|29th December 1943 - 29th
producer, music manager and a man with an eye for
talent has passed away from cancer on Monday July
29th, 2010. There are many of people out there that
knew him so much better than i did, but if my words
mean anything, let me share my thoughts with you.
I first met Bill through Richie Ranno, my friend
that created the Kiss Conventions. In 1993 Bill
Aucoin was one of the featured guests. I had my
museum of Ace and Kiss memorabilia set up behind
a bunch of tables. Bill had nowhere to set up or
sit, so after we were introduced, I offered him
the spot in front of my museum. He was very thankful
of that and there were many pictures of him taken
that day, all in front of my display. I think that
he was just in awe of my collection. It really brought
him back seeing all of the original costumes and
guitars, as he knew each and every one of them.
We shared stories about Ace and Kiss that day, as
well as him commenting to me about my band "Fractured
Mirror" after watching us perform. He said
he was very impressed with the idea. I would only
run into him just a handful of times after that,
but each time he knew who I was and it was always
like no time had passed.
Well, on July 10th of 2009 there was a small KISS
event in New York City. It was held at a comedy
club in Times Square. The band KISS ARMY was playing
their set, and invited the guests Lydia Criss, J.R.
Smalling, myself, and Bill Aucoin to add to the
festivities. Sadly, only about 5 people actually
showed up. Drinks for the guests were free, so as
bored as we were, we all drank up and had a ball.
Bill got the band to go out on the street and drag
some extra people inside to watch them play, so
that there would be more bodies in the room. Luckily
I had brought my camera and as we were all goofing
around I got some pictures. Of course I gave Bill
one of my books for his collection. Once again,
he knew exactly who I was and remembered everything
about me. That night I got the opportunity to thank
him for something.
thanked him for a warning he had passed on to me
back in 1995. That warning was that he knew that
Gene Simmons was after my collection in the same
way that he had confiscated Al Munson's collection
in Detroit at the Kiss Convention there. (See the
film "Kiss Loves You" for footage from
that raid.) Well, after that happened I had no intention
of setting up my museum that year, but Bill's message
to me convinced me to still do one, only I decided
to make it a "Frehley's Comet" museum,
with no KISS stuff whatsoever. Gene and Paul flew
in that weekend and visited a judge to get court
papers with my name on it saying I had stolen merchandise
of theirs just like Al supposedly had. On the Sunday
of the convention they probably had someone come
and check out what I had set up, and had to go back
and report that there was no Kiss costumes in the
museum. They didn't fly in for nothing though, as
they were to be on "Rockline" on Monday
night anyway. But they never got the chance to raid
this Expo and take my stuff like I'm sure that they
were hoping, part in thanks to Bill.
Again, I thanked him for thinking of me and that's
the kind of guy he was and that I knew. Of course
I have friends that worked with him and knew him
better than I did, but I'm still honored that he
respected me and I fell like I've lost a friend.
Thank you Bill for the memories, i will miss you.
Bill Baker - July 2010