If you are reading this as it first posts let me share that I am currently down South in the Myrtle Beach part of South Carolina paying a visit to some family who have relocated there. It’s a lovely spot for sure and just yesterday while driving around I noticed the Hard Rock Cafe on a section known as “Broadway On The Beach”. This is a very popular area and its got tons of shops and restaurants to sample. It was also the location of the no longer in business KISS coffeehouse. Anyway, since I was so close to the HRC, I decided to drop in and see what KISS items that they might have since I love sharing that kind of stuff on the blog. Here we go.
The first sight that I had was this video animation screen that showcased our favorite band and numerous other things in the Cafe. This was right outside the gift shop and since it was very early in the day I was able to wander with ease and not disturb any diners.
The next thing I saw was the new t-shirt that KISS and the Hard Rock Cafe had partnered up on. I showcased this item on blog post when I first saw it in Times Square several weeks ago. Yes I bought one that night as well but I think most of you would expect that of me 🙂
Fortunately I ran into a manager and was able to inquire as to where any KISS stuff might be located and that is a better option that wandering around the entire place without a clue and he took me over to a private room not unlike the one I have been to a few events in NYC in. There was the select choice things that they had featuring KISS and the first was probably my favorite of them all since it showcased “The Return Of KISS” and featured the “Dynasty” album art. This tour was special to me because it was my very first concert ever. Yep, I saw one of the two nights that KISS played at Madison Square Garden way back before so many of you were born. Thinking about the experience still makes me smile. Sadly I do not have this ticket stub in my collection. Hopefully you can see that this poster is signed by the original four members. The lighting here was tricky and I had to bypass the use of flash.
This unmasked photo of Paul Stanley could have come from any number of the bands non-makeup era concert tours but I’ll venture to guess that this hails from the “Asylum” tour. What do you think?
Here’s one of Ace Frehley who was no longer a member of KISS at this time. This likely is from his second effort with his band Frehley’s Comet. Ace did return and don the makeup once again for the 1996 Reunion Tour but he has since returned to a solo career and his famous facepaint is now worn by guitarist Tommy Thayer.
The next couple of photos celebrate guitarist Bruce Kulick who was a part of KISS for numerous albums and really was a fine player while in the band. My only complaint about these displays was that Bruce was the only one with a place card that denoted where the item hailed from. I think the history behind a couple more of these things bears worthiness of having them added. Come on Hard Rock Cafe, don’t let me down here. Especially with the “Return Of KISS” poster. That is a biggie.
My closing shot is from the gift shop where the t-shirt that I brought up earlier is on sale and being showcased in one of these frames. You don’t get the frame when you buy one and the shirt is the same price as it was in NYC so that was nice to see. It’s a limited edition so any of you KISSaholics might want to get a move on in terms of your purchase.
Now it was time to get back to the regular exploring and enjoyment of this part of the South while I still had the time to do so. See you all with more content and some important PiercingMetal site news upon my return.
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Official Website: http://www.hardrockcafe.com