My thanks to Gene
Subject: My thanks to Gene
From: Shawn Shoptaugh on 05/28/2007
Gene, when I saw you and Sophie visit the VA building, I just could not believe it. I thought \'now there is the person that is the voice of reason\'. You made me so proud of you that I actually started to cry because I have a cousin that my father is close to fighting in Iraq right now. You made me feel like there are people who support our men and women of valor. I give you my deepest respect to all three of you (including Tommy Thayer). A very big thanks, Shawn Shoptaugh
for Birthday
Subject: Kiss for Birthday
From: R. Dawn Mullins on 05/27/2007
I have been a fan since a teenager (20 plus yrs. ago) I use to jump on mom\'s furniture, blow flames in the livingroom (burnt my face hair once) while watching Kiss on TV. I am a female so you can imagine my mom\'s reactions ! I was never able to go to concert until one day....... my sister showed up with her (4) kids (faces painted like kiss members) This was HER 40 Birthday, she tells me there\'s a contest to win tickets to kiss concert the following day. Since her kids dressed up for me, I complied with her request to mock what I done as a kid in Mom\'s livingroom. When I complete my show, she says \"You have won tickets\" and holds up (2) tickets. I about lost my mind, I could not breathe and believe what she was saying. It was HER birthday and she brings ME the most amazing gift !!! I will never forget my first Kiss concert (St. Louis) or how I was given such a gift !! I felt like a teenager having the time of my life.
Long lost friend
Subject: Long lost KISS friend
From: Johnny Price on 05/26/2007
WOW! I have been a HUGE KISS fan for over 30 years and have met alot of other cool fans. I lost touch with one over the last few years and I saw a letter posted by this individual the other day.....DOUG PRICE!!!!!!!!!! I have not talked to him in about....100,000 YEARS!!! Doug, email me at jpdeuce73@hotmail.com. Doug was and is still a very close friend to me. He has been one of the few major KISS fans with whom I really clicked and we share alot of great memories of the band. Tx KISSONLINE for hopefully allowing 2 old KISS fans to catch up and get reaquainted!!
my best feelings
Subject: my best feelings
From: wilson garcia on 05/23/2007
Hello Gene, Paul, Tommy and Eric: I´m 49 years old and I write from Bogotá,Colombia. From a long time ago when I was very young always I have been a Kiss fan. The excellent sound, energy and the quality in your music is wonderful. I send you a big huge and all the best, because for me you are the best group in all the times and Forever I will take you in my heart. My big yearning is to be in any of your concerts. I hope this dream become real. God bless you WILSON
are my heros
Subject: kiss are my heros
From: kevin warhaft on 05/23/2007
Gene Simmons and kiss my name is Kevin warhaft im from Miami Florida I just turned 35 years old Beisides my parents you are my heros thank you for many years of true rock n roll I would not be who I am without the hottest band in the world kiss
Your Newest Fan Introducing Randi Jane
Subject: Your Newest Fan Introducing Randi Jane
From: David and Lesha Albertson on 05/23/2007
Dear Kiss,We don\'t normally write fan letters,but we are a family of Kiss fans,and wanted to send in this photo for your site.This is your latest fan.Her name is Randi Jane Albertson,the new daughter of Joseph and Charli Albertson of Monticello,Kentucky.She was born April 17,2007,and is already sporting her own Kiss gear!!Rock on!,The Albertsons
My first concert 10/5/75 -
Subject: My first concert 10/5/75 - KISS
From: MJDart on 05/21/2007
The concert was at the Dome Arena in Henrietta NY. The big letters KISS were set up behind the band. Now the Dome only held about 1500 people that night and KISS had everyone \"rockin\'\", I\'ll never forget that night - Thanks
without make-up
Subject: Kiss without make-up
From: rock-n-rollace on 05/21/2007
I have always loved a great Kiss show. I love the shows and you guys have always been able to get better and better every year. I love the new dvd you came out with that has the 4 full length shows with the make-up! Now its time to show the fans how good you were in the 80\'s How good would it be if you came out with the same kind of dvd but only without the make-up!! 4 full length concerts without make-up. Maybe you have a Lick up tour, Asylum Tour, Crazy knights tour, and a Kiss alive 3 tour. It would be great to see some home videos of Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick hanging out together. Remember Kiss is like a great Team Franchise. Sometimes the players might change but we have always loved the team. Kiss fans are the best and we want to celebrate the years you showed everyone that you didn\'t need make-up! Bring it and the Kiss Army will be able to celebrate all of Kisstory!! Thanks, Rock-rollAce
Tribute to Vets Show
Subject: Tribute to Vets Show
From: TerryF on 05/21/2007
Mr. Simmons, As a Viet Nam Vet,(submariner) I would like to thank your from the bottom of my heart and from my fellow Veterans, THANK YOU for taking the time from you very busy schedule to thank us Vets for doing the job that we are so very proud to do, protecting our freedom! Your show that I saw on A&E on Sunday, May 20th, really touched my heart. Thank you. Terry Fitzpatrick Viet Nam Vet Anamosa IA.
