From: Wayne Gauvin on 08/29/2007
Hello, Please check out the attached photo of a KISSOLOGY 2 store front display at the Virgin store in Downtown Disney / Pleasure Island in Florida. I stumbled across this while on vacation, coincidentally I took this shot on Gene\'s b-day. Thanks, Wayne Gauvin
Rekindling the American dream
Subject: Rekindling the American dream
From: sprocketship on 08/26/2007
Mr. Simmons, At the age of 35, I\'ve only recently discovered KISS (thanks mainly to GENE SIMMONS\' FAMILY JEWELS). For the first time in MANY years I\'ve become fanatical about rock music and have rediscovered the joys of CD hunting. (Yeah, I could just download it, but there\'s no fun in that!) I\'m an entrepreneur in the entertainment business, and like most everyone else in it, I\'ve taken my share of knocks and frustrations, which recently brought me to all time low. This Summer, I read your book, KISS & MAKE-UP, and was fascinated by your childhood experiences. I was reminded that my Grandfather had a similar experience as yours coming to NYC, not knowing any English, and eventually becoming very successful in his line of work. Indirectly, KISS & MAKE-UP brought me to a realization: For all practical purposes I, like your children, have been granted the greatest possible gift in life, to have been born in a land that is abundant in freedom and opportunity. As a part of my grandfather\'s legacy, the immigrant\'s legacy, it\'s my obligation to make the most of the opportunities in my life and even when times are hard, never to lose sight of the brass ring of success. The American DREAM IS alive and well. My grandfather was living proof. You\'re living proof. Your book has re-instilled a fire in me to give 1,000% in my hard work and efforts, and it has reminded me that if success can be found anywhere in the world, it can be found here in America. Thank you for the inspiration. Please, keep on writing. Best wishes to you, your family, and to everyone else in the greatest rock band in the world. Sincerely, Randy PS: If the band could find it\'s way back Atlanta sometime soon, that would kick ass!
Picture of Sophie/Shannon while at Gene Simmons Birthday Bash
Subject: Picture of Sophie/Shannon while at Gene Simmons Birthday Bash
From: zachrockafellow on 08/26/2007
Dear Gene, I just got back from your birthday bash here at Infineon Raceway (which was a lot of fun by the way), and while reviewing the many pictures that I took while I was there, this one stood out among them. I was sure that you would like seeing it, so, here it is! - Zach Rockafellow
OLOGY Vol. 3
Subject: KISSOLOGY Vol. 3
From: b5erik on 08/26/2007
I just wanted to give some input into what should be included on KISSOLOGY Vol. 3. First and foremost - the set MUST include a FULL Revenge Tour Concert. Like the Hot in the Shade Tour, the Revenge Tour featured a great stage set, and the band was playing at their best - and the set list was fantastic! (If a song WERE to be cut for some reason - like \"Rise To It\" was cut from the HITS show, which I\'m not very happy about having been cut from the DVD - then \"Take It Off\" would be the ONLY song I would cut.) After a COMPLETE Revenge show I would also like to see the TV appearances on Arsenio Hall (BOTH songs, and I\'d love to see the interview), Dick Clark\'s New Year\'s Rockin Eve (RARAN & Makin Love). A full South American show from 1994 would be great (bonus disc, possibly?), any rehearsal footage for Carnival of Souls would be great, and then a Reunion Tour show, the Brooklyn Bridge MTV show with the entire set list, Unplugged - the whole thing with outtakes, THE DODGER STADIUM HALLOWEEN SHOW 1998 - THE FULL SHOW UNCUT (I was there, it was BRILLIANT, almost as good as a HITS or Revenge show), and finally a \"Farewell Tour\" show - and maybe some footage from Japan with Eric Singer on drums. The Mad TV appearance would be great (all KISS appearances on the show), the episode of Millennium would be another nice inclusion (but it would be understandable if rights issues pose a problem). Anyway, I wanted to throw my list of what I think really SHOULD be included in KISSOLOGY 3. I think if all that were on the set it would be the best KISSOLOGY of the bunch! Thanks!
thank-you !
Subject: thank-you !
