MY PAUL STANLEY GUITAR EXPERIENCE
June 13, 2011
I saw that Paul was offering the smashed guitar experience again on this tour and it brought back such great memories from when I did this last year that I wanted to take a minute to share my experience.

When this was offered last year, my husband and I knew immediately that we just had to do it. Owning a guitar smashed by Paul on stage at the end of a KISS show is the ultimate collectible for the ultimate fan. From the moment I contacted the team, it was a great experience.

On the day of the show, we met with Dean Snowden and got all checked in. A bit later, we met Dean near the entrance to the backstage area and he took us backstage and hooked us up with Fran, Paul’s guitar tech. Fran was awesome. We just hung out for a few minutes backstage, talked, and joked a bit. Fran had the guitar with him and handed it to my husband, joking around about how he carries guitars all day and needed a break. He took us up to the suite area where we would meet Paul. Fran got us some bottled water and we sat on a sofa waiting to meet Paul. Fran took a quick picture of us waiting in the suite and then went to check on Paul. We played with the guitar a bit and just talked excitedly.

We had both met Paul before but this time just seemed different. Paul was awesome, as always. It was very relaxed and easy. We had been at the show the night before and Paul commented about remembering us from the night before. We talked with Paul and took a few pictures. Then it was time to go.

We were both beyond ourselves with excitement for the moment when Paul would smash the guitar. I can't even describe the feeling at the end of Rock n Roll All Nite when Paul walked to the side of the stage and we saw Fran hand him the guitar that we just took pictures with a few hours earlier. Before Paul smashed the guitar, he found us in the audience and pointed to us while holding the guitar up. He kissed the guitar and then smashed it.

After the show, Paul dedicated the guitar with the inscription that my husband requested. We met Dean after the show and went backstage to wait for the guitar. The guitar was given to us in Paul's signature gig bag and Fran had taped the set list from the stage to the back of the guitar. There was even confetti stuck to it! The guitar is now in a display case and is the centerpiece of our collection. You can still see the imprint from Paul's make-up where he kissed the guitar.

It's such an indescribable feeling to watch Paul Smash the guitar that you know is going home with you! It was an amazing experience from start to finish and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants the ultimate experience with the ultimate collectible to take home!

Thanks to Paul and everyone on the team for this awesome opportunity!

Amanda Snow