PAUL STANLEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARMED FORCES AS KISS LAUNCH 'MONSTER' BOOK IN LONDON 4th July 2012
Ahead of tonight's one-off show at Kentish Town Forum, Kiss were in London yesterday to launch their new book, 'Monster', a book that is set to break records as the biggest rock book ever published.
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer held court at the very plush Arts Centre in Dover Street, W1 and as well as providing an insight into how the book came about, Paul gave a stirring tribute to the Armed Forces. Tonight's gig at The Forum is primarily to make it up to fans for this year's Sonisphere Festival cancellation and will also benefit the Help For Heroes charity.
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The 'Monster' book is three foot tall and weighs four stone, making it the largest music book ever published, and features unseen photographs from the band's 40-year career, all of which are exceptional quality. Only 1,000 special editions will be made and signed by the band and the book will retail at $4,299 (£2,742).
Paul Stanley commented: "Anyone who has experienced a Kiss performance knows the bigger, louder and heavier, the better! The sheer size of the images the book contains means that the level of detail, vibrancy and intimacy is incredible, bringing the Kiss experience alive.
"Some of the close-up photographs are, quite literally, larger than life! This is the closest any fan could ever get to their heroes without an access-all-areas pass.
"You could call it a coffee table book, but if you put legs on it is a coffee table."
When asked if the band were thinking of 'calling it a day' anytime soon, Gene Simmons commented: "How do I put this in French? Are you fucking kidding me? We're having the time of our lives!"
Gene also commented on the book, saying: "It's not a cheap book because it is hand bound, hand put together. It's the Rolls-Royce of books."