From: carolport on 04/22/2009
We wanted to thank Tommy so much for taking this picture with us. Traveling from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires was worth every minute just to see KISS up close. The show was absolutely amazing - you guys never disappoint the fans. This was a dream come true. KISS was, is, and will always be the BEST band in the world!!!

Hugs and KISSes
Ottawa Bluesfest 2009
Subject: Ottawa Bluesfest 2009
From: carp0014 on 04/22/2009
I have just read that you are coming back to Ottawa for the Bluesfest in July 2009. I hope I can get tickets for me and my 6 yr old son before they are sold out. I saw your concert at the Ottawa Civic Center with my mother when I was a little kid (when your stage was made to look like a tank). My son loves KISS, so much so that he still has all my Cd's in his room (he loves all hard rock but KISS really gets him going. He'll start banging his head back and forth while playing his guitar and sticking his tongue out). I hope he loves the live concert like I did.


Clint W. Carpenter
my handmade Gene Simmons's costume!
Subject: my handmade Gene Simmons's costume!
From: falzmen on 04/22/2009
Hi Guys!

That's me with my handmade Gene Simmons's costume! It was during my friends Elena and Marzio's birthday party in Villafranca di Verona; the party was called "Music Idols". I sewed the mantle by myself and made my wadges with some polystyrene covered with tape. I bought my wig and my wonderful girl Claudia helped me with my make up. Obviously everyone there was shocked!

The other costumes were Freddy Mercury, Rick Allen, Marylin Monroe, Eddie of Iron Maiden, Dimebag Darrel, Axl Rose, Slash, Elton John, Slipknot, Sandy of Grease, Rob Halford, Bjork, Billy Corgan, Michael Stipe, and Cher...

Kiss forever!
Fan Report From Brazil (w/ photo - I'm the first one to the left)
Subject: Fan Report From Brazil (w/ photo - I'm the first one to the left)
From: 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.
From: unown99 on 04/21/2009
Dear KISS,

I am one of your biggest fans and I love your music. I was wondering if you guys could include Los Angeles, California in your United States Tour. There are many places for you guys to play at. There is the Staples Center, The Forum, The Nokia Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. Those would be great places to play and I would be there at any of the those places. Thank you for considering this.

Anthony D.

Tommy Tommy Tommy
Subject: Tommy Tommy Tommy
From: Liliana on 04/21/2009
Amazing guitar!!
Thanks from Peru
Subject: Thanks from Peru
From: Liliana on 04/21/2009
KISS ... thanks for the best night of my life!!!
Chile 2009---comments of a ette by nature
Subject: KISS Chile 2009---comments of a Kissette by nature
From: seika on 04/21/2009
Hey hotties!

After much thought I decided to send you guys a note, expressing the joy you made me feel this past April 3rd, when you rocked Santiago (the neighbours of the stadium must have been so happy with the fireworks! well they should be!). It was a life time experience as I never had the chance of attending your previous visits here, but this time I could not miss you. I stood like 4 meters from you...I could almost smell your sweat..breath taking. I am sorry I missed you at the hotel.

GENE...let me tell you that your intimidating look has become heavier as time passes, and you are a larger than life icon, no comments your guitar solo was amazing....ERIC....I saw you filming the crowd between your rocking drums, I jumped my a** out to be recorded, but I was wearing a black T shirt among a black&white stadium.......and PAUL..I have said this passed right above me during Love further comments, sweet Starchild.

I was born in 1976, and my first memories of music are mainly you.. my oldest brother became a huge KISS fan at the age of 10 (around the same year; he attended the concert as well..ecstatic), so by the time I was born, my mother was nursing me while listening to Strutter or Deuce. By the time I was 5, my superheros were Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Kiss. Since then, I have loved your music and your shows, and your looks, specially while becoming a teenager (no further explanation is required, I presume..).

With all cyber help, and some money, I have been able to submerge back into the ī70s watching concerts, videos and interviews, way before I was born...even Kiss meets the Phantom of the Park...hmm I should have been conceived earlier...

I have attached "the" one good pic I got from your concert..which is myself, of course (and not "that" good either) one hour before you started. As you can see...I acquired one of your Alive 35 T shirts....due to personal issues, I could not wear the outfit I wanted...maybe next year, as you guys offered.

My love to you all! and rock Canada all the way!

come to Belo Horizonte
Subject: Kiss come to Belo Horizonte
From: queenzimbabue on 04/21/2009
The first time you came to BH I was not born, but now I am and you come to Brazil and you have not come to BH (I am sosad for that). My parents did not let me go because it was during the week and they did not want make me miss class Do not go to BH is an attitude of a person stupid (Sorry if I am offending) But even without going to a concert of you, the Kiss is still one of my favorite bands I ask to you to meet my request, because I still want to hear: \"All right Brazil. You Wanted the Best, You Got The Best. The hottest band in the world KISS\"
Peruvian´s army
Subject: Peruvianīs Kiss army
From: eegdavila on 04/21/2009
President Alan Garcia and crew. From La Republica, peruvian neswpaper
preparing our premiere
Subject: preparing our premiere
From: kissofrenia on 04/21/2009
Dear KISS,

my partners of KISSOFRENIA and me are preparing the last details for our first show ,next May 2nd in Buenos Aires. Your visit here turned on the KISS fever again, and lots of young fans are hoping for your new cd.

Your last visit made us understand what important you are in our lives, all the fans are joined now and we usually share all the information we have.

We don`t loose the hopes to see you in Buenos Aires again.
Meeting Tommy in Argentina
Subject: Meeting Tommy in Argentina
From: carolport on 04/21/2009
I just wanted to thank Tommy Thayer for taking this picture with me. Flying from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires was worth every minute just to KISS perform. They were magnificent - I knew they wouldn't let me down - they never do !!

I hope I can meet the entire band in Canada and get a picture with them. That would be a dream come true ! KISS is the BEST band in the world !!!

Hugs and KISSes,
Carolynn (a fan since I was 5 years old)
Subject: Demand Kiss
From: ramonolivera on 04/21/2009
The foto of the first letter was not corect
Dear: Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy
I am a boy of Barcelona and i am 14 i know that this is only a other letter of your fans, but i would like to think that this letter has something special. I would like that Kiss come to Barcelona soon becouse there are a lot of fans of you. Last thusdey i make a work about Kiss in my school, i dressed me same as paul, and it was very fun, all my friends like it.I thing that Kiss is the best band of the world, and my dream is to see Kiss live in Barcelona. I know that my english is not very good, sorry :).
Another cool photo from Caracas, Venezuela!
Subject: Another cool photo from Caracas, Venezuela!
From: nathaliehaaf on 04/20/2009
Magical moment during Black Diamond!
My great photo of Paul!
Subject: My great photo of Paul!
From: nathaliehaaf on 04/20/2009
I think the file was too big and it didnt get attached on my previous letter.. Much love boys!!
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