KISS fan since 1975
Posted on 01/23/2013The first time I saw KISS was in 1975. I WAS 3 YEARS OLD! They were on the Midnight Special. My sister was babysitting me, and they were on tv. That's my first memory of KISS. One of the bands that my brother liked was KISS, and he had some of their albums. Back then it was VINYL and 8 TRACK TAPES. Love Gun, Rock and Roll Over and Dynasty we had on 8 track. Destroyer and ALIVE II we had on vinyl. In the late seventies and eighties, my love of KISS grew. In 1977, my brother and a cousin went to Madison Square Garden to see them. I wished I could go, but I was only 5 at the time. My brother said they did a great live show. The originals broke up by 1981, and I thought I would never get to see Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter in concert. Then KISS Unplugged happened. Then the 1996 KISS Reunion Tour happened. I was one of the first people on line for tickets to the June 28, 1996 MSG show. I bought them at a local record store in Nanuet, NY (By the way not far from where Rock and Roll Over was recorded. The concert theater where the album was recorded is still there but is now used as a local church.) Those of us on line could not believe the first show sold out so fast. I got two tickets to the second show, one for myself and one for my brother. I got good seats close to the stage, because I remembered my brother told me he had nosebleed seats in '77. Later the same day that I bought my tickets, a friend told me he had an extra ticket to the first MSG show. So the first and second time I ever saw KISS in concert was the original lineup in 1996. It was awesome! KISS was and is still the best. Thank you Gene, Paul, Ace, Peter, Eric and Tommy and the other members of KISS for 40 years of the hottest band in the world!