Thanks Again Gene
Subject: Thanks Again Gene
From: Paul Chambers on 05/21/2007
Just saw the \"Uncle Gene Wants You\" episode of Family Jewels, and Ive got to tell you man, it was moving to see such a Rock God Icon being moved by people like myself. I just found out that I\'m headed back over to the Iraq soon and I\'ll be taking KISS with me to get me through that place. Hell, I enjoyed freaking some of the locals out the first time there by playing the tunes loud!! In the episode, you called one of the vets a hero - we\'re just doing a job that no one else wants to do, we\'re doing want the tax payers of this Country pay us to do, so that they can enjoy their way of life without inconvenience, but, you - KISS - and other entertainers help us through the rough times while doing our jobs. The song \"A World Without Heros\" from the Elder album has always had a special place in my heart, and I\'ve got to tell you, that should anything happen to me while over there, that song will be played at my funeral. Of course, I\'d like to be buried in one of your coffins, but, I just don\'t have that kind of money to bury..... But, again, Gene - Thanks for all you have done to show the Military your thanks.It means alot to this old Soldier and KISS fan. I\'ve had the opportunity to meet Paul (in Charlotte, NC at the Wentworth Gallery) recently, and if I could get the rest of you guys, I\'d die a happy ol\' soul. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dreams come true!!
Subject: Dreams come true!!
From: kiss_fan_depot on 05/21/2007
Hi! If you dream long enough your dreams do come true! This is a picture of me on stage with KISS is at the end of the show in Fairfax, VA at the Patriot Center on July 10, 1990 during the Hot In The Shade tour. I was first lifted up by one of the stage hands an started off stage, then Paul Stanley came to my save and brought me out the bow with the band and jump up and down on stage. It has like a dream, but it was not it was the real deal. My dream came true for about 1 min. I felt like a member of KISS! See dreams due come true! Thanks Paul, Gene, Bruce, and Eric Carr for makin\' my dream come true! Doug Price-KISS FAN DEPOT
Gene Simmons Family Jewels Memorial Day Episode
Subject: Gene Simmons Family Jewels Memorial Day Episode
From: Michael Bruce on 05/20/2007
Dear Gene and KISS, I am 36 years old and I have been a diehard fan of KISS since I was 5 years old. I am a US Army and Desert Storm Veteran. Veterans run very deep in my family. My father is a Vietnam Veteran, grandfather WWII Veteran, I have Veterans in my family going back into the 1800\'s. I love my country and I love KISS. I just finished watching the Gene Simmons Family Jewels Memorial Day episode and I just wanted to say that I was really touched when Gene and his daughter Sophie visited the VA Hospital and met with our Veterans. I was also touched when Gene and Tommy put on the concert at the Marine base. I wish I could tell Gene personally that he, along with the rest of KISS, is my hero. I have always respected Gene and KISS but this episode has taken my respect to a whole new level. Veterans are constantly forgotten and our military and our freedoms are taken for granted much too often. Gene, I thank you and everyone involved in that episode, for visiting with our military and our Veterans. It is for America, our family, loved ones, and people like you Gene that make our pain and sacrifices all the worth while. Perhaps one day I can look you in the eye, shake your hand, and thank you personally for the respect you have shown us. Michael Bruce
My Past, Present, and Future
Subject: My Past, Present, and Future
From: Joshua P. Brogdon (guitar_tyrant) on 05/20/2007
Dear Gene, Paul, Eric, Tommy, Peter, Ace, Vinnie and Bruce, I have been a fan of KISS every since I saw you Ace with the exploding pickup and you were one of the reasons I picked up the guitar and play, I\'m also a guy who wears all leather and the first name I was called was Gene Simmons I am part of the KISS Army and I recruit all of my Rock and Metal friends for the KISS Army and will continue to do that till the day I die. Now I am 18 (will be 19 in 4 days) and am in college and have decided to major in Music Therapy and after that I\'m off to guitar building school (Roberto Venn) and then hopefully I can work for Ed Romans Guitars in Vegas and when that happens I shall build you guys guitars as a thank you for some of the best memories I have every had with your music. Keep on Rock N Rolling All Nite and Partying Every Day. Joshua P. Brogdon guitar_tyrant
Hipster- Dufus Critics and the Hall of Shame
Subject: Hipster- Dufus Critics and the Hall of Shame
From: darryl-machum on 05/19/2007
