Kiss Coffeehouse 1st Anniversary
Rob Andrews on 06/29/2007
My family and I traveled from Lafayette, Indiana, to join our fellow KISS fans at the 1st anniversary of the KISS Coffeehouse! We were more than excited, to say the least, when we got a message in mid-April from our good friends, KISS tribute band Mr. Speed, that ACE FREHLEY, one of my childhood heroes, was going to be there to meet fans, and that Mr. Speed was invited to put on a concert for the Coffeehouse\'s festivities! We bought VIP passes - no way could I pass up this opportunity to meet him! The day finally came, and as we made our way up towards the front of the line, I see ACE - in person and in the flesh! My turn came, and I had two missions to accomplish. One was to get a poster signed for my friend, Joe Hess, (\"Ace\" in Mr. Speed), and two, to show ACE something I had done in his honor as a true fan ... a tattoo of him covering my entire back! He looked at for quite some time, and was kind enough to autograph it. Mr. Speed put on an unbelieveable 2 hour concert, which was topped off by ACE himself coming on stage to play \"Shock Me\" with our friends, using Joe\'s guitar! Nothing can erase the memories we have, and the feeling of pride and happiness we felt, to see Rich, Joe, Criss, and Rob up on stage with him. My dream finally came true to have a couple minutes with ACE, and I cannot express enough my deepest thanks to KISS, Brian, Skip, and everyone involved in putting together such an awesome and memorable evening for me and my family. We spoke with Brian and Skip (and some Coffeehouse staff), who were so kind and took time to talk to us, and we really felt welcomed. Thank you, everyone! KISS ROCKS!