Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Die-Hard KISS Fans Ready To Rock N’ Roll All Night In Halifax

Mark Wheatley couldn’t wait for KISS to come to Halifax.

He had to drive a province over – to Saint John, N.B. – to catch the face-painted quartet of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in concert the day before Thursday’s show at the Metro Centre.

“In a perfect world they’d be playing a couple of nights here,” said Wheatley, who’ll be dressing up in his KISS costume in anticipation of both shows, complete with black and white face paint.

The 44 year-old has been obsessed with the band since the tender age of seven. He’s seen them perform a dozen times, accrued more than $30,000 worth of KISS memorabilia and even embodies the persona of Catman for the Atlantic Canadian KISS tribute band, Dressed 2 Kill.

“We get to participate and play in the music we grew up on and that was the soundtrack to our lives,” said Wheatley. “I don’t think there’s anything better than that.”

KISS is currently touring North America on their Monster Tour. The last time they played in the HRM was in 2009.

With the band coming to Halifax, Wheatley views the concert as an opportunity to gain inspiration from the source.

“They’re 40 years strong. They’re still the greatest show in the world, the hottest band on earth,” said Wheatley.

In anticipation of KISS’ arrival in Atlantic Canada, Wheatley says Dressed 2 Kill has been approached with offers to play shows. But because of the unpredictability of any future concerts in the region, he says the band is reserving the time to watch their idols rather than emulate them.

“We opted to spend these shows with our families because we figured this is probably the last time they’re coming through here,” he said.

Tickets are still available for the show and can be purchased through Ticket Atlantic.