The first documented smashing of a Marauder comes at Cobo Hall on January 26 during Let me go, rock 'n' roll
. (It's very probable that Paul smashed one the night before as well but since the video from that night doesn't have the encores we don't know for sure.) Watching that video, and taking a closer glance at the pic to the left, shows something that would soon change, Paul actually plays
a plugged-in Marauder for the song. Years later he would deny it had ever happened but the video evidence is irrefutable. "Truly, the Marauder was the guitar that I broke on stage every night, I never played one live! They were horrible." (Vintage Guitar, March 1997
According to Bill Aucoin, the Marauders that were smashed were defective, B-stock or just plain fakes. "It cost us $65 a piece. What they would do was, they would agree to take broken parts or whatever they had and make bodies. There were no real guts to it. Then we would saw the back of it [the neck] so it would break easy, because Paul couldn't break them." (Warman's Field Guide to KISS Collectibles
, p. 499) This explains this backstage photo
of Paul showing little love for the sacrificial lambs. However, there are backstage pics taken by Chuck Boyd as late as February 11 that show the Marauder standing among the rest of the guitars to be used for the stage, something that seems unnecessary were it only to be brought out for breaking.