From: John Upshaw Downs on 06/20/2007
Dear Kissonline, 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! Rock On, John Upshaw Downs
Fan examination-project painting!
Subject: Fan examination-project painting!
From: The Queen Of The Night Time World on 06/18/2007 on 06/18/2007
Dear KISS Im an 18 year old KISS fan from Sweden who recently graduated from school where my major was art. Between the autumn of 2006 and spring of 2007, my class was supposed to do an examination project within our major, individually or in small groups. I choose to work by myself and decided to do a painting of my favourite band :) in acrylic on canvas. This is the finished painting that took me about 6 months to complete: (I got an A!) As you can see, I changed the faces on Mount Rushmore, I think it turned out cool :D Hope you like it
A new Demon Child
Subject: A new Demon Child
From: Dawn on 06/17/2007
I would like you to meet Harley. She is our newest demon child. Harley is 5 months old. She joins her older sisters Tiffany (9yrs) and Jacinda (8 yrs). She loves Kiss and spends lots of time listening with her sisters.
come back!!!!
Subject: come back!!!!
From: kiss on 06/17/2007
GODS OF THUNDER: first, my english is very bad, \'cause I\'m from the butt of the world: Argentina. this letter is only for tell you: PLEASE, COME BACK!!!!! you know how big is the crowd here, we love you and wait for you a long time. I whish you come to my country in your next tour. thanks for the greats times in 1999 and 1997, this shows... God, i don\'t have words to describe that. KISSes from Argentina. Alejandro pd: sorry if i wrote wrong :-)
Play in Sweden, Please.
Subject: Play in Sweden, Please.
From: Jasmine on 06/17/2007
Hi! I live in Sweden, Im borne 1993 and Ive been a fan to you since I was little and I really want to see you live! so please come to sweden so I and everybody in Sweden can see you! Then I hope that Ace is with you! I play drums in a band named smokeycerise, if you want to check it go to . on my sparetime I play Guitar, drums and bas. I really love you!
You guy\'s ROCK
Subject: You guy\'s ROCK
From: Ted Scarborough(J.B. Fields brother-in law) on 06/16/2007
This letter goes out to Gene,Paul since you guy\'s are the only original members that would remember my brother-in law J.B.Fields.He is the reason I got into your music.When I was about 12 years old I went with my sister Marlene to London Ontario so she could see J.B. and so I could get to see you guys Jam and meet you all.I will never forget that experience,that was also my first concert that I ever went to.I would love to meet you guys again someday.I tried along with my sister to get in backstage when you guys played Tiger Stadium but with security so tight and different people working for you now we were unable to get in.I also tried the following year thru the trucking company that J.B.was part owner and his partner pretty much was I will say a nicely a jerk.He could\'nt even help a bro with a few tickets after J.B.gave his life for that company.It would be great if you guy\'s could arrange for me to see you guy\'s again someday along with my sister she would love to see you guy\'s again too.Thanks Gene and Paul. Ted Macomb,Michigan
Tribute to the soldiers
Subject: Tribute to the soldiers
From: pigranni on 06/13/2007
Dear Kiss Members, I want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful tribute you guys gave to our soldiers. I have two nephews in the armed forces. One in the Navy (just finished his service) and one on his way back to Iraq for the third time. We pray for the safe return of all the troops every single day. I just cannot express the gratitude and respect for all of you. The soldiers have shown Americans how to be strong and it is our job to make sure we show them how much their sacrifice means. I am humbled by your outpouring of love and support for them. God Bless all of you and your families. I know they must be very proud of you too! Thanks, Connie (Temecula, California)
for the hand of the icelandic army
Subject: for the hand of the icelandic kiss army
From: KISS ARMY on 06/12/2007
dear kiss.. =/ i thougt that you had braked up =/ and when i saw that you are going to play in california... to me... i am very sad =/ becouse we on iceland.. we need you guys!! like me! i have bin a fan since 2003 becouse you were the first band i started to listen to and wow.. your music is great! i wasn't born 1973 or some... so i didn't see you 1986 on iceland.. i didn't know what happend when you came last time.. =/ but i mean.. =/ you guys have to coma back!!!!!!!!! we need you!! you are like gods.. you are the greatest band that have bin seen on the earth and you will allways be the best!!!! just pleace.. come to iceland in 2007 =/
Subject: Blessing
From: Renee on 06/09/2007
Dear Kiss, I have never written a letter to a band before but I wanted to tell you that a very special family friend died of cancer this week and he was a huge Kiss fan. He took my son under his wing through some hard times during his teen years and helped him become a wonderful young man. Rob was an artist and always had your pictures around. He had some great pics of him dressed up on Halloween, his make-up was that of Mr. Simmons. Your music gave him great pleasure in life. I understand his wife played Kiss\' music while he was passing away. When a band as large as yours has such a following it seems that one individual is insignificant and you really can\'t follow much of your fan base. I want to tell you for Rob Rivet,from Belleville Il. you comforted him in life and through his death and for that, thank you.
