We all have to start somewhere don't we? How did you end up enjoying your hobby, what was your first taste of you favorite food, how did this band become your favorite, etc. Before I was into rock/metal, I was really lost in what my favorite music was. Mind you, rock isn't the only genre I listen to, but it is definitely the 'core' of my music soul. Where did it all begin though?

Oddly, enough, it began in the early 2000's. Before I got into rock music, I was listening to poppy stuff, mostly music off of the 'Now That's What I Call Music' series. I only made it to Now 6, that's where it ended because I discovered another kind of music. My brother had a few CD's like 'Korn Follow the Leader' and 'Godsmack,' but nothing that I could really call my own.

Like I mentioned before, in the early 2000's, a high school friend of mine named Mike discovered a movie that we both watched one evening, it was called 'Detroit Rock City.'

The movie was about a group of 4 guys that were on their way to Detroit, MI to see this band named KISS in concert. I had heard of KISS before, but at the time, I thought it was just 'old people music.' The movie kept building this hype to this band named KISS. The 4 characters kept running into issues, but they never lost focus on getting into the KISS concert in Detroit, MI. Eventually they did make it into the show, and that's when I first heard those words...

"You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world...KISS!"

I started seeing these 4 guys in a band, dressed up in leather, studs, and of course the makeup. There was bombs, fire, fireworks...just PURE pandemonium. I couldn't turn away from the TV screen! If I was getting this excited from a movie, I knew that I was onto to something special. Ace Frehley's guitar was smoking, Paul Stanley was catching bras, Gene Simmons was spitting blood, Peter Criss was just bashing the drums...it was perfect!

I have always been what you call a ham, a person who enjoys all of the attention. KISS embodied all of that, because when you watched them on stage, they demanded your attention. You couldn't turn away! It wasn't just a rock show, it was a rock show on steroids. I continued to re-watch that concert scene at the end of the movie countless times, many times just fast forwarding through the entire movie just for the concert ending.

Ever since then, rock became my genre, and KISS was leading the charge. It's no wonder why so many of today's bands are inspired by KISS. Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters, Pantera, Anthrax etc....ALL of them were inspired by KISS. If I didn't find KISS in my life, I know I wouldn't be where I am at now...Metalhead Ned would not exist.

Since then, I have seen KISS 4 times, met them (although brief, but joyous), purchased ALL of their albums on vinyl, read all of their books, etc. If you ever want to buy me anything for a birthday, Christmas, or just because...just make it KISS and I'll love it.