Being a KISS fan in Denmark
Mette Larsen, Viborg, Denmark on 12/23/2006
Hi Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy.
I\'ve been listening to Kiss music all my life, since I have an older brother who\'s been a fan of yours forever. I remember being terrified of the posters on his walls - especially of Gene, whom I referred to as \"The Ha-Ha man\". (After listening to \"Radioactive\"). I must have been 3 years old or so. And I also remeber being the only 3 year old singing \"Rock and Roll all nite\" while riding my tricycle.
Anyways, I became a serious fan in 1992 I guess. I borrowed \"Smashes\" from my older brother, and fell in love with Eric Carr instantly... And then became absolutely devestated, learning that he had passed away a few months earlier. My he rest in peace...
When all my girlfriends at school were listening to Take That and other boybands, I stayed in my room, cranked up the volume and ROCKED all day long to your music. When I told the girls that I liked KISS, the usual response was \"Who?\" It\'s not easy being a female Kiss-fan in Denmark. We are a dying race. *LOL*
I saw you guys in concert for the first time in 1996 in Berlin. It was awesome! Then I saw you again in 1997 in Copenhagen. I don\'t know if you remeber, but it was raining A LOT that day. Every time the thunder roared, some drunk swedish fan would yell \"God of Thunderrrr\". We were all soaked, but when the concert started, the rain stopped for some reason, and it was a great concert - even though Ace seemed a bit out of focus during the first two songs or so. But he got back on track again, and boy, did my ears hurt when he hit the high notes on his guitar. Lovely... *LOL*
The next day I got admitted to the hospital, because I got a stomache infection, due to getting so cold and wet at the concert. They actually opened my stomache for surgery, and I still have the scars to prove it. I would do it all over again though.
The last time I saw you was in Göteborg in Sweden on the Psycho Circus tour. It was awesome with the 3D effects and all. Great album by the way. It\'s awesome travelling to your concerts with a whole bunch of other KISS fans. It\'s nice not feeling like \"the only weirdo at school who likes KISS\". The KISS army is a wonderful race. Everybody is kind and loving - KISS fans are one of a kind. No violence, no drugs, perhaps a lot of beers, but still very calm and polite. Everybody\'s happy when the bus starts driving us to our destination: to see the Hottest Band in the World: KISS!!! I want to thank you for giving me the greatest experiences of my life. I am still in awe...
Now I\'m 28 years old (almost - my birthday\'s the 25th of december), and I\'m a mother myself now to a 4 year old boy. I remember right after giving birth to him, I said to his father: \"Cool, I can dress him up as KISS for \"fastelavn\" (the danish version of Halloween)\". His reply was: \"No f*cking way, you insane woman!\" *LOL* Unfortunately my son still hasn\'t developed a taste for KISS, and insisted on dressing up as Kermit the Frog instead... Oh well, I still have some time to teach him about the wonders of KISS.
I wish you all a very merry christmas and a Rockin\' new year. And I hope your way goes through Denmark again some time in the future - well, it\'s christmas. I\'m allowed to make some wishes, right? *LOL*
Lot\'s of love, hugs and KISSes from
Mette Larsen, Denmark