Saturday, May 14, marked the return of the NJ/NY Kiss Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, NJ. The day turned out to be a fantastic with Kiss Vendors serving up everything Kiss. There was a very strong turnout with fans buying up some Kiss collectibles form the 1970's to the present. Held in the grand ballrom and a side smaller room across the hallway, the expo lived up to everything and more.
Special Guests included Lisa Jane Persky (Dirty Dee from "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"-1978), original Kiss tour manager JR Smalling (and voice of "KISS Alive!"), Eddie Balandas (Voice of "KISS Alive II and 7o's Security), Vic Stabin who created the artwork and poster for Kiss' "Unmasked", Lydia Criss and Bill Baker of the Ace Frehley Archives. The band "Almost Human" performed that evening replicating the 1977 stage show.
Hats go off to promoters Ross Koondel and Peter Arquette for a great return to a special event that has long been missed- the NJ/NY Kiss Expo!