KISS: 'The Definitive Collection - Lick It Up' DVD Scrapped?

December 6, 2006

According to a posting on KissNews.de, the previously announced KISS DVD collection, "The Definitive Collection - Lick It Up", appears to have been removed from Universal Music Japan's release schedule after it was slated to be issued on January 31, 2007. The disc was originally planned for release in Japan this year but was pushed back to 2007 for reasons that have not been disclosed.

As previously reported, KISS' "Kiss Alive! 1975 – 2000" box set sold just over 9,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 167 on The Billboard chart.

"Kiss Alive! 1975-2000" comes with the first three "Alive" albums from 1975, 1977, and 1993, as well as the December 31, 1999 Millennium show from Vancouver, British Columbia, which was supposed to be "Alive IV" but was never released.

The first "Alive!" album was a landmark for the band, becoming their first gold record, but singer-bassist Gene Simmons told Launch that their label wasn't in favor of the idea. "We were on our last legs, Casablanca was gonna go belly-up," he said. "We didn't get paid for the album — in fact, when we told the record company we were gonna do a live record, they didn't want to do that, because live records didn't work. In those days, a live album was a liability. You did that after your career was over."

"Kissology", which is the first in a planned multi-volume series, features rare live footage of the band from their early days through the "Alive II" period. It was released on Halloween (October 31) and debuted a week later at No. 1 on the Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos chart.

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