Meeting Gene Simmons for the first time
Wojciech (aka Stevensky) Polish fan from England on 02/14/2007
Hi to everyone, I am a KISS fan from Poland presently living in London. For
the last couple of years I am occasionally translating from english for
KISS ARMY POLSKA on our web site www.kiss-polska.com .I even have my own
small polish web site www.kissfan.prv.pl. Anyway, KISS is the greatest band
in my life since I was 11, and finally my dream came true! I met Gene
The day started normally, as I went to check the www.kissinuk.com for latest
KISS gossip ... and almost had fallen from the chair! Gene Simmons coming
to London! TOMMOROW! HEATHROW! Practically my \'work place\' as I am minicab
driver in London and am picking passengers from there almost daily.
My luck couldn\'t be better, \'cause when I came home on the day of Gene\'s
arrival, postman had brought a KISS 2007 calendar that I bought on ebay few
days ago. And few
weeks ago I did buy solo albums in near mint condition.
Anyway, armed with \'78 Gene Simmons solo record, KISS calendar 2007, wearing
KISS POLSKA (Polish fan club) T-shirt, I drove to Airport hoping to meet the
Thunder with his family. I was surprised to see, that I was the only one
waiting for our
hero dressed in KISS t-shirt! Where were all the other fans? hmmm....
Still not believing that it is happening .... Soon came a group of reporters
and in the
crowd of other people there were four good looking female KISS fans, also
meeting with Gene. Suddenly one of the reporters said that his friend was on
and didn\'t see Gene. \'oh, now, it can\'t be true? and it wasn\'t. At one
moment came to
four of us a young fellow saying that he is from the Family Jewels Crew and
since they are going to film it for the purpose of \'maybe\' including it with
the other material, he needed
our consent and contact. Wow! Maybe I will be there? that would be wicked!!
Waiting... waiting... waiting... why so long? Hmm, looks like they asked
Gene to up and
down the ramp from the plane for a perfect shot.
FINALLY! They came through the door, and reporters attacked them with
cameras like some kind of fire squadron. ;-) Girls went to Gene with flowers
and hugs and everything
else ... and one of them bravely, asked Gene to put an autograph with
permanent marker on her chest ;-) of course Gene sign it.
Now or never... shaking from excitement and all, forgetting everything I
wanted to say to
Gene, I broke through the line of journalists, introduced myself as a KISS
Poland, in Polish T-Shirt I asked for autograph on LP for my 11 years old
she likes Gene the most. I GOT THE AUTOGRAPH! WOW! Then I had a chance to
photos with God of Thunder and I did surprised him, by pulling out drawing
done by my
another daughter, Agnes who is 9. She did it for Father\'s day as a present
for me. Gene
took the picture in his hands and was surprised, saying something like \"Now that is
special\" and he
got himself photographed with it. (you can see the picture at www.kiss-polska.com at news section) There was no one else asking for
autographs so I took
an opportunity for one more: When I got an autograph on the calendar it felt
Christmas ... hmm I mean KISSMAS.
I called home, to Poland and told my wife and kids that I got a personal
Natalie. You can imagine what was happening there!
He had to go, and that was almost it. then as a last chance I run to the
pick up point and
had a chance to meet Gene for the last moment before he boarded the cab. I
that since I didn?t have a camera with me could I just have one photo done
mobile. It was no problem and I got photo with Gene! All the time Gene was
nice, warm and like a gentleman. Great man! not only because of height ;-)
So that how one of the greatest days in my life did looked like. I think it
was the best,
apart from my wedding and days when I did hold my newborn kids...
I met a legend .... after 25 years of waiting. Unfortunately never had a
chance to see KISS in concert, as their concert was cancelled in Warsaw.
Maybe they will come to EU and UK? Hoping for that with my whole heart
Just wanted to share with others....
Greetings to all KISS FANS. Wojciech (aka Stevensky)www.kiss-polska.com www.kissfan.prv.pl