Attn: Administration Dept at Kissonline.com. Hi submitted this earlier but was tired last night and gave it another edit this morning. If you think it is worth posting on the site can you please use this version. Thanks Darryl. To: KISS Re: Hipster-Dufus Critics and The Hall of Shame How is it going guys? Words cannot describe what you and your music mean to me. I have been a fan for fifteen years; however, this is the first time I have ever actually written you. You always will be a source of inspiration for me and in the past, through your songs, have helped carry me through some very difficult times. Whenever I am feeling down, anxious, or stressed out, all I have to do is crank up one of your cds or concert DVDs and I instantly feel better. Legendary artists such as yourselves have that special something that allows you to transcend place and time, to connect, as strange as it may sound, spiritually with the fans for which you are performing. No act in history has been better at connecting with their fans in concert than you guys. I am proud to say that I am a fan of KISS,--in all of its variations over the years. There are far too many fans complaining about which member or members or which line-up is the best. They all are. I embraced the various changes in the band\'s lineups over the years not because it was easy to do, but because I always want to have KISS in my life. For me, the band’s appeal lies in the songs themselves and the precision with which they are performed, and Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer deliver the goods each and every time out. When I hear or read critics make absurd comments early on in the band’s career regarding their “supposed” limitations as musicians, or the band’s technical flaws, I cannot help but laugh at their ignorance. All one needs to do is watch your brilliant MTV Unplugged show or the paired down theater shows on the Rock the Nation DVD, to realize how what a polished live act you truly are. It does not matter which line-up (original, eighties, or current) is on stage, nor does it matter what the stage looks like, nor whether or not you have the warpaint on and the pyro in full effect, you guys always put on unforgettable shows, shows driven by some of the catchiest, fist-pumping songs ever recorded. As far as I am concerned, Strutter, Deuce, Firehouse, and Love Gun are some of the greatest, and most overlooked, songs in rock history. Moreover, the double adrenalin-shot provided with the addition of Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will ensure that the group continues to carve their way through the rock and roll landscape for, hopefully, years to come. It aggravates me, and I am sure many of your fans, that you guys never get the recognition you deserve, especially by the anal-retentive, hipster-dufus wannabes who run the so-called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That place is a total farce. I am not being disrespectful towards Grandmaster Flash, but their accomplishments do not stand up to those of KISS. Yet, they are being inducted because they were one of rap’s earliest practitioners; however, they were no longer relevant when the group the Hall of Fame should be inducting as its first entry in the rap category, RUN DMC, was accomplishing for that genre in 1986, what KISS did for the American heavy metal and arena rock scene in 1975. Will you guys ever get the respect you so truly deserve? It is inconceivable that KISS, a band who all but forced all those who followed to up the ante in terms of their live performances , a band who has more platinum and gold albums and concert ticket sales than at least two-thirds of the current inductees, a band who influenced a generation of critically and commercially successful acts, including Garth Brooks and Nirvana, is being ignored because Stanley and Simmons’s original vision for the group was more ambitious than anything that could have been dreamt up by the the hippie/pizza delivery boy look-alikes at Rolling Stone. I would like to know what any of you think now about the critical backlash that has followed the band from the start, not that what they have to say matters anyway? Do critics dislike you simply because you are different, or because you became hugely successful in spite of their opposition? Will you ever tour across Canada again? The Reunion and Farewell concerts held in Calgary were truly unforgettable! Thank you to all of the members of Kiss, both past and present. Darryl Machum. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
paul stanly in perth 24th may
Subject: paul stanly in perth 24th may
From: war_machine4ever on 05/19/2007
hey paul i just wanted to thank u for putting on one hell of a show at burswood (perth) on the live2win tour on the 24th of may i wanted to also tell u that with ur brand new album live2win i keep playing it over and over again and i think some of ur song deal with sum of life journeys and also with the concert that u played in perth eveytime u sing with ur heart&soul ur voice just stunns the crap out of me like when u sang i want u its awrsome when u hold the word want for so long and at the end u make us (the fans) let us join in at the end to yell out U.anyway wishing u the and hope the ur album will go high and keep on selling in stores to come can\'t wait 2 c ur next tour with KISS or ur solo tour again alda best and keep on rocking patrick feeney
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