New Orleans KISS Expo - 14 December 2003 (1st annual)
Review & Pictures by Nick Smith
It has been a few years since I last headed over the big pond to do a U.S convention, but as I'd never been as far south as New Orleans before I decided to take myself and my airbrushed t-Shirts along. N'Awlins as the locals pronounce it has a long history, particularly as it's where the Mississippi meets the gulf of Mexico (get out your atlases-geography fans) but enough about the venue you cry, what of the event? Well, held in the giant ballroom of the double tree hotel on the 16th floor it had a spectacular view of the city (It wasn't J.B's Dudley put it that way). The U.S Conventions are more lavish, over the top and they get more guests than our more humble affairs. This one starred Bruce Kulick, who was in good spirits considering he was still nursing his recent Knee wound. He thanked everyone for their emails and cards/messages of support and said he's making good progress to date. I didn't tape or make notes during Bruce's interview so I'm just mentioning key points. He did however talk about going to Gene's house to discuss Bruce playing on Gene's new solo record, apparently they went into the studio a week later and the track is now in the can.
The make-up tribute band scheduled to play had to cancel for personal reasons but SSG a non
make-up 3-piece from Kentucky still held there own, put on a great show and went on to play
with Bruce and another surprise guest Ron Keel of 'KEEL' (who else?) fame. Nice guy, very
talented and spoke well of working with Gene.
Everyone when home with a signed copy of transformer, a smile on there face and a memory of a great day!! Thanks Phil, Bruce, SSG and Ron!! Here's to next year.
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