Nothing shakes off the winter doldrums like rocking to KISS's greatest hits performed by four little people.
KISS tribute band MINIKISS ("You wanted the littlest, you got the littlest") were among the musicians jamming at JSM's recent annual post-holiday party, performing "Rock and Roll All Nite" and other memorable KISS tunes, complete with face paint, platforms and blood-spitting on stage.
The bash, held at New York music company's studio, drew about 650 guests. Joining MINIKISS were DJ I-Emerge, Grammy winner John Benitez, and Hot Pants, a band led by John "Scrapper" Sneider and Saturday Night Live Band drummer Shawn Pelton. Even ad tracks provided some beats. Up-and-coming artist Chris Classic sat in with Hot Pants to perform "Rollin'," featured in a Chevy Aveo spot. "There's this anti-climactic thing that happens after the holidays," says JSM president Joel Simon. "It's always the most welcome time to go nuts."
Simon hired MINIKISS (who went straight from the party to a taping session for a new MTV show, Damage Control) after seeing them on Late Night With David Letterman. "As creative people, we constantly need to give ourselves a jolt," says Simon, explaining the array of entertainment. "It was sensory overload."