Fan Report From Brazil (w/ photo - I'm the first one to the left)
leodamazio on 04/21/2009
Fan report from Brazil
By: Leo Rodrigues*
Photos by: Leo Rodrigues & Henrique Werner.
After being a kiss fan for almost 10 years, it was a surreal yet natural feeling to attend my first Kiss show ever in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Every since the moment I first heard kiss, I have always dreamed of going to a Kiss concert. The result of such anxiety was a terrific night of which I had the chance to share with great friends.
It all began about 5 months ago when I read on a huge news website in Brazil that the boys would be back in Rio. I got pretty excited and there was only one thing to do at that moment. That was to shout it out loud for rock 'n' roll!!!
I called a friend, and we all began saving our earnings. I had to get the best seat! Then another friend, a longtime Kiss fan, called me and we all began looking for a place to stay. We began booking our flights to Rio de Janeiro (as we are from Belo Horizonte/Timoteo, MG) and looking for the appropriate outfits since a Kiss show is not just a regular experience but a larger than life journey.
As the weeks passed by, I began to realize the intense power of what I was about to witness. Not long ago I thought I knew everything about Kiss. I mean, I have all the DVD's and most of the CD's, so I thought a Kiss show would be predictable. My only mistake was that I have never been to a Kiss concert before, so, trust me, there is always something new & positive to learn about Kiss. A few years ago, I went to America as an exchange student and I swore to myself that I would see a Kiss gig at some club, venue, or a any place like that. Unfortunately, the band only did a few shows in Japan during that time period. Paul debuted his Live to Win Solo Tour right after I came back to Brazil which got me very upset. I missed out, but I was very happy for Paul and his great new solo band!
In November of 2007, Bruce Kulick went to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to play at a club with a local band. The set list was filled with major Kiss classics and some great guitar works that Bruce added to the band. I got the chance to meet him before the gig at a meet & greet kind of thing. It was my first personal contact with a Kiss/former Kiss member and it was awesome!
One week before the return of the masters, I had a couple of tests to take back at college so I had to focus on that. It was very hard to not think about Kiss for a while but I got through it! Once I was done with my duties, I packed my stuff, wrote a message to aim at and toss towards the stage during the show. I went to the airport, met my friends, and we were ready for Kiss!!! I couldn't believe it!
We arrived in Rio de Janeiro early in the morning. We still had a full day to go before the new page in Kisstory. I was very tired as were my friends, so we just went to the hotel for a few hours of sleep. Once we woke up, we had lunch at the hotel and then went for a walk in downtown Rio de Janeiro. You could clearly see that there were many Kiss fans in Brazil just by the amount of people wearing Kiss t-shirts on the streets of Rio. I felt like I was at some Kisscity, or Kissland, or whatever you want to call it. It was magic!
After so many hours of waiting and wondering how a Kiss concert would be like, I was finally dressing up and getting ready to check out the HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!! I couldn't believe I was finally going to see Paul, Eric, Gene and Tommy, live!
As soon as I was ready, I finally left the room to go to the lobby to meet my friends. Once we were together, we got a cab straight to the Apoteose Arena. Traffic conditions were pretty bad. I heard from the taxi driver that Rio's subway (rapid transit) workers were having a major strike. We skipped the traffic jam through a longer yet emptier route. So, once again we had to wait anxiously.
It was around 7:15 PM when we got to the arena. Our emotions were running wild and I was thrilled to see a whole bunch of wild Kiss fans, hungry for some true rock 'n'roll! As the fans were starting to arrive in droves, the place was getting louder and louder. My heart was beating like Eric's bass drum! By around 9:35 PM, after listening to a great Who classic, "Won't get fooled again", we were appropriately interrupted by a low-pitched narrator's voice saying "Alright Rio de Janeiro"! Once we heard that, everybody got wild and the rest is kisstory!
I\'m speechless, still! The show was supreme, fantastic, amazing, surreal, yet so right, terrific, magnificent, super duper nice, thumbs up, explosive, bombastic, loud, tight, sweet, memorable, insane, phenomenal, the best I\'ve ever seen of Kiss, on and on and on and on!!! I was so delighted, that I even lost my voice, got a cold and my back was hurting so badly! But one thing I was sure; I\'m proud to say to everybody that I went to my first Kiss show (there are more to come) and had, by far, the BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!!! Thanks Kiss!!!
*Leo Rodrigues - 21 years old, single, business major in Brazil, former American resident, guitar player and longtime Kiss fan.