In 1973, two New York based struggling musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley formed a small band named Wicked Lester. This two member band recorded an album that never got officially released and they eventually parted their ways. After some time Gene and Paul recruited guitarist Ace Frehley and Drummer Peter Criss to form a band named KISS. KISS was one of the highly influential rock and roll bands of all times. The career milestones of KISS are confounding, boasting four successful decades of their record breaking tours all over the world. KISS performed successfully for almost 30 years and then by the end of year 2000 these masked marvels of the rock world blew their final Kiss to their fans. The legacy of this renowned band continues to grow transcending creed, race and age.
In the early 1970`s a rock genre that was immensely popular was Glitter Rock. KISS was profoundly influenced by this genre and loved the escapism which existed behind the glam and glitter. In order to accentuate their attitude the band members of KISS decided to wear a weird makeup which they called as War Paint along with ever-evolving outlandish kind of outfits and clown makeup.
They even wore different patterns which later on became their recognition. For example, Guitarist Paul Stanley wore Star Child, Ace adopted the makeup of Spaceman, Peter became the cat and the bassist Gene became the demon. The other band members also adopted different characters for their makeup.
In the words of Gene Simmons - The time when we were forming our band in New York there was a huge glitter scene where boys used to put makeup and act like girls. So we also got influenced by this and became outlandish in our appearance. We were not a grateful dead type of band which would get on stage and look worse. Going onstage was like a holy place for all of us and this is where our dressing and makeup came in.
Gene also said that when the KISS characters became iconic, inspiring a lucrative line of Halloween costumes, lunch boxes, action figures and even coffins & hello kitty fashions, there was no marketing team, celebrity stylist or a real master plan behind this.
Critics never liked the KISS for what it was doing but fans were growing slowly and steadily. The fans banded together and preferred to be known as KISS army. As KISS became popular, their costumes became even more elaborate.
In 1983 the band sported the biggest change and for the very first time they decided to put off their makeup which they used to call as war paint and become a normal rock and roll band. Their costume became steadily nonexistent and the stage shows also scaled down considerably. After this, they always performed without makeup and outlandish costumes. With this change, they developed new fans purely on the basis of their music.
Signature: the article was provided by Alex, bloggerof ShirtHunt, one of the largest band merchandise stores in the United Kingdom.
Buying and installing a winch is one thing, knowing how to use it safely is another. Winching isn’t difficult, but it can be dangerous if you do not know how to do it correctly. Before you attempt to use your new winch, make sure that you understand these safety precautions:
Any winch that you buy comes with an installation and operation manual. If you choose to install the winch yourself, be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. Take time to read the operations section of the manual before operating your winch. The instruction manual will outline safe operating practices that must be followed. If you have questions after reading the manual, contact the manufacturer for answers and clarification.
After you've read the manual, practice using the winch. When a situation presents itself that requires the use of your winch, it will undoubtedly be a high-stress event. Don't count on being able to remember what you've read when you have adrenaline coursing through your body. Sit with your operator's manual and practice using the winch as is outlined. Practice several times until you can operate the winch in a safe manner.
3. The Wire
Before you use the winch for the first time, take care to stretch the wire rope properly. According to ATV experts, stretching the rope ahead of time reduces the likelihood of wire failure when pulling. When using the wire rope to pull, leave at least one layer on the drum. One layer is equal to approximately five wraps. Over-extending the wire rope can cause it to pull away from the drum, rendering it useless.
4. Watch the Clutch
How you operate the clutch can make the difference between smooth operation and a terrible accident. Once you have disengaged the clutch, make sure that it is full disengaged. Never engage the clutch when the winch is in operation, and never disengage when the wire rope is taut. Make a note of proper clutch operation and keep it nearby until you are used to using your winch the right way.
Using the winch can drain your battery quickly. Make note of your battery's charge both before and after winch operation. If using the winch drains your battery, you may want to consider an upgrade. Pulling your ATV out of a tight spot won't make a bit of difference if you don't have enough juice to make it back to your vehicle. Think about your battery's power capabilities when choosing a winch. Keep in mind that you may be required to spend money on both a winch and a battery that is capable of operating it efficiently.
Winches are a fantastic addition to any ATV used for off-roading and trail riding. If you don't know how to use your winch correctly, it can also be a very dangerous addition. Take the time to learn how to use your winch the right way to ensure that it is the useful tool it was designed to be.
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At end of last year, the British arm of music promotion company Live Nation made headlines when its Chief Operating Officer, John Probyn offered a few startling revelations. He began by mentioning how 2012 was a particularly bleak year for the live music industry, but not in the ways many people might have expected. Instead of discussing how seats were empty because of poor economic conditions and a lack of disposable income, Probyn talked about how the music fans who did come to events were extremely picky. In one example he gave to The Guardian newspaper, some female patrons were because of rainy weather at an outdoor event!
