June 12, 2011
Hi Gene, Paul, Eric and Tommy,

This is very long winded, and I apologize now, but this is a very difficult letter for me to write.

I wanted to say thank you for making my best friend, Tim Mullen's, dream come true on November 14, 2009. He had sent a letter to you letting you know that he had terminal cancer and wanted to meet Paul as he had met Gene several times. He had been a life long KISS fan and had a tattoo done that Paul and Gene signed that night. Tim had the largest KISS collection of anyone that I have ever known in my life, even being interviewed because of it for MuchMusic. He was at every show that you have ever performed in Vancouver, BC and had kept almost every ticket stub, even framing some with a large newspaper ad announcing the concert.

I am the lucky person that he chose to bring with him when you sent him 2 free tickets and backstage passes to him for that magical evening. Not only was he my best friend, he is the only person that I have ever been to a KISS concert with in 18 years. Tim lost his fight with cancer on July 16, 2010.

When you play in Abbotsford, BC on June 27 it will be the first show without him for me as well as KISS. When I first got the email saying that you were playing here again, I instantly reached for my phone and started dialing his number before I remembered that he won't be coming to this one with me.

Before Tim passed away he had my 17 year old son, Jeremy, promise that he would go with me so that I would always have someone to go with when was gone. It will be so hard to sit there without him beside me but I know that everyday that KISS is on tour he is happily following and listening.

When I met him in the 1990, we instantly hit it off as friends because of our love of KISS. His entire bedroom, walls, ceiling everywhere was covered in KISS pictures, albums, lunchbox and much more including a KISS pinball machine. He had KISS action figures that he had re-created a stage setting for them with a KISS sign in the background that lit up.

Unfortunately, he fell on hard financial times and did have to sell a lot of it but he kept all of the records, tapes, cd's and dvd's and some of the action figures. When Tim passed away he left me what remained of his KISS collection. I wake up every morning and look at the KISS action figures and I think of him and am reminded as to why Jeremy and I will be at the show on June 27, no matter how hard it will be and how much I may cry.

I thank you for your time and patience in reading my letter.

Jeanette Colwell