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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Review ESP Gig & KISS Expo!

It all happened march 17th 2007 in Helmond in The Netherlands. It was my second time I saw the band and here’s my review of this rockin’ day…
With some friends/visitors of my site and a Dutch KISS-forum we met early around 1 p.m. at the venue where the ESP gig and KISS Expo would be take place. Before the start of the expo we first get to a restaurant for soemthing to eat ect. This was also a opertunity to talk to eachother besides on forums. So these pics show you a part of the gang…And as you can see, we had a lot of fun!

Around 5 p.m. we where back at the venue and we checked out the mini-expo. There was still all kind of KISS items for sale. Also Keith from KISSonline had some cool stuff with him. I talked a with him and thanked him for putting my topic about my Ace Frehley Sideshow Figure on his site. Keith compliments me on my weblog and that he really enjoyed my work. Also the whole day people came up to me saying how much they liked my website and that’s always nice to hear that people appreciate it!
A little bit later it was time for ESP’s soundcheck and this is something you usually never get to see. Bruce, Chuck & John testing their guitars and Eric checking his drums out. Also they played We Are A American Band

Chuck during the sound check. Below: Bruce & Eric and some small talk on stage…

A while after the soundcheck was over it was time for the Q&A with only Eric & Bruce. They talked about their current projects (like the third solo CD from Bruce K3) about what kind of drummers & guitarist they liked and of course there were a lot of KISS questions, most of them has been asked on many expo’s before, so not much news here. So here are some answers: Bruce was never asked to fill in for Ace. Eric believes there will be 1 more world tour before all ends and about a new album, he says; you never know…Also Eric said that KISS planned to come to Europe in 2001 and that they’ve booked/scheduled a tour 3 times that year, but Ace didn’t want to do it…But that was in 2001, it’s now 2007 and still no European tour (yet)

After the Q&A session it was now time for the meet & greet signing session with also only Eric & Bruce and, oh boy, it was chacotic again (this happened also 2 years ago when ESP played in Helmond) Totally no good organisation again and with a hired secrurity who didn’t know what to do than pull fans away from the signing table! Eric & Bruce stayed there for almost 3 hrs to sign items for the, about 500 fans who showed up!

Always cool as ever…Mr. Bruce Kulick & me…

So, after all this it was finally time for ESP live!!! They played a lot of the songs from their, just released, ESP – Live At The Marquee DVD so here’s the setlist: Four Day Creep, Watching You, Love (I Don’t Need It Anymore) Unholy, Schools Out, Sweat Leaf, Jungle, Domino, Dancing Days, Nothin’ To Lose, War Machine, Maybe I’m A Leo, American Band, Power To The Music, I Love It Loud, encores: Black Diamond  & Tie Your Mother Down. Bruce even played a little bit of Hate. They had a lot of fun on stage, especially with John’s whore story…Those who where there knows what I’m talking about…Chuck "The Beast" Garrick who does a great Gene impression when he sings, Bruce cool guitar playing, John’s interactions with the crowd and of course Eric on the drums!

My favorite part of the show was during Jungle when both Eric & John playing on the drums…

And before I knew it, it was al over. I enjoyed the show, ESP played a good setlist, the sound was good and the guys had a lot of fun on stage! After the concert almost all the people left the venue and we stayed there to get a drink and after a little while Chuck, John, Bruce & Eric showed up and talked, signed stuff and take photo’s with fans (there where maybe 80 people still there) So here are mine…

Mr. Eric Singer & Me…

Mr. John Corabi & me…

And Mr. Chuck Garric & me…

Above you see my ESP photo, signed by all members!

BTW this report is also posted on the official Japanese Eric Singer Site in Japanese of course!


Rockhead said...

Comments are copied from my old blog!

Reply Amy says:
19 March 2007 at 20:12 Hi Carol, My name is Amy. I’m big KISS fan,too. I sow your weblog. It’s so nice and cool. I’m webmaster of Eric Singer Japanese website. I would like to up your some photos on Eric’sJapanese website. Can I shier your photos? And Could you report of ESP show? I would like up one of your photo you with Eric. How about that? Please e-mail me.

This is Eric’s Japanese site. It’s in Japanese. So you cannot read. But you can see somephotos in that site.

