Feds Raid Kiss Expo

The Kiss Expo in Charlotte, NC on Sunday (08/08) was raided by federal marshals and a lawyer representing Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons.

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Blabbermouth.net reports, according to several postings at TommyThayerSucks.com, the Kiss Expo in Charlotte, NC on Sunday (August 8) was raided by federal marshals and a lawyer representing Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. Several thousand bootleg DVDs were confiscated in the raid but no one was arrested. Some Expo attendees even had DVDs that were given away as door prizes taken from them by the marshals. The crowd in attendance was shocked and outraged as bootlegs videos are a traditional part of all Kiss Expos and Gene Simmons had allegedly been well aware of this for some time. Simmons had also reportedly had personal contact with the Expo promoter and is said to have had basically given him the go-ahead to sell the DVDs. After the raid the marshals stated that they weren't actually after the Expo promoter but the person or people responsible for the production and distribution of the DVDs. The promoter of the event now has a scheduled court date for sometime next week but was informed that if he cooperated that nothing was likely to happen to him. Kiss fans have expressed their disapproval of Gene Simmons' tactics at Kiss' official web site but the messages are quickly being deleted by the site's webmaster. For more information on what went down and reviews of the Expo, go to this location.

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    skiz91
    Business is business. Start a business and then have someone copy your "product" and make money off of it. Then Bitch. They are in it for the money. Where is that wrong. I started my shop to make money, and I'll be the first ******* knocking down the door of any lazy S.O.B. that makes money off of my work without me getting a dime.
    Unknown Soul
    point taken SireGreat but you've gotta remember...KISS isn't just a rock and roll band...they're a rock and roll BRAND. dude i paid north of $80 for two tickets when they toured with AEROSMITH...and that was just for lawn seats...reserved seats were starting at $75. the tix to the show with POISON this summer were in the same ballpark. KISS is without a doubt the most bankable band in the world. there were people age 7 to like 50 at the show i saw 'em at. sold out amphitheatre. and look at half their albums...how many alive! albums have they released? and all with at least half of the same songs? yet people still buy it. people will always line up to see the stage show that is KISS. they've put a LOT of hard work into their career to get to where they are. but you gotta remember...not EVERYONE is getting bootlegged dvd's. true collectors are paying the big bucks to get the authentic stuff and that's where all the money is.
    SireGreat
    you guys are all saying that they all get so much money and should let these things slide. but when they let these thigns slide, then everybody starts doing it and musicians eventually wont make any money. it's their job and they put a lot of work into it.
    The1963Riffer
    When are they gonna do another comeback and "farwell tour" again.....seeing as how they've done that about 5 times.
    harm0n20
    the only good thing that ever happened with kiss involved was the movie detroit rock city. that was a funny movie. too bad it was all about getting to a kiss concert. should've been ac/dc in my opinion. they couldve called it... thunderstruck perhaps?
    ultima15088
    Gene, have u seen him in that new firestarter video, hes a greddy twat, he just out for a rep.
    Unknown Soul
    gene will probably be selling those same dvd's on his website in six months. i'm a huge KISS fan but i think it sucks that it's so obvious that for the band...especially for gene in particular...it's ALL about the money. they were charging like $500 for autographs and somewhere from $100-$300 for pics with the members at some convention a few years back. that's just messed up man...'s like "well we love our fans...but only the ones that are willing to part with their kid's college fund to get an autograph."
    Kill em all89
    geez whats wrong with him. he shouldn't have done that now he realizes that he lost some fans. I mean why would a rockstar or musician do that to their fans. greedy bastard
    Karl1569
    what is wrong with these greedy musicians. the fans have the dvds beacuase they are fans of kiss, not beacuase they want them to be ruined. that ***ing wanker, he has more money then he can do with it. so he uses it to piss off a lot of fans of his. go to hell gene
    daytripper75
    thats stupid. so theres a couple thousand bootleg dvds. big deal. theyve already sold millions of records and they have millions of dollars. a couple thousand dvds isnt going to hurt them very much.
    AC/DC10
    harm0n20: the only good thing that ever happened with kiss involved was the movie detroit rock city. that was a funny movie. too bad it was all about getting to a kiss concert. should've been ac/dc in my opinion. they couldve called it... thunderstruck perhaps? [POSTED: 10 August 2004 - 23:14]
    i read that there will be an ac/dc movie
    The1963Riffer: When are they gonna do another comeback and "farwell tour" again.....seeing as how they've done that about 5 times. [POSTED: 10 August 2004 - 23:36]
    i would like them to do another tour so i could see them...