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 bandís 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 bandís career regarding their ďsupposedĒ limitations as musicians, or the bandís 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 rapís 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 Simmonsís 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
Gene on The Hour (in Canada)
Subject: Gene on The Hour (in Canada)
From: Leslie on 05/19/2007
A photo of Gene on the set of The Hour... This won\'t air til the 2nd week of June they said. I went down because my bf, Brad, is a huge fan, and I couldn\'t get ahold of him to tell him we had tickets! I got the email at the last minute that I had tickets, so when I didn\'t hear from him, I raced down there so I could at least see the show and get some photos on set. Brad is now carrying his phone with him at all times so he doesn\'t miss the chance to meet a member of KISS again..lol! :)
Subject: Homage
From: Preston on 05/18/2007
Hey Gene and Paul, I\'ve been a follower of KISS ever since I really began to get into music around 1995, which I was introduced to you by an older friend of mine who has been a KISS fan since he was in High School in the 80\'s. I am 20 now and can\'t believe I\'ve been listening to KISS for most my life. I\'ve really gone beyond just knowing every single tiff on each album to digging further than just the music...because the music represents a partial cognizance of KISS, the rest are set within the members themselves and their stories and I as well believe it would be detrimental to the formation of KISS to only focus on the tunes. Gene, in particular, is a great inspiration to me, because I\'ve heard many interviews and read many words of yours in the past and really enjoy your perceptions for many reasons...from business intellect to the normalcy in everyday life in society. Just wanted to say, I listen and I gather further than the music and really build upon my own ideologies with that of others, including Gene... Thank you for introducing me to music my friends... Peace, Preston
oliver rocks all nite
Subject: oliver rocks all nite
From: Peter Verhoef on 05/16/2007
Hi KISS Here\'s a picture of my wife Anna and our son oliver. he\'s a six month old rocker who bounces around when we play KISS. He shouts it out loud in his new KISS shirt. Greetings Peter ( Olivers dad )
Being Different is Good!
Subject: Being Different is Good!
From: fan-for-100000-years on 05/16/2007
To all of Kiss, I have been a fan of Kiss since I was 9. I am now 40. Kiss was a door that opened for me that let me know that being different was Good. When I had first seen the four of you I had realized that you could be in your own element no matter what that element was and be the BEST! The original four members of Kiss lived out their innerselves and shouted out loud to the rest of the world. Kiss in definement said take us and love us because this is who we are, and we are not going to change for anyone. Many people laughed in your faces, but many more loved you guys and have been inspired by your persistance and determination to Rock the Planet! Your music and personas helped me get through growing up as a gay youth and your example let me know it is not a bad thing to be different from most of the people that you knew. When the world seemed black and hopeless at times your presence meant the world to me. Through your makeup and bombastic presence I held onto a spiritual drive that inspired me to carry on no matter what happened, and whatever negativity was thrown my way. If you really believe in yourself, the world can never destroy you. The song I says it all. I instilled those lyrics in my soul and never looked back. You guys continue to inspire, and I can see myself at 79 still Shouting it Out Loud!
Youngest Fan, or just the cutest?
Subject: Youngest KISS Fan, or just the cutest?
From: nkat36 on 05/16/2007
Meet Isabelle Sara, a 4.5 month old memeber of the KISS Army. She loves KISS as much as her mommy does.
You Guys saved me!
Subject: You Guys saved me!
From: mark reyes on 05/16/2007
I Just wanted to tell you KISS saved me. I was on the virge of killing myself but then I listend to KISS which saved me. Plese write back to me at mark1reyes@yahoo.com
New Live DVD
Subject: New Live DVD
From: tboneharlan on 05/15/2007
It aint really new, but I've always been a bit behind. The best part for me is that this band has been a continuous part of my life, since I was 9 yrs old. Yeah, i switched to Zeppelin,after Bonham died, and criss was gone. If you gotta love a dead band,Zep was it.But KISS has maintained,and overcome,and still ROCKS, and I'm damn glad to support,and LOVE them.Peace
Happy Birthday!!!
Subject: Happy Birthday!!!
From: Jessica, New Zealand on 05/14/2007
Hey Guys Just writing to wish Eric a HUGE happy Birthday from down here in New Zealand. No matter what happens or how ever old you get (pft! you aint even that old anyway)just keep rocking, because I and the KISS army will always be there cheering you on! My love as a fan, Jess
4th grade lip-synch in Oklahoma
Subject: 4th grade lip-synch in Oklahoma
From: TiAta and Chad Rogers and Brandin, Mikey, and Seth on 05/14/2007
Dear KISS, First, please let me say what huge fans my family and I are of the band. I am writing today because of my 10 year old son and 2 of his friends. We live in a small northern Oklahoma town (one stop-light, one grocery store)called Newkirk. Today, my son and his friends participated in a lip-synch contest at the elementary school (4th grade). The song they chose was "Rock and Roll All Nite". They each chose a band member and we painted their faces. My son, Brandin chose Gene. His friends, Mikey and Seth, chose Paul and Peter. They turned out fabulous. They had guitars and drums and put their little hearts into their performance. They even threw Hershey's Kisses to the audience. We just wanted you to see their picture and know how proud the boys were to wear the makeup and represent Kiss. They might be small town boys, but they have lots of heart. I think you would have enjoyed their song and you might have even been proud of them. Thanks for taking the time to listen. Sincerely, TiAta and Chad Rogers Brandin, Mikey, and Seth
My new stuff part Two
Subject: My new KISS stuff part Two
From: Oliver Verhoef on 05/14/2007
Hi KISS Here\'s one more picture from my new KISS merchandise. I LOVE IT LOUD Oliver
My new stuff
Subject: My new KISS stuff
From: Oliver Verhoef on 05/14/2007
Hi My name is Oliver Verhoef and my dad bought me the new baby KISS merchandise and I love it. I\'m six months old and my is a KISS fan since 1977. so lets rock n roll all nite you baby rockers. Greetings from oliver Verhoef / from Ytterby, Sweden
can i have 4 es 4 m b-day
Subject: can i have 4 kisses 4 m b-day
From: kittyroxx on 05/12/2007
hey guys!!! i just got the kiss alive box set its awsome to have , to have all stages of your live music is to hear one of the greatest rock n roll bands ever. when im down n out your music always lifts me up and all my worries are gone. to paul - one of the most charasmatic frontmen ever not to mention sexy as can be and very easy on the eyes . ... like paul says u can only love a few people but you can be passionate to a million ...can u meet by the ladies room ? to gene - the god of thunder weather it be breathing fire, or spitting blood , i know your heart is in what you do and i feel it . your sense of business is amazing may the fire breathing demon live on forever . to peter - i know he was replaced by eric (miss u chris) also r.i.p eric carr deeply missed back to criss i love your senserity , your passion , your presence , weather its rock n roll or a ballad im moved by your voice chills up n down my back. to ace - even though he was replaced by mark st. john may he too r.i.p. and also vinny (loved him too) n bruce kulic , they were all great guitar players but ace , holds a special place in my heart i guess you can say im more towards the old school kiss band.as i now am listening to physco circus i am reminded of how amazing kiss is and always will be . when we are dead and gone KISS music will still be alive. ((( we are one )))) --- FOREVER so as to my subject can i have please 4 kisses 4 my 38 b-day (july 30) love you all and mucho kisses , tyna
Happy happy happy birthday
Subject: Happy happy happy birthday
From: Anastacia on 05/11/2007
Just wanted to say that I wish all the best to the best drummer! Dr. Mr Singer, wish you to live forever and make us happy with your music...and all the rest, what you wish for yourself! :D. And a bit of fanart
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