You\'re the greatest band in the world.
Subject: You\'re the greatest band in the world.
From: Chris Ensor on 06/09/2007
My name is Chris, I am 37 years old, and I think you are the greatest band in the world. I hope to meet you guys, especially Gene. I\'ve been a fan since 1978, when I was at my Grandma\'s house for my birthday, and I saw your first movie; KISS Meets the Phantom in the park. Ever since then I\'ve been a big fan. I live in a housing development for the developmentally disabled. It is called Crabel Court, and it is in Chillicothe, Illinois. I live with 10 other residents, and none of them like KISS as much as I do. I work at the CWTC, the Community Workshop and Training Center. I work every day packing parts for Caterpillar into cartons, and sometimes I also tape the cartons shut. I like every KISS song. Destroyer is my favorite album. I\'ve seen you guys play once, during the 1996-1997 Reunion Tour. So far I\'ve collected some posters, 90 trading cards, from the 1996-1997 Reunion tour in Rosemont. I went with my sister and my brother in law. I didn\'t know about it until I got there. It was a surprise. I have some magazines. I\'m still collecting. I hope to get some of the vintage 1978 trading cards soon. Thanks for reading my letter. - Chris Ensor
in WalMart
Subject: KISS in WalMart
From: Tat2Guy on 06/09/2007
Just wanted to commend Gene for another marvelous marketing idea! I was shopping in Walmart today when an old lady came up to me and asked if I wanted to try the new KISS cologne. I was kind of shocked at first - KISS, cologne, and Walmart just don\'t seem to go together. But being the KISS nerd I am, I took a sample along with the KISS car air freshener they were giving away. The cologne is pretty alright - no worse than all the other brands that are out there, so if I had to pick, why not wear KISS cologne?!? Anyway, yet another place for the KISS name to be seen - way to go Gene, you marketing genius!!
The Hottest Fan IN The World
Subject: The Hottest Fan IN The World
From: Alten Treece on 06/02/2007
Ok I may not be the hottest, but I do consider myself One of the most loyal. I just want to say that I will be at The St. Louis KISS Expo, with my wife and kids. My kids and I are on the KISSARMY pages. I look forward to meeting Bruce again. So here\'s to seeing at least one of you soon. Lost In Space With ACE and Going In Circles. Oh Hope to find some more Elder stuff there. Al
Rock N Roll Sophie
Subject: Rock N Roll Sophie
From: Sohpia Mae Gorthey on 05/31/2007
Dear Kiss We are proud to present your youngest fan, Sophia Mae Gorthey, born May 17th, 2007. She is 7 days old in this picture. She is the daughter of Sean and Sarah Jo Gorthey. She was born while mommy was rock n out to Dressed to Kill. Her Poppa, Dan Miner is a local radio celebrity and he has converted all of us to huge Kiss fans. By the way, we love the show and of course, Sophie is are favorite. Your Memorial Day Tribute was excellent! Lisa and Dan Miner Grammy and Poppa
Letter of a fan!
Subject: Letter of a fan!
From: Eliphas Siqueira (Brazil) on 05/29/2007
Guys, men, well, I don\'t know how to call you... It\'s a great pleasure to know that I can \"talk\" to you... Well, I\'m a new-born fan, but you are my IDOLS! My mother likes you too, and she \"introduced\" you to me. Keep doing the great job you are doing, you are real idols, and a reference for the whole world. KISS is the face of rock. Paul, you are the man! Take care, people!
From: ??? on 05/29/2007
On May 4th I competed with my dog Silas at the Atlanta Pet Fair in a creative grooming competition. I didn\'t even place but we had a lot of fun. I think the judge was a member of the PMRC. Here are some pictures of what I did. I\'ll be making him better and competing in August in Chicago and Hershey, Pa in September. We did make it onto the cover of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the 5th but I haven\'t gotten my copy yet to post it to KISSonline yet. Hope you guys like the tribute.
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