In my quest to get all the Kiss Tour Books in my collection, I have now come to my fifth in the Tour Book Series. This is one of two that came from the Kiss Alive / Worldwide Tour from 1996-1997. You might remember I already did one from that tour, but that was a special edition book during the 1997 part of the tour which included the Giant 1997 Poster Calendar and had a silver cover. It was a replica of the European Book. Plus, all the pictures were different. This is original Tour Book with the Black Cover.
I bought this book right at the beginning of the pandemic. A friend of my brothers was selling it and so he reached out to me and I said, yes, buy it for me (I did pay him back). I asked my brother to hold on to it and I would grab it the next time I was down in Atlanta which would’ve only been about a month or two after I bought. 9 months later and I still hadn’t gone down thanks to Covid. I finally asked him to mail it on up to me and he graciously did.
One of the interesting things about this book is that it was bought at the October 1, 1996 show at the Omni in Atlanta. How do I know, the ticket stub was still inside. That for me is cool to know which show it was purchased because I was actually at that show. I can’t believe I have a book from the actual show I attended. What are the odds of getting one 25 years later. Our ticket stubs are below.
In my quest to get all the Kiss Tour Books in my collection, I have now come to my fourth in the Tour Book Series. This is one of two that came from the Kiss Alive / Worldwide Tour from 1996-1997. This is the 1997 Tour Book that includes the Giant 1997 Poster Calendar as the earlier Tour Book with the black cover did not. I have that book as well and will get to it once I finally have it in my possession as it is currently being held by my brother in Atlanta until I come down to visit as I am too cheap to pay for the shipping. Plus, it gives me another excuse to get back home to see the family.
This book I bought on eBay and it has a pretty interesting story on the shipping. Okay, it is interesting to me. I bought the book at a great price at only $10 and paid $5 for shipping. Sadly, the post office didn’t deliver it, instead I got notice that there was still postage due of $7.42. What the F@$K???? I paid for shipping. Well, it turns out the U.S. Postal Service did an inspection, opened it and found out it doesn’t qualify for Media Mail which is the cheaper mailing service used for books, CDs, etc… I thought that this certainly qualifies and apparently so did the seller.
It turns out because this Tour Book had a calendar and advertising in it that is doesn’t qualify. Again What the F@$K??? The advertising, btw, was the band members advertising their guitars and the merch page. I couldn’t believe it. I was extremely pissed that I had to take time out of my day and go pick this up and pay extra. I reached out to the seller to voice my displeasure and he quickly refunded the extra shipping cost. That was very much appreciated.
Now on to the Tour Book. As we normally do, I will show you every page of the book in the order of the book so you can see what you missed from 1997. This particular Tour Book was a replica of the European Tour Book and finally available to US Tour goers during the 1997 leg of the Tour. Continue reading “Kiss – Alive / Worldwide Tour (1997) – Tour Book”→