Location: New Orleans ,LA, USA
How long have you been a KISS fan for and what was the first KISS record you heard? I have been a fan since 1976! I got DESTROYER on 8 track tape when I was five because my dad had this great 8 track stereo player in their bed room. But, technically, to answer your question... I heard DRESSED TO KILL first.
What was the first bit of KISS merchandise you bought? I was given albums and posters but the first thing I bought with my own money was ALIVE II on vinyl! I was so excited to get the mini tour book and tattoos that came inside!
What is your favourite piece you own, and which is the most rarest? Well my fave is hard to say but I will go with my pinball machine so far it's signed by Gene , Peter and Ace! Still gotta get Paul to sign it. And which is the most rarest? Well, I have a few one-of-a-kind pieces so here is the story on my favourite rare piece. I went to see Ace play the HOUSE OF BLUES here in New Orleans and I brought a guitar for him to sign. I met his road crew outside and was told Ace would not sign it. So I was so bummed and they felt bad and took me inside the venue prior to the show to check out Ace's real gear and see the stage set up. After my tour of his gear and such , I saw his guitar tech working at the bar on one of his guitars. I asked to go over and see what he was doing. As I approached, I saw that he had removed parts off. I noticed it was the melted and rusted out parts from his smoking guitar trick. I was like "Holy shit! What are you gonna do with that?" The tech replied "Probably just throw it away." I was like "No way, bro. I gotta have it!", so he said "Before I give it to you let me tell you a bit about it (being as it was the first solo show since he had departed KISS on the Farewell Tour, he had not touched the guitar till then). So it was actually used on KISS's last show together featuring ACE on guitar! I freaked and high-fived the tech and yelled "Fuckin thank you, my man!!!". He said "You are a true fan, aren't you?" I said "Hell yes, I am!" He said "Man, I'm so happy to give it to a real fan like you!"
What KISS rarity would you most like to add to your collection? Being as I have guitars, guitar picks, drum stick, signed drum heads, Paul's mic , a towel from Ace with make up on it, a dried rose from Peter... a smashed guitar from 1984. I'm not too sure what else I would want. But I would not mind having a real dragon boot.
What does your family or partner think of your KISS obsession? They have all accepted it and don't mind at all.
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