The Kiss show at Tokyo Dome on March 3 was the third time I've seen the band play live.
The first time was in Sydney in 1980 — my first-ever live concert. At 13, I was a massive Kiss fan, dressed to the nines and all made up like the group's original drummer Peter Chris, "the Cat," much to the amusement of my father, who chaperoned.
I lost interest in Kiss around 1983 when the members took off the makeup. However, I decided to go see them for a laugh in Ottawa in 1996, when the original lineup put the costumes back on. I was living in Canada at the time, and my mates and I couldn't help but chuckle when guitarist Paul Stanley shouted to the crowd, "We played Montreal last night, but they didn't rock as hard as you do Ottawa!"