The 8th wonder of the world
rac_kiss on 08/11/2008
Last weekend i went to , what i consider now the eight wonder of the world.
i had never seen a place like that, the ´KISS LOUNGE´ the one and only KISS sanctuary in the planet and not to mention the only bar-nightclub dedicated to one group or artist in the whole world, that is just something that no one, not even me can explain in words. People really have to go to see what am i talking about JUST AMAZING!! it is located 15 minutes from MEXICO CITY.
As soon as i steped into the bar i got frozen, i had never seen so many KISS collectibles all together, i could not even decide what i wanted to see first, i asked for a drink and started with the tour, for the first time in my life i saw KISS items that i thought i would never see in person, vintage items from the early 70´s sealed!!!, like the record player, the pajamas, the toy guitar, the radio control van a never ending list, Paul´s fire hat and all the must have KISS items.
This collection is just amazing ,it has all kind of items from all over the world, vinyls from Japan (with different obi stripes), Mexico, Australia, Argentina, Germany, France, Turkey, etc., teddy bears, clothes worn by different KISS members, so many promo stuff, a never ending list, 45 records, cd´s, 8 tracks, tour books, magazines, guitar picks, Kiss Army Leather Jackets and all kind KISS items, even the rarest of the rarest like the promo KISS coke bottle from france etc.
After that i just realized that i was talking with this guy, near the bar, under a Gene Simmons Axe Bass, but not only that, i was talking with Federico \"Kiko\" Riojas, the owner of the bar, at that time i didnt know it, so i was telling him my impressions of this very unique place, and after that he introduced him self, for the second time in the same day i was stunned, he started giving me a tour, he explained with details every item, how rare it is, the year of production and every detail i asked, he is something like a KISS Bible, he knows everything about all items.
Also he spoke such wonderful things about Gene,Paul,Eric,Tommy,Peter,Ace,Bruce and all past and present members of the band , amazing things like GENE being such an intelligent human being speaking something like 6 languages his incredible iq. level and being such a healthy person never drinking or smoking etc, and his life as a a bussinesman.
He showed me different Paul´s and Ace´s guitars, bath robes etc. he has been collecting items for the past 30 some years, now he has almost 5000 official items stored at the lounge. then he invited me to his office, and let me tell you it is full of KISSTORY, another shrine, there he has a pinball machine that i had the chance to play!!
Kiko organized at KISS LOUNGE, in 2004 and 2005 the KISS Expos in Mexico, first, with Eric Singer in 2004 but then in 2005 ESP played live
FEDERICO ´KIKO´RIOJAS told me that the Mexican News Agency called NOTIMEX ,the equivalent to REUTERS for mexico,central,south america and the caribbean made an interview with him just this past month you can see that interview just amazing.
Please visit www.kiss-lounge.com for more images and info, hope you can publish this at the KISSONLINE website,it is more than worth it and i am more than sure that all of the past and present and of course the KISS founding members like GENE and PAUL, must be very pleased that someone took almost all of his life to build a KISS shrine for them and KISS.
KISS fans from all over the world should now about this place and why not visit this place.