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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our KISS-Peter Criss Los Angeles Sightings!

While in Los Angeles for our Meet & Greet and LA KISS Landmark Tour with Peter Criss we also planned to do our own KISS-Peter Criss LA sightings tour!
There are so much KISS & Peter Criss relelated sightings in LA, we knew we had to see as much of them as we could.

Our first sighting was @ the Raliegh Studio's where the album cover of Hotter Than Hell was shoot, it was a big loft with many studio's and also the LA KISS Expo was hold here. About 1 mile from here is the location of the Conway Studio's, here are the latest 2 KISS albums recorded: Sonic Boom & Monster! Next up was the Aquarius Theatre where KISS In Concert was taped for ABC back in the days. Followed by the Sunset Studio's where Peter Criss recorded his solo album from 1978!

One of the highlights was our next sighting; the Guitar Centre/Rockwalk. As every fan knows this is the location of the famous KISS handprints, aswell of the ones of Peter Criss & Ace Frehley. It was so cool to see these for ourselves and I had to try if my hands matched Peter's & Gene's, lol. Inside there are several KISS boots and gear to see, one of them is Peter's first snare drum! Next up was Gruman's Chinese Theatre, famous of the KISS dragon/lion photo shoot from 1976, also there was the premiere of the movie Detroit Rock City. Our next sightings where the former office of Casablanca Records & Filmworks and the shop where Paul Stanley got his tatoo from Lyle Tuttle back in the days.
When we drove further on Sunset Boulevard we came to our next 4 locations; the Viper Room where the KISS Monster Book had his premiere, next the Whiskey A Go Go and the Roxy. It's in this alley of the Roxy where the video has been filmed for Fire & Water, by Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley! The Rainbow Bar & Grill was often visited by Peter and he knew he made it when he finally could get upstairs to the room of the big boys. Our next sighting was the former Playboy building, famous for KISS photo shoot at the rooftop of the building in 1975!

We got very excited driving to our next 2 locations, always wanted these to see for sure! First up; Paul Stanley's home!

A very beautifull house located in the hills with a stunning view!
Another highlight for us on this tour.
You can guess what was coming up next...of course; Gene Simmons home!

I couldn't believe I was there, I got goosebumps all over my body.

After this our tour wasn't over yet, we headed over to the location what once Vincent Price home was, Peter stayed here when he was recording his solo album in '78. Our next stop was the shop who made the current KISS boots! Followed by another highlight of this tour; the KISS Star on Hollywood Boulevard!

Then we drove to the A&M Studio's, this is where the original 4 KISS members recorded their last track together; Detroit Rock City in 1999!
Next location was the Record Plant Studio's, where KISS recorded Creatures Of The Night and Paul his solo album from '78. For our 2 last sightings we had to drive for a little while, through Bevery Hills, we checked out Rodeo Drive and pulled up later to the former building of Village Recording. Here KISS recorded the Hotter Than Hell album! Our last location was the Plaza hotel, where KISS had their showcase for the bosses of Casablanca Records back in the day.

We had such a great time driving on the streets of Los Angeles and visited all those great sightings, it's KISStory!
Here are the photo's of our KISS & Peter Criss LA sightings, enjoy...

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Dan said...

I've to do this tour too the next time I'm in Los Angeles, looks like a lot of fun!

Ruud said...

Gaaf om dit te lezen, fantastisch!

Marc Holemans said...

Hoi Carol,

Ik dacht dat in Beverly Hills in die 'villa wijken' waar the stars wonen er een STOP verbod van kracht is. Dus je mag er niet stoppen en zeker niet uitstappen en foto's nemen. Normaal staat er binnen de 2 minuten een security auto die deze dingen in de gaten houden ? Heb het zelf meegemaakt in 2003.

Wel SUPER uiteraard dat het jullie wel gelukt is.



Rockhead said...

@ Mark; Wij hebben onze auto gewoon geparkeerd bij de overlooks en hebben ons gewoon vrij kunnen bewegen en rustig foto's kunnen maken...

Ty said...

Great that you did this, didn't know that there where so much Kiss related things to see in la.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol & Marina,
Zo te lezen hebben jullie weer een prachtige reis gemaakt met een van de hoogtepunten de La Peter Criss tour.Mooi fotoverslag.

Rockhead said...

@ Anonymous (Albert); Bedankt voor je reactie, het was fantastisch in LA, Gaan zeker nog een keer terug...

Vic said...

Nice, great tour you did!

Anonymous said...

Moet een geweldige ervaring zijn geweest! Mooi verslag

Kevin said...

Wow some great locations you've visited, would love to see the handprints some day.