From: kissarmysnumber1fan on 08/25/2007
dear members of the greatest band in the world ! i have been a huge fan of yours since i was 14. my father died of cancer in 1990 and i just wanted to say thank-you ! if it weren\'t for all the albums that you four guy\'s made i would have commited suicide. your music and lyrics helped me through the worst and hardest time of my life !i have almost all of your albums from kiss-kiss to pshyco circus.(i can\'t find \"the elder\" in canada though.) Gene you are my idol, always have been and always will be ! you made me want to pick-up my first bass and want to play! Paul your voice and stage antics are what every front man wants. Peter no one plays better than you ! not even Neil Peart! Ace you are the ultimate guitar god! Gene i watch \"Family Jewels\" weekly and have never missed an episode. Nick is so much like you.Paul i love the\"live to win\" album .it ROCKS! once again, THANK-YOU ! I OWE THE FOUR OF YOU MY LIFE!
30 Year Fan
Subject: 30 Year Fan
From: Tuck on 08/25/2007
Hey Guys, I know that I\'m not alone when I tell you this, but I felt compelled to spill my guts like everyone else. When I was kid back in the 70\'s a freind of mine was given the KISS Alive album (on vinyl!) by his dad as a birthday present. At the time I had never heard of KISS, but from the second I saw the cover, I knew it was something I was going love and couldn\'t wait to hear it. Once I heard it I couldn\'t get enough. SO...my Dad being the righteous dude that he is, took me to see my first show at the ripe ole age of 12. That was back in 76 if memory serves. The records kept coming and he kept taking me to the shows. You guys were with me all the way through High School and beyond. I joined the Navy in 1989 and since there were times I was deployed I had to miss a tour show here and there. Kinda sucked but what can you do? Back in 2000 I was going to a school at a base in Dam Neck, Virginia and you guys were on the farewell tour, scheduled to play at the GTE amplitheater. I couldn\'t get tickets, and was heartbroken...BUT...the owner of the hotel I was staying at slipped me a ticket after hearing how big a fan I am and just how much I wanted to go. So now I have a ticket and life is grand. Well. My luck suddenly changed. The morning before the show, I go to the school house only to find out that the guy that had to stand the duty in the barracks that night (ALL NIGHT) developed some illness and I had to take his place. The only way I could get out of it was if someone would volunteer to take the duty for me. SO...after pretty much begging every senior enlisted guy qualified to stand in for me to take the watch for me I found a taker. And take he did. I had to pay this guy $250.00 bucks for my night out. Turns out it was worth every penny of it!! Had I looked at the ticket that was given to me, I would have noticed it was a front row seat damn near center stage. Life couldn\'t have been better. The show was awesome, the beer was cold and the women....well...God bless America!!!! I want to thank all of you for being one of the longest lasting bands in history...for staying true to your fans...and for turning me on to a sound that drove my Grandparents crazy. Now my daughter is a big of you guys as well, and for her 21st birthday I had my KISS Alive II LP(never opened)framed for her. She loved it. Thanks again guys. GO NAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy birthday from Argentina
Subject: Happy birthday from Argentina
From: ALF on 08/25/2007
My name is Alejandro Alfano from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was born in February 8th, 1976. This pictures are from Abril 10th, 1999 when KISS played here. In the upper left picture I am with my nephew Malcom and one of my two sisters, Laura. Gene was, is and will be my favorite member of my favorite band. For me KISS is a life style. And Gene is important for me like my father or like my nephew. KISS is my life, and Gene is a very big part of it. I want to thank to Gene and KISS for this. I don\'t know what it could be me without you. You make happy my life day by day. Finally I wish you a Happy Birthday and I wish a long life to KISS. Thank you again Alejandro
Happy Birthday Gene!
Subject: Happy Birthday Gene!
From: roxrocks on 08/25/2007
Hi! I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Oh, and KISSOLOGY 2 is AWESOME!!! Maybe I\'ll see you on stage personally one day. Keep up the great work!
Gene\'s little fan
Subject: Gene\'s little fan
From: swtnurse4u on 08/25/2007
Gene, I just wanted to let you know that my 6 year old daughter is such a big fan of the band,and she just loves you.She even has a T shirt with you airbrushed on from your solo album cover.She can remember the words to most of the bands songs and she sings right along with them.We are hoping to catch you guys in concert sometime in the future,because,she is so anxious to see you in person.To see you live would really make her day.Her name is Arianna,and she just loves you.And,I would much rather let her listen to KISS music than some of the so called music out these days.I do not have to worry about profane lyrics in any of your songs,so,even kids can listen to you.Definitely cannot say that about every group out there. Thanks for the great music. Sheri
Paul\'s health
Subject: Paul\'s health
From: swtnurse4u on 08/25/2007
Dear Paul, I was so glad to hear yesterday that you are ok.My thoughts are with you,and glad you are doing well.My husband and I are huge fans,and the band just would not be the same without you. Sheri
Happy birthday Gene!
