Bill Aucoin who was best known for discovering and managing Kiss, died this week at the age of 66 from complications from cancer surgery. Peter Criss, the drummer for Kiss said in an AP interview , "He was the fifth Kiss. If it wasn't for Bill, there would be no Kiss." Bill served as Criss' best man for his second marriage. Bill believed in Kiss when people were passing them off as a crazy makeup group.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the remaining members of Kiss are quoted on their website: "He was instrumental in guiding us from the beginning and without his vision, leadership and unending dedication, we could never have scaled the heights we have reached...Over all the years, he never missed an opportunity to be with us at our shows near his home or fly in for special concerts, including our most recent Madison Square Garden show. He had hoped to attend our London show earlier this month but his illness prevented it. He still planned to visit us upon the start of our upcoming US tour.
We loved him, told him and have peace that he knew it.
We will grieve and celebrate all he was and did.
We have lost a part of us."
Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest. Words can never convey his impact on us or those close to him.
Aucoin also managed Billy Idol and Billy Squire. Squire paid tribute to Aucoin on his website saying "Thank you friend, for the years of unwavering support...and for never letting me forget what it is that I do best."