Posted: Aug 21, 2007 11:15 pm
MId South Coliseum, Memphis, 8/12/79
This was a week after my 9th birthday and I can remember quite a bit of it. I remember finding out KISS was coming by reading the FANFARE section of the Sunday paper and seeing a quarter page ad announcing the concert, I immediately ran outside to my mom who was sunbathing by the pool and I was yelling my head off, "mom, they're coming, they're coming!!!!!" and her exact words were "Who is coming?" and I said "KISS!!!". I remember getting 2 tickets a few days later at the Pop Tunes record store on Summer Avenue and on the back of the tix they had rubber stamped a message saying that "view maybe obstructed". We ended up with like basically front row balcony upper level. I took my dad Wink I remember people outside the coliseum selling bootleg t shirts, but I didnt know they were boots at the time. I also remember my dad who was 45 years old at the time, stuffing my little camera down my shirt as we went into the coliseum as they had posted signs saying no cameras allowed. The place was sold out. 12000 strong. There was a very good carbon copy of Gene and Ace walking around on the floor in 77/78 era costumes posing during the intermission. My dad wanted me to take photos of them, but i told him that they were not KISS. He sat with me thru the opening act, New England, and after they were done, he said "
See them two girls behind us?" I turned around and there was a black girl and a white chick maybe late teens. and I go "yeah" and my dad says, "they are smoking pot. Don't ever let me catch you doing that", which he never did Laughing
My dad went into the concession area pretty much for the whole concert, so he could smoke his pipe and stay away from the "noise". KISS came on and i was just mesmerized. Completely transfixed. It's hard to recall specifics because it was sooo long ago and i was totally in awe. I do remember squeezing the "air" gun with my fingers during Love Gun as my dad came up to the seat to just check on me. (Probably just making sure I'm not getting stoned). I also recall Paul doing what seemed like a long stage rap before New York Groove. Other than that I do not remember anything else. I do remember taking 4 crappy pictures with my camera and someday i'm gonna find them and scan em fur yall knuckleheads.
ok, im done