Subject: Happy birthday Gene!
From: genefan93 on 08/25/2007
Hi Gene! I wish you very, very, happy birthday today!
now versus 70\'s
Subject: KISS now versus KISS 70\'s
From: kisswolf1982 on 08/23/2007
KISSONLINE.com The KISS ARMY - LOUD & PROUD since \'75! KISS is proud to re launch their legendary Fan Club - The KISS ARMY! In the spirit of the original club, the highlight of the new KISS ARMY is the Membership Kit which features the following Members Only Exclusive items: KISS ARMY T shirt, Membership Card, Metal Pin, Bumper Sticker, Guitar Pick, Temporary Tattoo and Dog Tag! Members also receive a $10 coupon & 10% discounts to the KISSONLINE Shop, access to Members Only KISS merchandise, frequent KISS ARMY e-newsletters and access to amazing seats with our exclusive Fan Club Pre-Sales. Join the ranks of the KISS ARMY today and share your love for the greatest band in the world as part of this exclusive community! I HIGHLY DOUBT THIS KISS is not a real band anymore KISSology2 was great! it kicks ass but Peter Criss finds tommy and eric in their make-up hence Ace and Peter\'s make-up to be extremely disrespectful
My Daughter Matty
Subject: My Daughter Matty
From: Margaret Wiggins on 08/22/2007
Hi Mr.Simmons: This is a difficult letter to write, because I am hoping that you do read this letter, I really don\'t care if it posted or not. But there is something that this emotional mother has to tell you. My 11 year old daughter has dyslexia and hates to read because she is not very good at it...and so she is made fun of at school by the other kids...but she really tries hard. She goes to school everyday knowing that the teasing will pick up right where it left off. Anyway, her father and I are children of our times.. and of course we listen to 70\'s and early 80\'s rock. Our daughter has always known your songs but never knew what you looked like. We have the DVD of \"Detroit Rock City\" and I let her see the last of the movie which is the concert snip. She absolutely flipped...she couldn\'t enough...she watched it over and over. I explained to her that these men were not only musicians..but business men that needed to know how to read and write well. They had to understand business, contracts, merchandising, protecting themselves from being taken advantaged of etc. That they have families and homes and bills and responsibilities...just like mom & dad. Stage life was fantasy but they have a real life that is more important. And that they would never have gotten to where they are now being smart and trying hard. After school ended in May, I told her that she needed to find a summer reading book. Usually, she won\'t do it and I end up picking up books she hates..thus they collect dust on the shelf. This time she walk pass the kids books and up to a Barnes & Nobel employee and asked on a confident tone \"Do you have any books about KISS\". Well to make a long story short...she is reading the Official Autobiography of Kiss. You can\'t imagine...as tears come to my eyes..what it is like. She reads each chapter and then tells me everything about what she has just read. She understands all that is written and talks about your neighborhoods, school time, friends, first instrument..what you were thinking when the song was written...everything. She reads your book an hour a day and loves every word & story. She can\'t wait for school...her reading has improved 100%...she feels empowered. Now she watches the \"Family Jewels\" and sees what we were talking about concerning the family side of your life. You & her may never meet, but I wanted you know that in a strange turn of events from your music, to seeing you, to reading the book, to the show...she found what she needed to be a better reader and a more confident kid. So, Mr. Simmons, as you walk arm in arm with beautiful women and plan your next big business deal...I hope that you will remember that a 11 year old girl reads because of her interest in you. You changed her life. A Grateful Mother...Margaret Wiggins Message from KISS: WAY TO GO MATTY!! KEEP IT UP.
From: CHAD HILL on 08/22/2007
Thank you for including \"Attack of the Phantom\" in the new KISSology set. This is my son Evan, who is three, and loves this movie. He has watched it three times already in the past two days. Thanks, Chad Hill Statesville, NC
OLOGY Volume 2.
Subject: KISSOLOGY Volume 2.
From: Robert Ivanko on 08/22/2007
Hi Kiss Nation. I received recently expected package DVD KISSOLOGY VOL2, for the moment with bonus Tokyo 88. I can confirm the apprecation written by Anthony Tyler. I enjoyed from record of concert Showground Australia 1980, also period Elder era. I am pleased, that video material has good quality, it is incomparable with bootleg. Very good is concert 1990. I am looking forward to the package KISSOLOGY 2, with bonus Largo 1979 and mainly Tthe Ritz 88. I am pleased, that KISS realized this edition. Robert Ivanko from Slovak Republic - Europe
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