We just disembarked the Destiny and checked into the Miami Doubletree for some high-speed internet access and a tiny bit of rest before our flight tonight. We had a total of six hours' worth of sleep over the past five days. (Next year, we plan on not sleeping at all!) We have loads of clips to post from the KISS Kruise, so stayed tuned to KOL!
KISSonline has been privileged to experience so many wonderful KISS moments over the years, but to date, this was the greatest KISS experience we've ever had! Hanging out with thousands of like-minded crazy KISS fans 24 hours a day, in all areas of the ship, was unbelievable.
We could easily do several of those "Priceless" Mastercard commercials based on our trip:
-A weekend with 2500 of your closest KISS fan friends from over 30 different countries...
- A luxurious ocean voyage on a grand cruise ship (with free 24-hour dining!)
- Plus the greatest rock and roll band ever... KISS playing three concerts filled with rarities?
The party NEVER stopped.
We have to share with you what a crazy day we had yesterday! Doc McGhee's Q&A session was so popular and so well attended that the ship set up an overflow room for fans to listen in via an audio feed, as the original room was hundreds over capacity. Doc's commentary was in-your-face, brutally honest, and he left no questions unanswered. After the Q&A he stayed to take photos with fans and sign autographs.
Next, KISSonline stopped by Eric's room to chat in the afternoon, and we told Eric that there were fans walking around near his door. Eric went out and held an impromptu meet-and-greet, signing autographs for stunned fans who happened to walk down his hallway!
As night rolled around, comedian Craig Gass entertained a packed house with his dirty KISS-themed stand-up routine, and Skid Row rocked the Palladium.
We ended the evening with a marathon session of KISS karaoke which ran long past the planned cutoff time. Fans of all ages belted out KISS classics in the ship's Disco. During karaoke, we also also held a surprise 40th birthday party for our friend and lifelong KISS fan Dale "The Demon" Torborg! With the help of his wife, Christi (Asya of WCW) and WWE champ Adam "Edge" Copeland (also a huge KISS fan!) as well as Rachel Bolan from Skid Row, Dale was completely caught off guard, and later confessed that he was just glad we didn't make him sing when he was called to the stage. The entire Destiny Disco was rockin' when Craig Gass brought the house down by closing out the night singing a hilarious, expletive-laden "Plaster Caster" in Sam Kinison's voice, along with Paul Stanley's guitar tech Fran Stewart and fans.
After the event, we went to the buffet to our favorite KOL posting location on the ship, Table 22 on the port side, where the ship's dismal internet connection was better... and there was also an electrical outlet on the wall (crucial to late-night KOL posting!) We had just started working when Craig Gass tracked us down and would not leave us alone, staying at our table past 4am! In addition to being a KISS fan and a nut, he's also a big pick collector and loved the custom KISS Kruise guitar picks! Hanging with Craig and talking all things KISS (Craig, of course, talked in Gene's voice) made the satellite internet connection's continuous service dropouts more tolerable. (We love you, Craig.) Man, that guy loves chocolate milk though. He downed six cartons of it in minutes.
We finally headed to our cabins with just enough time to pack and get ready to disembark the KISS Kruise. Sadly, our KISS dream holiday was coming to an end.
8AM came too quickly and it was bittersweet to have to say goodbye to so many friends, both old and new, from around the world this morning during the ship disembarkment. But it was such a sight to see thousands of fans sporting KISS shirts, coats, and even a few KISS monster boots waiting in the customs line. One customs agent said "This is the most exciting customs line we've ever seen!"
Already by the second day of the Kruise, the band was already talking about next year's KISS Kruise! Paul said he enjoyed himself so much at these shows playing songs that they don't often get a chance to play on tour.
We want to thank the incredible crew at Sixthman for their involvement in this special event that was unlike any other. We also need to thank you, KISS NAVY, for making this a tremendous success too. It is because of you that the guys enjoyed this event so much. We look forward to rockin' the seas again soon with our KISS family!