KISS Related

Mitch Weissman (2013)
Background vocalist/original "Beatlemania" cast member recalls his contributions to Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album and his work with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on albums such as "Animalize" and "Crazy Nights," plus a potpourri of KISS stories and tangents.

David Snowden (2013)
Longtime KISS fan and former head of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion fan club talks "All Systems Go" and various KISS-related topics

Mark Opitz (2013)
Producer details his work on "KISS Symphony: Alive IV"

Bruce Foster (2012)
Grammy-nominated musician discusses working with KISS and playing piano on "Nothin' To Lose"

David Wolfert (2012)
Grammy- and Emmy-nominated producer recalls working with Peter Criss on his first post-KISS solo album, 1980's "Out Of Control"

Bob Ezrin (2012)
Legendary producer details "Destroyer: Resurrected" and the making of the album

Lydia Criss (2012)
Author discusses the second printing of "Sealed With A KISS" and various Peter Criss- and KISS-related topics

Jean Beauvoir (2010)
Songwriter/recording artist recalls collaborations with KISS on "Animalize," "Asylum" and more

Kenny Kerner (2010)
Recalling KISS' early days with the co-producer of "KISS" and "Hotter Than Hell"

Eric Singer (2010)
Exclusive interview with KISS' current drummer regarding a variety of topics

Ace Frehley (2009)
KISS' original Spaceman details his first studio album in 20 years, "Anomaly"

Bruce Kulick (2009)
Non-makeup-era axeman discusses KISS tenure and latest album, "BK3"

Mike Japp (2005)
A discussion with KISS collaborator on the "Killers" and "Creatures Of The Night" albums

Dick Wagner (2004)
KISS' favorite "ghost" guitarist discusses his guitar playing on "Destroyer" and "Revenge"

Jesse Damon (2003)
Former member of Silent Rage on his collaborations with Gene Simmons

Stan Penridge (2000)
Peter Criss' right-hand man talks Chelsea, Lips and working with the Catman

Bruce Kulick (1999)
Guitarist talks Union project with John Corabi, Eric Carr and ESP

Sean Delaney (1998)
A brief encounter with the "fifth" member of KISS

Bob Ezrin (1998)
Former KOL webmaster Michael Brandvold grills the legendary producer regarding his work with KISS

A brief encounter with Sean Delaney

By Julian Gill

Dating from January 1998, I was just starting to communicate with Sean, whose importance to KISStory is obvious. I submitted a Q&A to Sean, though he didn't address all of what I asked, he did make some interesting comments. I'd hoped to be able to follow-up and develop a rapport with him as he was a fascinating character.

Just asked Sean a few questions... while he didn't address all of what I asked, he did make some interesting coments.

KissFAQ: "When and how did you become involved with KISS?"
Sean Delaney: You wanted to know when I first went to work for the fab four. Well I never worked for them. Bill Aucoin and I were roomates back in the early Seventies 1969-1980. That's right 11 years. I had been the lead singer of several successful groups in the NYC area, "Sean Delaney and Trust" (we had landed a contract with Electra Records) and a group called "Natural Juice" that landed a contract with columbia records. In fact the band was discovered by Clive Davis. Bill Aucoin was my roomate and BEST friend. I also had a company called the "Music Dept." with a man named Howard Marks.

This was before KISS. Neil Bogart was a personal FRIEND of mine. So, you can see by the facts that I was there before Kiss. Gene had sent us a phoney press release and press packet. Listing all the places they had been playing and REVIEWS of thier performances. ALL were BOGUS. I remember laughing and telling Bill, 'if they have gone to this extent to get our attentions, let's go see them'. And we did... I am the man that choreographed the entire band and SHOW from the very beginning. That means when I met Gene, he did not move like a demon, or did Paul prance and dance like a She-He. Thier hair was not tinted black nor did they have a SHOW. All that came out of my imagination.

KF: Did you ever record any demos with any of the band members? Or appear uncredited on any work?
SD: To answer one last question about did I ever record and not be given credit. HELL YES! I co-wrote 'Love Gun', 'I Want You', 'Rock Bottom'! Choreographed and staged the shows from the beginning up until Creatures album. I only worked with the real kiss not the spin offs.

KF: And lastly, what about the book that you've be rumoured to have been working on? Is it completed and if so, have you found a publisher? Any anticipated publishing date? And what scope of material will be covered?
SD: The name of the book I am writing has a title: 'Sean Delaney, The Fifth Kiss'. Instead of me just writing the book myself, it has been written by an investigative reporter who has interviewed everyone that was there in the first 3 years (except those who are dead). That means that he has taken thier interviews and compared them to my story. MY STORY is the true one - not me making it up. All of the other books are about KISS long after we had made it. This book is about it all, all the ghosts, and hidden secrets, who's who, who did what with what and to whom. INCLUDING ME! It's about the good time and the bad time, 'Sacred and Evil'. What really happened, how it happened and the players.

January 1998

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