What with a suspiciously perpetual "farewell tour" and most outspoken member Gene Simmons's embarrassing and pathetic attempts at reality TV, it's pretty easy to write KISS off as being way-y-y past a dignified expiry date. But give 'em credit for being able to slap their logo on a whole mess of products; the band is a veritable corporation unto itself.
The latest wallet-gouger for fans is the first in what will surely be several DVD collections of "classic" live material culled from the vaults. Volume 1 is at best a cheaply thrown together mixed bag of old TV appearances and shoddy, if not insultingly bad-quality, live concert footage. A few interesting talk show segments make it clear that Simmons has always been a colossal twat, but other than that the whole collection reeks of half-assedness that deliberately panders to fans who'll shell out cash for anything that reminds them that they used to party every day. After this conveniently timed Christmas release, you gotta wonder how long it'll be before KISS start hawking their own line of two-in-one shampoo/conditioners, tire irons and anal thermometers.