Hi everybody,its been awhile since I last posted,but I got bored with the constant arguing,bickering and slagging off thats been going on recently(I know I'm not the only one!)..
Anyway, Pete has now restored my faith with this most excellent post.
How did I get into Kiss?..In the 70's we had a really good magazine called "Sounds".One of its reporters was Geoff Barton(now with "Classic Rock") a huge Kiss Fan.I remember reading one week a list he had made of the essential albums you should own.It included the likes of Deep Purple,Black Sabbath,Black Oak Arkansas,Yes,Jeff Beck & Kiss to name but a few.
I made this list my "bible" and tried to get as many of them as I could.
In my local record shop I got the Sabbath and Purple albums quickly but had to wait a week or two to get my first taste of Kiss Alive!.Well as you all know it was well worth the wait.I had never seen anything like it-the cover-the smoke,the make-up and then the songs.I've been hooked ever since.
However I did'nt start collecting till '92 when I saw a flocked poster in sex shop in Seattle(but thats another story).
Fave record;..Has to be Alive!The songs still stand up today as we know
The complete rock star-then & now!
Fave DVD; Kissology 1,the memories come flooding back
How many times have I seen them?..Sorry I can't remember;The first time was in 1980 at Wembley on the Unmasked tour.After that its been at least once on every tour since,including the Marquee Club in 1988 as a warm up for Donnington,(queing from 6am after a 2 hour drive in my Hillman Avenger particularly stand out).
Seen 'em abroad; yes -many times in Europe in the mid 90's.The US-twice-Nashville with Uncle Ted & Skid Row supporting,and then in 03 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas-a very intimate gig,no stage show,no pyro.The night before they had been playing in Japan!
On the last tour a road trip to Prague,Berlin,mannheim & Download,then the Eurostar to Paris where I met many of you good folks.Where to next year?
What does Kiss mean to me?;..Life/Lifestyle since the mid 70's,a great reason to travel far & wide and meet like-minded people.
Ever met Them;..I've met Bruce & Eric Singer;Bruce at a guitar expo at the NIA,he Saw my Tattoo of himself and he could'nt believe it.He even had someone take a Polaroid of him face to face with my tattoo so he could send it to his mum!.A very cool moment in my Kisstory.I've met Eric at many conventions here & the US-a great guy,he always has time for everybody(mind you he could talk for England).
Well thats a brief history of my Kisstory-I love being a Kiss fan