Backstage at Kiss, 10/26/09
Before I take you behind the scenes of the biggest circus in rock and roll, Lee and I must offer up a huge 'Elk "Thank You" and give props to our guy on the inside, Mr Eric McKenna, founder and proprietor of Boogie Street Guitars. Eric made the call that got up the backstage passes and for that, we're eternally grateful. In fact, Mr. Mckenna is, as of now an "official" honorary 'Elk in good standing and will receive a lifetime pass to the Mableton, GA. midnight showings of "Smokey and the Bandit". Tip 'o the hat to you, Mr. McKenna for actions above and way beyond the call of duty....
Now, for the real- deal Holyfield on what happened backstage. Unlike the atmosphere at the Metallica show, which was very casual and laid- back, being backstage at a Kiss show is to witness a machine so huge, well- oiled and precision, you wouldn't believe it unless you saw it with your own eyes. There are six different levels of passes and although the ones Lee and I had were supposedly the second most powerful, we could no more get near "the Boys" or their dressing rooms than blow a concrete cinder block out of our behinds. The owner of the comapny that provided security for the band that night is a long- time, personal friend of mine and even that made not a stitch of difference. Here is truth; Unless you are a family member or have paid your $1000.00 for the meet and greet premium package, you are not going to get anywhwere near the band members of Kiss and that's so written in stone, it should have been the 11th Commandment. Oh, I forgot- if you have a really, really short skirt and a great rack, you've got a good chance of meeting the band and I can't say I blame them a bit for that!