Story As Told By the late Joey Fatale
This is Joey
Fatale creator and owner of Minikiss, the Hottest Littlest Band in
the World.... I would like to start by saying I had the biggest love for
80s/Hair-Metal bands and my first love was Kiss, and Gene Simmons. Kiss was
created in NYC and Minikiss was born in NYC.
Minikiss was born on September 1, 1996 when I was moving from one location
to another. As I was putting away my Albums/Vinyl I came across my
Non-Opened Alive Kiss album which to this day has the Original Lick on
and separate pictures of each member. When I looked at the album I had this
huge thought of having a Little People Kiss Tribute Band.
So my first
gig was October 30, 1996 when a friend that I always
worked for, Andy Hirsh, greatest guy and manager of a club called The
Lava Lounge in New York City. Andy said to me, "I need something
different this year." So I told him about my cool idea Minikiss, "it's a
tribute band made up of four little people dressed up like Kiss." His
response: "Joey, that's an awesome idea."
So I had a
month to gather
four guys and come up with costumes and make-up. Craig, Mike,
Victor and I got all these 80's clothes, ripped some of them up and
threw some paint on our faces. It was corny but the clothes were cool.
We get to the
venue; have a couple of drinks before show time to loosen
up. Our first show was lip-synching to a Kiss CD and playing blow-up
guitars like you see at parties. We stood on top of the bar and we sung
five songs from the actual Kiss CD. WE WERE A HIT!! Cops had to
come because the place was mobbed, but they loved us too!! We took
some pictures outside with them. It was so cool.
After that show we got called from people that knew Andy who wanted us
to perform for them. We didn't even have a set or people, I would just get
who was available. It just kept growing and growing in popularity. I guess
it was because of the hype of being the Ultimate Band in the world. And
BAM! Minikiss was born.
At the time
when I created Minikiss I was in another Little People band
with these Jersey guys, but there were too many chiefs and not enough
Indians. So I left and continued with Minikiss. I even have copy cats now!!
To me, imitation is the best form of flattery.
imitating the best band in the world, because we love Kiss, and so the copy
cats must love Minikiss because they are copying us! What can I say? Thank