Thank you Paul Stanley and Kiss.
Jeff Railey, aka boxer4christ on 08/27/2006
I want to thank you and your band for being a driving force in my life. Especially you Paul! Your passion, work ethic, and dedication to Kiss has truly inspired me to accomplish and conquer ambitions and dreams in my life.
I served my country as a United States Marine. As of now, I\'m a substitute teacher and a candidate with the Chula Vista Police Department. My passion is boxing and martial arts. I currently fight as an exhibition boxer-similar to amateurs- and practice Kenpo. I also achieved a 4 year degree in Liberal Studies. Anyways, your fire on stage, musicianship, and pure passion have helped inspire me to achieve what I\'ve achieved and what I\'m currently working on!
I\'m still young at 34 (Kiss and yourself will always be young!) and when I was 5 years old, my parents bought my ALIVE II. I\'ve never been the same since! Anyways, when I get ready to step in the ring or during my cardio workouts I will listen to Kiss ALIVE and ALIVE II, as my favorites. Just listening to Detroit Rock City, I Want You, Love Gun, and 100,000 Years raises my testosterone levels!
Anyways, I\'ve always admired Kiss for your musicianship. In my opinion, you, Paul, are the best vocalist in Rock and Roll (best in Metal, Rob Halford). Most respectfully and honestly, you played the lead role in the Phantom of the Opera. That\'s a great musical accomplishment, and I\'m aware that 95% of rock and roll vocalists do not even possess that vocal range or talent.
Recently, I fired back at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by e-mail, for their exclusion of Kiss. They are ignorant! I pointed out the proof and evidence of Kiss\'s accomplishments, milestones, and how your band has influenced a whole generation and soon another generation of young musicians. I\'m aware that Kiss has sold more gold albums than any band in American popular music. I pointed out to them certain musical accomplishments. For example, When Guitar World Magazine ranked Kiss ALive as the third most important and influential album in Heavy Metal history, and when Guitar World Magazine did a tribute to Kiss. I also pointed out to them how Kiss has influenced important pop musicians and musicians outside the genre of Rock and Roll- such as Garth Brooks. Technically, I pointed out to them the Kiss My Ass cd. Such as Lenny Kravitz performing Deuce and the Mighty Bostones performing Detroit Rock City. I even mentioned to them the great things Kiss has done in helping other bands and various charities. For example, I pointed out that Gene Simmons helped get Van Halen started and that you were going to produce Guns and Roses, Appetite for Destruction- but you were to busy, or something. Paul, I just had to bombard them with this evidence, and there\'s a whole lot more! In conclusion, when I finished my e-mail to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I stated that Kiss\'s music will outlast their organization and myself. Ironically, I also stated to them, as their reputation is diminishing for not accepting us, Kiss\'s reputation will become stronger and increase!!
Any ways, thank you very much Paul Stanley and Kiss! Your music is a part of me. I love you guys!! Your music helps me get through the hard times. May God Bless You!