IT'S TEE TIME IN LAS VEGAS
March 15, 2012
By Robin Leach

It’s just an ordinary day in the always unique and exciting Las Vegas: I might play 18 holes on a miniature golf course with Gene Simmons or get married in the Hotter Than Hell wedding chapel asking Paul Stanley to be my best man. It’s not a pipe dream because, as of tonight, you can, too.

Legendary rockers KISS are unveiling their new indoor, glow-in-the-dark KISS by Monster Mini Golf opposite the Hard Rock Hotel that includes a rock and roll all-night snack bar, a gift shop, a private VIP room and a KISS Gallery.

Gene, Paul, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will join owners Cristina and Patrick Vitagliano for the slashing of the ceremonial ribbon and host the first tour. eBay is even in on the shenanigans with its winning couple who wanted to be the first to get married in the wedding chapel complete with Mr. Speed from Ohio, named the world’s best KISS tribute band.

Forget about a red carpet: This one’s black! Rick Harrison from “Pawn Stars,” the gorgeous topless beauties from “Fantasy” at the Luxor and “Crazy Horse Paris” at MGM Grand, “The Bachelor” star Jake Pavelka and his Chippendales hunks (Jake is serving as guest host at the Rio headliner show through April 1), the rival Thunder From Down Under beefcakes, Joey Fatone and Anthony Cools are scheduled to rock the carpet. Also expect to see the mini versions of KISS with Lady Demon escorted by Lowercase G.

Over the past few months, contributing photographer Erik Kabik has shot award-winning photographs of Las Vegas celebrities and VIPs in authentic KISS boots. Even I joined in the challenge (my photograph was shot by Erik’s colleague Scott Harrison; all the other images are Erik’s). All will be on display in the KISS Gallery as of tonight, and 100 percent of the sales -- along with the first putting on the greens -- will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

KISS has recorded 37 albums in 36 years since they formed in New York in 1972. They’ve sold more than 100 million albums, and they are Las Vegas regulars, with Paul keeping a penthouse condo at the Palms and Gene regularly filming segments for his reality TV series “Family Jewels” here.

KISS by Monster Mini Golf was founded in 2004 and has 30 18-hole miniature golf courses in the U.S.; however, ours is the first KISS-themed venue. All I can say is that this will be no ordinary “tee time” this afternoon.