KISS, Cooper Set To Rock on PPV


New York-Old-school rock music will take center stage on pay-per-view in October as In Demand L.L.C. and Showtime Event Television present concert events featuring some rock legends.

In Demand is in negotiations to distribute an Oct. 28 event headlined by 1970s rock icon Alice Cooper via PPV. The event, taped in England, would premiere at 8 p.m. and retail at a suggested price of $19.95, sources close to the situation said.

Operators would receive a straight 50-50 split for the event, which will debut after the release of Cooper's latest CD, Brutal Planet. In Demand will hold the distribution rights for the concert, which would become part of the network's Halloween PPV-movie-programming promotion, sources said.

Meanwhile, SET will distribute one of the final performances by the legendary rock group KISS. The 90-minute taped event will air Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Its suggested retail price is $19.95.

The PPV special-part of the "KISS Farewell Tour," the fourth-highest-grossing tour in history-will include the band's hits over its 27-year career, featuring classic songs like "Rock and Roll All Night," "Shout It Out Loud," "Love Gun" and "Beth," SET said.

DirecTV Inc., EchoStar Communications Corp., In Demand and TVN Entertainment Corp. will distribute the event.

To aid in the concert's promotion, SET sister basic service VH1 will run spots for 10 days prior to the event, provide extensive KISS-themed programming during VH1 News segments and offer promotion on