Maybe a little to sappy
Chad Rhodes on 01/04/2007
I am not quite sure how to start this, because i know that by the end of this you will be very tired of reading as this will be a lenghthy letter. But here goes.
My love for Kiss started at an early age. When i was but 3 years old my uncle Eric used \"Hard Luck Woman\" from Alive II as a kind of lullabye. Eric was only about 11 years older than me, so he was more like a big brother than an uncle. He was my hero, even though throughout his life he struggled to stay on the straight path. He and I were both crushed when we heard the news about the original break-up(looking back now, i think that i was so crushed because it was the first time i had ever seen him cry). I had always swore that if you guys ever got the band back together that I would be there. so you can imagine the overwhelming emothions i felt on Halloween 2005 when i was watchin Kiss unplugged and Paul said\" we\'ve got some members of the family here tonight, and I\'m not talking about mom and dad. I\'m Talking about Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.\" My jaw dropped and tears began to roll. I was stationed in Oak Harbor, WA at the time about 3000 miles from home, But the first thing i did was call Eric to see if he had been watching. He had not, but was in complete shock. Then I got another treat in February 2006 on the Grammys when Tupac said he had a special guest presenter and you guys came out in full make-up and costume. This time Eric called me to see if I was watching. And on August 31 of that year i finally got to realize my life long dream of getting to see the hottest band in the world back together again. that was the only time i got to see the original line-up live, because by the time i saw yall again in April \'00 Tommy had already taken over for Ace. I will never forget that night in 96.
This is where the letter gets a little sappy. On September 9, 2003 Eric was taken from us in a horrible motorcycle wreck. I know that dying is a part of living, but the pain i felt that day is indescribable. I lost my uncle, father figure(dad split when i was 4) big brother, and best friend. It took about 2 years before i was able to listen to Kiss at all. Then this year my wife got me the alive box, and kissology for Christmas she even labled the present to:chad from:eric. as you can guess the tears began to flow. I still cant brign myself to listen to the song that started it all way back when, but im sure i will and when i do Eric will be looking down, singing along as ususal.
Forever a Fan,