Keeping Things on a Small Scale
Although troubles with grumpy patrons aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, a more favorable alternative may exist in opening a small music venue, such as one that doubles as a coffeehouse or a café. There, the number of people you have to please is much smaller. Keep reading to explore two other thought-provoking reasons why if you’re thinking of starting a music venue, bigger isn’t always better.
A Chance to Set the Mood
At a large concert stadium, it’s usually very hard to create a unique atmosphere, partially because in order to keep things funded, it’s often necessary to accept sponsorship from large companies. In that case, you may be barred from using anything quirky in terms of decor, specifically because you have a particular reputation to uphold: That of the sponsor.
If you’re content to keep things on the smaller side, that gives plenty of freedom. Take the example of The Artful Dodger, a combination cocktail lounge and coffeehouse near the campus of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. By day, the establishment serves up delicious breakfast dishes and shots of espresso to students cramming for exams. As night falls, people stop by in search of expertly mixed cocktails served in chilled martini glasses. Everything from open mic nights to poetry readings takes place on a small stage in the corner of the room, and the decor is decidedly eclectic, featuring inventively styled cuckoo clocks, old-fashioned tin signs and plenty of local artwork.
A Launch Pad for Community Artists
How would you feel if your venue was responsible for kickstarting the career of someone who is now considered by many to be a musical great like Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty? The music industry is very volatile, and you can never be absolutely certain someone you host in your venue will turn out to be a huge star, but there’s something to be said for going with gut instincts. Besides offering ever popular open mic nights, think about creating an artist or band in residence program that features hand-picked performers coming to your venue on a regular basis for a specific window of time. For logistical reasons, it’s not practical to have residency programs at huge stadiums.
The Winter Line, an up-and-coming folk duo that spends time playing throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, does a monthly residency at Milli Jo Coffeehouse in Charlottesville, VA, but this opportunity was only granted to them once they had already proven themselves to be reliable, talented and able to offer music that was a good fit for the coffee-minded crowd. Before you choose this option for your own establishment, it’s well worth having similar standards in place, especially if there are many musicians in the community who would love the chance to play in your venue regularly.
If you’re ready to put your entrepreneurial skills to good use by starting your own business, keep the above information in mind. It could be particularly useful if you’ve always dreamed of doing your part to cultivate the local music scene.
Writer Brett Harris is an avid blogger. If you want to combine your passion for art or music with business, check into earning a business management degree.
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My husband and I are lucky enough to live in the beautiful area of Central Jutland but the house we have lived in for some time now is just a little too small for our needs. So we found ourselves in the position of looking around to see what else was available for our budget and surprisingly realized that besides purchasing an existing house we could also have one built to our specifications. As this was something we had dreamed about doing, we decided to find a construction company in Central Jutland and make our dream come true.
Now at this point I want to say that having a house built was not the easiest thing that we have ever done and we managed to fall into a few traps at the start. However we eventually found the perfect construction company in Central Jutland and things were much more smooth sailing after that. Below are some of the things that we learnt while searching for a reputable construction company that you may find helpful if you decide to follow in our footsteps and have you own home built.
The first thing that you need to do is research. Now this may seem like the most obvious statement that I could possibly make, but I mean hours and hours of research rather than just having a quick look in the business directory under construction companies in Central Jutland and picking a couple at random. Talk to your friends and relatives that have had building work done and see who they used and what their experience was. Also have a drive around and if you see building work going on anywhere get out and ask questions. No reputable construction company is going to mind you having a look at what they are doing or ask a few questions. After all you could be a potential client.
Think about the sort of build that you will be requiring. Will you be using specialist materials in any parts of the house or be requiring certain techniques or finishes? If the answer is yes then you may find that you have to choose a construction company in Central Jutland that knows how to work with the materials or carry out the work. It may be that you can arrange for a specialist to be temporarily employed by the construction company you choose to build the majority of the property, but these are things that will need to be discussed at the initial meeting rather than a few weeks down the line.
Finally your budget is important and sticking to it will place a restraint on you, but don’t make the mistake of jumping at the lowest quote that you get. This is a major project and at the finish you will have a place that you want to call home for many years to come. So take your time and only go ahead with the project if you are sure that you have the best construction company in Central Jutland to do the job for you.
Author bio: Dobrin Georgiev is an young architect with 9 years in the construction field. He is constantly challenging himself with the newest in his field of expertise. Since several years he has dedicated some of his time writing articles and giving professional advices to people about how to build their home in the most efficient way and still have good design ideas invested in it. Currently he is a major contributor to the biggest Scandinavian byggefirma midtjylland (construction companies in Central Jutland) Huscompagniet.