wrong with these pictures? Well, they are from the Rise To It video-shoot (in 1989), where Paul and Gene wore costumes and make-up for the first time in 7 years!
This, of course, led to a lot of speculation, that a reunion was imminent, that Paul and
Gene would perform in make-up and costumes on the forthcoming tour, a so forth! None of
this happened, of course, but these pictures are interesting anyway.
Those who remember the video well, will remember that the
opening titles reads: "backstage 1975", and right there the fun starts.
Gene and Paul are usually thought to be very thorough when it comes to details, but that
was clearly not the case here.
At first look, Paul's costume looks a lot like his 1975 costume, but it isn't. As far as I
can tell, it looks like his 1980 outfit (and so does the boots). It might also be the
second version of the Love Gun outfit (take a look at picture E in the Paul part of the
The belt around his waist looks like one of the three worn with his Creatures outfit in
1983. Not seen on the pictures above here, is the 1977 jacket that Paul wore at the end of
Gene is also completely off, even though he actually wears something from his 1975
costume, more precisely his black leotard. You can just make out the diamond-shaped holes
on the thighs on picture A. The rest of the costume is his Unmasked costume, which seems
to be in a sorry state. The breastplates are torn apart, and if you look really careful at
the boot on the left, it seems like something is hanging loose on the back. And then he
wears black gloves, which doesn't fit in at all.
Then of course, there is the matter of Gene's hair... that looks like a badly made wig! Or
is Gene just having a bad hair day (or should that be hairdo?).
Also seen in the video, are two guys that are supposed to be Peter and
Ace, but they are more likely Eric and Bruce. They have their backs turned, but they both
have curly hair, and as we all know Ace and Peter both have straight hair! Furthermore
Eric Carr seems to be wearing what looks like the west from Vinnie Vincent's 1983
outfit... now, what's wrong with that picture??
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