State Fair: It's KISS. It's Motley Crue. For these brothers, it's destiny.
By Ross Raihala
Tim Meyer was "blindsided" by the news.
"I was completely shocked," he said. "I had goosebumps. Within seconds, I called my brother."
What was the fuss? Two of rock music's most flamboyant bands -- Kiss and Motley Crue -- had just announced a joint summer tour, with a show booked at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
"It felt like nothing else mattered now," said the 36-year-old welder from Plymouth. "There's nothing that can top this concert."
For Tim Meyer and his older brother Brian, it won't be just another night of music under the stars. Instead, it's a rare convergence of the men's near-lifelong passions. Brian, 41, fell for Kiss as a second-grader growing up in Faribault. A few years later, Tim discovered Motley Crue.
"We shared a bedroom and I put up my Kiss posters on one side, and he put his Motley Crue pictures on the other side," Brian said. "We wanted to cover all the walls, and when we did, our mom said, 'OK, pick one and the rest go down.' "
But that wasn't the end of the Meyer brothers' obsessions. If anything, it was just the beginning.
Brian now lives in Owatonna with his wife and 18-year-old son. Not only did he hold on to all the Kiss memorabilia from his youth, he continued to add to the collection. He bought his current house in 2001, specifically because it had room for him to create a Kiss museum in the basement.