Happy 40th Birthday
Posted on 01/23/2013I first got turned onto KISS in early 1975, when I was 9 years old, with “Dressed to kill”. Since that day and to this day, KISS has been a heavy influence on and in my life. Many times in my life I felt like I had no purpose, why am I here or “Reason to live”. The philosophy that KISS has cemented in the ground, since day one, to get them where they are today, believe in yourself, don’t let others tell you, you aren’t good enough or you will never make it, always carried me through those times. The first time I saw KISS live was at Madison Square Garden (New York City) 1979 for “The Return of KISS” the “Dynasty” tour. I was blown away then and I still am blown away by the attitude, ferocity, dedication, devotion and most of all, belief that KISS carries. I’ve been a fan through out all the hardships, lineup changes, different styles of music on certain albums, and most of all, I’ve been a fan because KISS has always been people and an entity that I look up to and idolize. When a lot of fans left KISS, for various reasons, I was loyal, dedicated and devoted through out the 80’s 90’s and to this day. Since early 1975 and to this date, January 23rd, 2013 I have never jumped off the KISS bandwagon. In a world where people get paid ridiculous amounts of money, some doing half of what KISS has achieved, most of them are not the role models they appear to be. Having met most of the members (barring Mark St. John) no matter how nervous I was, they always made me feel like they were down to earth and people who cared for their fans. All things mentioned inspired me to form the KISS Allegiance. I am also proud and honored to say that my 18 year old son, Eric, is every bit a die hard KISS fan like me. Thank you for being there for me, and thank you for still being a positive influence and force which continues to “Shout it out loud” that “I believe in me” which my son follows. Happy 40th Birthday KISS, here’s too many more years. You will never grow old, or fade out, because you flow through my veins and beat “Within” my heart.