The former Skid Row frontman is a shameless Kiss fanatic – and he’s got the record collection to prove it
The Skid Row legend really likes Kiss. Like, really…
WOW, THIS IS A SHIT-TON OF KISS RECORDS! WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?
“I really don’t know where to start!
I mean, I have a lot of Kiss records. A lot of them. I can’t say how many in total because I’ve never counted them, but I have hundreds and hundreds of them. To give you an idea, I have about 17 copies of Kiss Alive! Ha ha ha!”
LET’S START FROM THE BEGINNING THEN: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EVER KISS RECORD?
“The first record I ever got was from my dad at Christmas time. It was Kiss Alive! and it’s actually a very rare copy from Canada because it has three Casablanca Film Works labels and then the last side is a camel Kiss label. There are different labels from different countries – that really is a whole huge other article, though… Ha ha ha! The first Kiss label is a blue Bogart label; Humphrey Bogart was the Casablanca image that they used on the first pressings of their albums and those are the most collectible.”
WhaT maKes a gOOd find?
“I’m looking for
‘hot pressings’. Different plants and different mastering sessions produce different copies of records and each pressing sounds different. One of the most coveted Kiss pressings is the Robert Ludwigmastered version of Alive! Robert Ludwig was one of the famous mastering guys in the 70s and he was known to have more bottom end to his mastering work. The best Kiss record that I have, sound-wise, is probably the first album, whitelabel promo that I got at the Record Parlour in Hollywood. It’s a copy of the first Kiss record that came out before the first Kiss record. It just sounds so primal!”
DO YOU KEEP THEM ALL PRISTINE IN THEIR PACKAGING?
“I don’t collect vinyl to look at them or keep them hidden away, I crank them! I have a Vinyl Wino club – me and my buddies get together and listen to vinyl and drink wine at the same time. When I pull out that first white-label Kiss record, late at night, in the Vinyl Wino sessions, we’re jumping off the couch, getting the tennis rackets out and playing air guitar.”
IS THERE A MOBY DICK OF KISS VINYL THAT YOU’VE YET TO HUNT DOWN?
“Yes. There are three that I really want. I love the promo copies and what I am looking for is the Hotter Than Hell US promo, Dressed To Kill US promo and Alive! US promo. I don’t have any of those three. I do have the Hotter Than Hell promo from Japan, which I ordered when I was drunk one night on eBay and I wanted to give myself a gift. It was one button away, so I pressed it. You gotta be careful on eBay…”
WHERE DO YOU TYPICALLY SCORE THESE HARD-TO-FIND RECORDS?
“When I’m touring, I get to play towns like Buford, Georgia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Hampton, New Hampshire. So if I have a day off in a new town, I’ll find a record store and that’s where you find the treasures. Because they don’t often see a dude like me coming in there. I’m like a locust! I fucking come in and raid and pillage that record store.”
WHAT’S YOUR LATEST FIND?
“At The Rainbow, I did an interview last week with Eddie Trunk and a fan showed up with Kiss En Vivo from Mexico or somewhere in South America – totally rare record – and Kiss Killers, from Japan, which I never had, but I do now, just because the guy saw that I was going to be at The Rainbow and he brought them to me. That happens all over the world, so I’m very lucky. A very lucky record collector!” FOR THE LATEST SEBASTIAN BACH INFORMTION, HEAD OVER TO WWW.SEBASTIANBACH.COM
“I HAVE 17 COPIES OF ALIVE!”
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