My Halloween with KISS in NYC
Gary Tyler in CT on 11/03/2006
My girlfriend was cool enough to take the two days off from work so we could spend Halloween in NYC with KISS. She and I arrived in NYC Monday night at our hotel for our 2 night stay in NYC, and after a few hours sleep we headed over to Virgin at 3:45am to wait in line for our bracelets. After watching the NYC night sky turn into daylight we finally got in and got our dvd\'s and bracelets. After that it was a few more hours sleep at our hotel, only to find ourselves up again for more KISS fun! We both put on our makeup (she was Paul, I was Ace) and headed over to TRL for our guest spot in the pit outside the MTV studio. We waited patiently as KISS finally came outside and walked RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! What a shock to be able to shake Gene & Paul\'s hands and finally get to tell them how much I love them for all the years of great music and concerts.
After they left TRL we headed over to the subway to get a ride down to Greenwich Village for the Halloween parade. After about an hour and a half wait, the parade finally arrived, and then came the KISS FLOAT blasting \"Got To Choose\" from Alive!, followed by \"God Of Thunder From Alive 2!!\" This was like a dream, seeing KISS in a NYC parade. The weather was awesome too!
We finally got back over to Virgin at around 10pm and waited in line for the signing. We waited in line inside the store and got a few great shots of Gene & Paul who were more than happy to pose for the camera :)
We both got our dvd\'s signed as well as our McFarlane action figures of Gene & Paul. The only thing I was disappointed with was how quickly we were forced to leave the signing. I wanted to tell the guys how much I\'ve appreciated them growing up since seeing them on the Paul Lynde Halloween Show in \'76, and buying my first KISS record at Bradlees in Norwalk, CT at the age of 6. I did get to tell Paul that I saw them on the Dynasty Tour in New Haven CT with Judas Priest as the opener, and his reaction was \"Oh wow!\". I guess I brought back some memories for him too. I wish I could have spoken to Gene but we didnt even have a chance because of security. There were people bringing too many items to sign and the rules were originally 1 extra item, so because of some other greedy people the whole event got rushed, but hey, it was a once in a lifetime chance to meet my heroes, and I loved every minute of the day!!! THANK YOU KISS, AND THANK YOU KAREN FOR MAKING THE DAY POSSIBLE!