COFFEEHOUSE 1ST ANNIVERSARY
John Upshaw Downs on 06/20/2007
I just wanted to write a quick note thanking Kiss Coffeehouse owners Brian and Skip, Keith and the whole gang at Kissonline, and finally Ace! My family and I drove from Charleston, South Carolina to attend this event, and we were totally blown away by the kindness everyone showed us! I have said it before and I will say it again - Kiss fans are the greatest fans in the world!!
We arrived at 4:30 pm to wait in the VIP line. During the wait, I spoke with Kiss fans I had never met from all over the country. Some were by themselves and others had brought their kids (the next generation of the Kiss Army). They were all as nice as could be. There was not a stranger in line! I saw many great items fans brought for Ace to sign. Everything from the backglass of the Kiss pinball machine to Paul Stanley\'s smashed guitar.
At about 5:00 pm, Aces\' limo pulled up and Ace walked to the back door of the Kiss Coffeehouse saying hello and shaking fans hands in the VIP line. Wow! He looked great! At about 6:00 pm my crowd of 30 people went in. I was #76. As soon as we walked in the back door, there was Ace. I could hardly believe it! He was so nice and laid back. One by one fans walked up to him, shook his hand, talked to him while he was signing their memorabilia, and then got a picture with him.
When my turn came, I walked up to him, shook his hand and told him how nervous I was. He said don\'t worry about it. I then pulled out my painting that Paul Stanley did of him in his make up called \"Shock Me.\" I could not believe it. He stood there for five or ten seconds looking at this, and then he said, \"Where did you get this?\" I said nervously, \" from Paul Stanley.\" He said, \"Wow! Where do you want me to sign this?\" I said, \"anywhere you want!\" He had been signing everything in black ink, but he pulled out a blue sharpie and signed his name at the bottom of the painting. I believe he used the blue sharpie because it went so well with the painting. It is absolutely beautiful!
Then the management asked us to pose for a picture. I thanked him again, and said we are looking forward to his new album. He waived as I went out the door. Wow! What a gentleman! He was so kind and laid back. He looked great. I was so impressed with the way Ace took the time to speak with all the VIP fans. I hung around the Coffeehouse and watched Ace as he then greeted all the fans who had not gotten VIP passes, and had been waiting since early Saturday morning. He once again took the time to speak with each and every fan! I was so impressed with his kindness, and the way he treated his fans.
We then hung around the Coffehouse and got some pictures of Mr. Speed with my family. Very nice people. Around eight, Mr. Speed took the stage and rocked the house. Around 10:00, we got our final surprise. Ace came out and played \"Shock Me\" with Mr. Speed. They blew the crowd away!!! Wow! What a day!!! One that I am sure that many Kiss fans will never forget. As I drove back to Charleston late that night with my family sleeping beside me, I thought about all the events that had taken place that day and smiled! My life long dream had come true. I got to meet and greet Ace Frehley of Kiss, and I was not disappointed. I have enclosed a picture of the painting Ace signed. It is proudly hanging on my wall at home. I hope you enjoy it. Keep up the great work!
John Upshaw Downs