
out on the 80s KISS,
you missed a great time (R.I.P. Eric Carr)
but you've probably come around to warm up to now-classic gems like "I
Love It Loud" and "Lick It Up" on your local classic rock
station (err, rather satellite radio). And to those who kept
the faith, we were repayed for our loyalty ten-fold, starting with the
reformation and record-breaking 1996 reunion tour of the original
the exciting Psycho Circus
album/tour. Of course, we had the Farewell
2000 tour to enjoy, which never quite
but at some point after a few more summer tours, 3 kick-ass KISSOLOGY
DVD releases, and a brand new studio album in 2009, KISS
found a way to stay rather relevant throughout another
music clearly lives on, and all of the naysayers and critics who
it was a joke can only laugh at themselves now. All it takes is
listen to the new CD Monster
to realize the band is as solid as it has ever been, and their live
performances are still setting the bar for bands 25 years their
junior. Now 40 (!) years later, KISS
is the ultimate force to be reckoned with, and has achieved so much in
such a glorious, phenomenal and unique history.
Combine my deep passion for this band with an entrepreneurial spirit and you have the beginnings of the KISS ROCKS Fan Club. In late 1984, a simple eight-page black and white newsletter called KISS ROCKS debuted as one of the first KISS fanzines in an underground press that would soon expand tremendously. An ad in the back of a 1985 Circus magazine (coincidentally w/Paul on the cover, 2/28/85) started it all, and soon the membership grew to include fans in over 25 countries and almost all 50 states. Over the years I had the distinct pleasure and honor of conducting phone interviews with Eric Carr, Gene Simmons, Vinnie Vincent, and Bruce Kulick, as well as meeting all members of KISS past and present. I was also proud to see KISS ROCKS listed in the "thank you" section of the "Hot In the Shade" liner notes, where many KISS fanzines were applauded for their hard work. Fast forward to 2009 and I was absolutely thrilled that KISS ROCKS was included (and well-represented) in Gene Simmons' book 'The Ultimate KISS Fanzine Phenomenon 1976-2009' (pgs 88-89). It is a book like this that sums up exactly the relationship between the band and its fans. Highly recommended!!
The newsletter was a great way for me to express my passion and dedication for the band, and a perfect venue to share it with others. It also set the stage for some of the contacts and good friends I've made along the way with whom I still correspond and trade merchandise. The funniest thing about it all was that I never told anyone my real age, because being only 12 or 13 years old, I thought that I wouldn't be taken seriously (and I never gave anyone my phone number because my pre-pubescent voice would have surely given me away!) Anyway, after finishing high school in 1991 and getting ready to head off to college (with a slightly deeper voice), I decided to stop publishing the newsletter simply because I wouldn't have the time anymore to do the best job possible. So after 7 years, I stopped publishing KISS ROCKS but my love for the band certainly remained.
hosted their own conventions in 1995, my interest in the original
began to increase and I decided to build upon my already decent-sized
I started collecting anything and everything with the official KISS
logo on it, and soon had my own tables at many exciting KISS
conventions in 'rock cities' such as Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia,
Providence, Boston, Baltimore - and of course the always awesome Annual
New York/New Jersey KISS EXPO (including
the 2012 NY/NJ EXPO featuring special
guest PETER CRISS!).
lookout on this site's homepage, or you
can always visit www.kissasylum.com
for an updated list of all KISS
JON RUBIN @ 2006 NY/NJ KISS EXPO JON w/FELLOW FAN & MAJOR HELP GREG JENSEN...
AND A NEW UP-AND-COMING ASSISTANT!
The best part of it all? Between all of the EXPOs nationwide and the growth of this site over the past 15 years, I have met hundreds of great fans who I see over and over again, and have had a blast buying, selling, and trading with you all. I have also seen the band in concert 50+ times and always enjoy seeing friends and fellow collectors at the shows (click HERE for a complete list of every KISS show I have attended). I always enjoy meeting other KISS fanatics, and encourage you to E-MAIL me with any merchandise-related questions you may have, or just to chat about the band. Of course, please keep checking back for more updates, since I add new merchandise all of the time. Finally, thank you for reading this not-so-short history of who I am, why I love KISS, and why you can feel confident that you are dealing with a well-respected and legitimate fan service...
JON & CLIFF AT THE 2006 NY/NJ EXPO
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**Check out my newly-created list of every KISS show and official KISS event I've ever attended**
***Hope you saw VH1's 2004 all-KISS 1-hour special "WHEN KISS RULED THE WORLD", in which I received a 'Special Thanks' for being their unofficial consultant.***
Hangin' with Ace at his Birthday Bash in New Jersey the day before the 16th Annual NY/NJ EXPO, 4/27/02
At the Washburn booth with Paul at
the New York Custom Guitar Show, 1/9/00
Backstage at the Meadowlands, NJ, 6/28/00 with the Spaceman himself (the only photo I have of me with a band member in full make-up and costume!)
with Bruce Kulick backstage on the Revenge tour at the Capital Centre, Largo, MD, 10/18/92
Backstage at B.B. King's in NYC before Ace takes the stage, 10/26/11
and with the whole band!! 10/10/10 Madison Square Garden, NYC
It ain't KISS but it's pretty damn close to it...
Hanging with my friends in the awesome NYC tribute band KISSNATION, backstage at Don Hill's, NYC 4/21/04
PHOTO JUST FOUND!**
Mark Slaughter from the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION holding up a copy of his favorite KISS 'zine, KISS ROCKS! July 1988
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