KISS Fan Unearths Earliest Known Live Footage Of Band From 1973

By Eliot Hill

December 30, 2019

Talk about an incredible find!

Almost exactly 46 years after its original recording, the earliest known concert footage of KISS has been found thanks to The God Of Thunder Facebook page.

Recorded December 21, 1973 at The Coventry in Queens, New York. For those keeping track, the band had only formed in January that same year. Previously, the band's show the day after this was the earliest recorded footage of the band.

The Coventry was known to feature early shows of bands like Blondie, the Ramones, the New York Dolls and more.

As you'll see in the black and white footage, an announcer introduced KISS and noted that the band's album would be out January 25 — KISS' self-titled debut album was later pushed back to February 8, 1974. “Put your two lips together for KISS, KISS, KISS,” the announcer told the audience before Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss hit the stage.

In the video, KISS played two songs “Deuce” and “Cold Gin” but the footage stops before the second song finishes. Fans get to see what is most likely the first time the band did its now infamous choreographed moves during “Deuce.” The moves have been a staple for the song for almost 50 years.

KISS is currently traveling the world on its ongoing End of the Road Farewell Tour and recently added a staggering 75 new dates — so now you have no excuse to miss the band! The iconic band will wrap everything up right where it started in New York City for a final show.

Van Halen's David Lee Roth was recently added to the tour breaking a 13-year touring hiatus.

Photo: Getty Images


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