If you are reading this, then chances are that you already know that I am a music fanatic and a devoted KISS fan for almost 40 years. Four decades! My father even met Paul Stanley in June 1979 and scored my whole family tickets to the Dynasty Tour concert the next night. My first concert! Gene wore a very distinct costume that night, not his usual one, and only for that show. I am still able to find pictures from my first KISS show decades later from that costume and it warms my heart. The very first song I learned how to play on guitar was a KISS song that Gene sang. I have seen them a dozen times over the years. My entire wardrobe in high school was KISS tour shirts. The fact that most people dismissed them made me like them even more and reinforced my belief in being true to yourself and what you love. KISS wasn't just a band, it was a way of life.
"I, believe in me, yes I, believe in something more than you can understand, I believe in me". - From the song "I" by Gene Simmons off the Music from The Elder album, 1981.
Almost 40 years later, an incredible opportunity has come up to actually meet Gene Simmons and purchase his career spanning Vault box set that includes meeting him and so much more, but unfortunately, I am unable to come up with the funds at this time. And this really bums me out. I have always prided myself on being frugal (okay, maybe even cheap) and a life without cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs has always given me extra money to spend on music and fandom. But, being a homeowner (a responsible one) with a dog that has health issues (crazy expensive medication) and a career in retail has left me without the moolah for this event, which is coming up next July in Atlanta.
So, this is where you come in! I am trying to raise funds to cover as much of the cost as possible. By offering Reward Levels, you'll get to receive something for your donation. In other words, buy some stuff, hire me, make me work for you, let me earn the money that you generously donate. I'm not a charity. I have a hard work ethic, two jobs, and I believe in earning what you want. Take a look at the list of work that I can do or goods for your donation. This will be fun and have great story value!
And what is all the money for? Check it out.
The GENE $IMMONS VAULT EXPERIENCE! which includes:
Gene Meet & Greet: You and a guest will spend one-on-one time with Gene in your area
“Songs & Stories” Playback Session and Q&A: You and a guest will attend an intimate Vault preview
Gene photo/video/autograph session
Gene hand delivers your limited-edition personalized Vault
Vault Pre-Pack: Signed Golden Ticket, T-Shirt, Download Card (with “Are You Ready”), And laminate.
Your numbered, limited-edition VAULT Includes:
150 never-released-before songs written and performed by Simmons, and featuring notable rock and roll artists including members of KISS past and present, packaged in a massive 12” x 12” x 1.5”(thick) cloth-bound with embossed gold foil commemorative book featuring dozens of never-seen-before images of Simmons over his 50-year career
Limited-edition collectibles including a Gene Simmons businessman action figure and an “In Gene We Trust” oversized coin
A one-of-a-kind, hand-selected original piece of memorabilia from Gene’s personal collection
And now you know why I can't resist and why this means so much to me! So, please consider this my Christmas/Birthday/Marriage Anniversary gift and a cool way to get stuff or work done that you would like.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Rock and Roll All Nite!
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