The MINIKISS Story As Told By Joey
This is Joey Fatale creator and owner of
Mini Kiss, 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.
Mini Kiss 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 Tattoos 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 Mini Kiss, “it’s a
tribute band made up of four little people dressed up like Kiss.”
His response: “Joey, that’s a fuckin 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. You can see a clip of us getting ready at our first
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
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. Me imitating the best band in the world because
I love Kiss and so the copy cats must love Minikiss because they
are copying us. What can I say? Thank you!!
The Hottest, Littlest Band In The World!
Rated the #1 tribute band of all time. (Houston Press Nathan Smith)
As seen in: Super Bowl Sunday commercial with KISS & Dr.Pepper , Mallcop2 (Kevin James 2015) Lip Sync Battle, Gene Simmons family Jewels, Thrift Hunters, George Lopez show, Conan O'Brien show, Ripleys believe it or not + much, much more! Ask about our meet & greet packages and our world famous,
MINI-PALOOZA! This is a must see high energy show for all ages and all occasions.
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