KISS THISTORY - 1992 - 2014

The year 1992. Erwin had the idea of forming a Kiss tribute band for years and spoke about it with Bertil on occasion. In 1992 they both decided to go through with that idea and made the necessary phone calls to find the needed partners in crime. It was already clear Erwin was to become Ace and Bertil would be Eric. They found an amazing Gene look-a-like in Dick, former member of The Dutch Kiss. Ron would be their Paul Stanley. After a few rehearsals Dick withdrew for personal reasons and the band had to find a proper replacement. That did not take long and within weeks David would be the new Gene Simmons. After about half a year of rehearsals the band debuted live in 1993 at Hedon in Zwolle.

 

 

The year 1994 was a dream come true for the band. Nobody ever suspected this to happen, but they were booked for a European convention tour with Peter Criss as special guest. This was it! Kissin' Time. Peter was to perform three songs with Kiss This! every night. Kiss This! hung out with the original drummer of their favorite band every day and actually played live with the man. People from all over Europe wanted autographs and take pictures with the band. A lot of good stories from that tour, too many to mention.

 

 

PARTNERS IN CRIME

KISSIN' TIME

LINE UP     1992 - 1995

Paul Stanley - Ron vd Wiel

Gene Simmons - David Aferiat

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Eric Carr - Bertil Visser

LINE UP     1995 - 1996

Paul Stanley - Melvyn Christiaan

Gene Simmons - David Aferiat

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Eric Carr - Bertil Visser

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a blast to the past

It was only one year later, in 1995, Kiss This! was asked to headline another European tour. This time with original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley. Ace was accompanied by George Sewitt, who used to be Kiss' roadmanager back in 1980. Ace was not to perform with the band, which was a pity, but they had a great time again anyway. Ace was very, very funny and George extremely kind. Kiss This! was their tour guide for one full day in Amsterdam, which must have been one of the best experiences the band had.

 

 

What must have been the craziest tour of all was the Vinnie Vincent convention tour. Kiss This! decided to let go of their Paul Stanley by the end of 1995, Ron. He was replaced by Melvyn. Also during a bandmeeting before the tour started Bertil announced his departure of the band. The third European Kiss This! tour would be his last. And what a tour it was. Just like during the others tours, the band was having a blast hanging out with all the Kiss dealers from all over the world. The hotels were amazing again and everything was well arranged and taking care of. There was only one 'small' disadvantage during that tour: Mr. Vinnie 'The Wiz' Vincent. Every show was delayed due to his doings and he tried to make money out of everything, even if it took lying and deceiving the organisation and maybe even worse: the fans. At some point the organisation and Kiss This! decided to break off the tour with Vinnie and did the last two or three shows without him. Fans were given the possibility to get a refund for their tickets, but only 1 or 2% of the fans actually did. Which was quite a compliment to the band.

 

Get all you can take

crazy, crazy nights

After the departure of Bertil, Kiss This! found his replacement in Noël. In this line-up Kiss This! performed and was interviewed on national television in the SBS6 show 'Nachtrijder'. Kiss This! performed for about two years before break up.

 

 

It must have been around 2003 when Bertil and Erwin were hanging out and watching some old Kiss This! excerpts from their tours. Both of them felt the same: 'This was awesome. We should do this again!' They discussed a plan and decided Bertil was going to be Paul Stanley this time and they would go in pursuit for a Gene and Eric or Peter. Off course the first one to call was David, but he was too busy doing other projects. Eventually they found Anton to be Gene and Toni (former SSIK drummer) to be Peter. (After a few auditions) Kiss This! was back. This time they even had a fanbase that would come see them almost every gig. The band did quite a few shows again for about 4-5 years before Bertil was replaced by Serge. Again after two years of his departure the band broke up.

 

 

Goodbye

Coming home

LINE UP     1996 - 1998

Paul Stanley - Melvyn Christiaan

Gene Simmons - David Aferiat

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Eric Carr - Noël van Eersel

LINE UP     2003 - 2007

Paul Stanley - Bertil Visser

Gene Simmons - Anton Arema

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Peter Criss - Toni van Petten

LINE UP     2007 - 2009

Paul Stanley - Serge Naberman

Gene Simmons - Anton Arema

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Peter Criss - Toni van Petten

LINE UP     2013 - present

Paul Stanley - Bertil Visser

Gene Simmons - Anton Arema

Ace Frehley - Erwin Scully

Peter Criss - Toni van Petten

2013. Something happened that nobody expected. Liveline Festival was to do a benefit concert to collect money for the foundation against braintumors and asked Bertil to reunite Kiss This! once more to headline the festival. There was no doubt in his mind and heart. Honored to be able to help the foundation and excited to be performing with his musical buddies again he emailed around and the reunion was a fact after an hour or so. Rehearsals to that benefit show where a motive to reunite the band, not only for this one show. So, Kiss This! is back. And we love it!

 

 

we are one

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