Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
David T. on 06/21/2007
When I was six years old, or so, my cousin brought his \'Rock And Roll Over\' album to my parents\' house while visiting us over Christmas. We sat in my parents\' bedroom floor, in front of my mom\'s record player, for almost the entire 3 or 4 days he was there. Wow, did my life change that first day!!!
And you guys have been a part of it ever since. I\'m 37 now, and KISS is still my favorite band. Always has been.
I had a chance to go to my first concert (the LOVE GUN tour) when I was about 8, but my parents decided I was too young for that experience. Finally, years later, it happened: I saw the CRAZY NIGHTS tour in Tusla, OK. Not only did I manage to get pretty close to front/center of the stage, but during Eric Carr\'s drum solo (amazing!), I had one of the most memorable moments of my entire life.
Dripping with sweat, short of breath, exhausted, I went to the side walkway to catch my breath for a minute. This older guy next to me taps me on the shoulder (he looked like my uncle) points, and says, \"Hey, isn\'t that Paul Stanley over there?\"
He\'s pointing to the right side of the stage, behind a small barrier, about 20 or 30 feet away. Sure enough, Paul is standing there, drinking a cup of water or something.
I take off at a dead run, stick my hand forward, and run smack into this HUGE security-guy\'s tree-trunk of an arm. I\'m 5 feet from Paul Stanley - almost close enough to shake hands with him (my life-long dream), and instead, I\'m going to die!
I don\'t even look at the security guy, I just stare at Paul. He looks back, right in my eyes, then yells at the MAMMOTH beside me, \"Hey, it\'s all right!\"
I must have looked like the biggest grease-ball you\'ve ever seen; covered in sweat, long blonde hair stuck to my pimply face and my neck, and Paul just steps closer, smiles, and reaches out to shake my hand! OHMYGOD!!!!!!!!! So I yell, \"Thanks Paul!\", shake his hand, and grin stupidly for the next several months or so!
But, you know what? That\'s exactly the kind of thing that makes KISS so special to me. And to the rest of the KISS ARMY. Little moments like that one show alot about a person, or a band. Just like that moment, throughout my entire life, KISS has never let me down. Through deaths, divorces, and anything else life throws at us, we all know: we always have KISS.
I just wanted to take this chance to say to you, Paul, THANK YOU. That stupid little moment, when I was 17 or 18, made my life! Just to know that you were willing to take the time - to do that little extra for a fan - meant so much to me. And it told me that the man I\'ve idolized for so many years, was worth every second I spent, wishing I could be more like him.
Years later, I\'m happy to say, I got to see KISS twice on the FAREWELL TOUR (Memphis/Chicago), with the four original members. Needless to say, the best shows I\'ve ever seen, or ever will see. Plus, now I can forgive my parents for \'77! LOL
I wish you guys all the best, in anything you choose to do. That\'s the least you deserve, for everything you\'ve given to all of us over the past 30-some years.
Yours truly, David T., Missouri.
P.S. Love the \'LIVE TO WIN\' album! Please don\'t let it be the last!