Thank you, Rock on !
Reply orcaunna says:
19 March 2007 at 20:24 Wow thank you so much for sharing your pix and your review! It sounds like you had a great time! Eric looks very handsome and very happy! Thanks again Carol!
Reply Sandy says:
19 March 2007 at 20:28 Loved your review Rockhead. Nice pics too with the bandmembers. I guess you had a great time!
Reply Marina says:
21 March 2007 at 13:33 Mooi verslag Carol!Leuk je te ontmoeten.Het was heel gezellig.Tot een volgende keer.
Reply Carol says:
22 March 2007 at 14:07 @ Marina, Leuk om jou ook te ontmoeten, hoe zijn de foto’s geworden? Ik zal mijn foto’s dit weekemd even naar je toemailen…
Reply Lars says:
24 March 2007 at 12:57 Was een toppie dag met ESP. Trouwens leuk je ontmoet te hebben Rockhead!
Reply Nicole says:
24 March 2007 at 14:10 Leuk je gesproken te hebben rockhead, mooi verslag en een top concert!
Reply Jan says:
24 March 2007 at 18:16 Vet cool dat je report nu ook op de Japanse site staat, ben even wezen gaan kijken, alleen alles in het Japans, haha
Reply kissalways says:
25 March 2007 at 14:10 Glad you had such a good time but hey who wouldn’t at an ESP show. I love the photo with you and Bruce
Reply Catwoman says:
25 March 2007 at 14:12 Well done Rockhead on the official Eric Singer Japanese Site !!!!!
Wow well done to you!
Have seen the DVD and really enjoyed it!!!!!! Glad I listened to George and everyone that said it was good you were right!!!!!!!!!!
Reply stafford80 says:
25 March 2007 at 18:17 Great review Carol…….
Cant wait to see the guys at the weekend.At least some members of the KISS family can make the effort to come visit their european fans..
Reply Cor says:
27 March 2007 at 02:51 Hoi,

Leuk dat je aandacht besteed aan het ESP / KISS Expo spectakel in Helmond. En leuk om te horen dat je het naar je zin hebt gehad. Ik wil echter één klein puntje van kritiek laten horen. Je schrijft dat de organisatie wederom slecht was. Daar ben ik het niet mee eens! Zoals je ook hebt kunnen zien hadden we aan het begin van de dag nog een signeerlokatie in de speelzaal gemaakt maar omdat ESP ruim twee uur te laat binnenkwam, kwamen we in de knoop met de soundcheck van Purple Strangers. Vandaar dat de sessie verplaatst werd naar de hal. Overmacht! Was dat niet gebeurd, dan weet ik zeker dat er geen/minder problemen waren geweest. De meet & greet in 2005 was inderdaad wel een zooitje En de security?? Tja… Sommige mensen nemen hun werk iets te serieus ben ik bang.

Waarschijnlijk gaat het de volgende keer 100% goed!

Groeten van Cor
Manager Plato
Reply Carol says:
31 March 2007 at 14:00 @ Cor (Plato): Met “no good organisation again” bedoel ik de chaos rond de signeersessie en de secrurity (die inderdaad hun job te letterlijk nam) De rest was gewoon top!
Reply bk says:
8 April 2007 at 21:33 thanks!
Reply Alexandra says:
7 July 2007 at 17:24 Nice picture!
Eric Singer is really hottie

Rockhead said...

Comments are copied from my old blog!

Carol says:
11 March 2007 at 14:25 @ Tamara, jammer dat je er niet bij bent…
Reply Tamara says:
11 March 2007 at 19:00 Jah…ach volgende keer weer
Reply kabbie says:
12 March 2007 at 17:15 Dus om 13:00 verzamelen.
Reply Carol says:
12 March 2007 at 19:37 @ Kabbie: Ja om 13:00 uur bij Plato, Leuk om je daar te zien en ik neem de Paul boekjes voor je mee!
Reply tripel says:
18 March 2007 at 16:44 Het was weer bere-gezellig, ik heb je nu eens de hand kunnen schudden Carol.
Reply Jan says:
18 March 2007 at 18:41 Mooie recensie Rockhead en leuk je ontmoet te hebben! Ga zo door!
Goede show van esp gisteren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply Annick says:
18 March 2007 at 18:59 leuke Revieuw Carol.
ik heb je dus wel gezien maar we hebben niks tegen elkaar gezegd, jammer, volgende keer beter.
mijn fotos staan ook online

Reply Larry says:
18 March 2007 at 19:17 Goed verslag Carol !!
Was zeker leuk gisteren !!
Tot de volgende keer !
Reply LadySPACEACE aka HAR says:
18 March 2007 at 19:19 Volgende x zijn wij er weer!

Met GRACE….If u like it or not
Reply Kabbie says:
18 March 2007 at 19:28 Ik vond het waanzinnig gezellig om jullie allemaal weer te zien, en een top concert !!
Ik heb uiteindelijk alle handtekeningen gekregen,JOEPIDEPOEPIE . . .
En wat een lekker ding is die John toch … ~_*
Reply remco says:
18 March 2007 at 19:29 was zeker weer een leuke en gezellige dag!
zoals Larry al zei hiervoor, tot een volgende keer!
Reply Carol says:
18 March 2007 at 19:29 Thanks! Was inderdaad gezellig gisteren met de hele club.

@ Larry: Leuk dat je dochter & jij op KISSonline staan, zal ze wel trots op zijn!

@ Annick: Helaas, maar ik wist niet hoe je eruit zag.

@ Har: Neem Grace gerust mee, het was hot gisteren!

@ Tripel: Leuk om persoonlijk kennis met je te maken yesterday!
Reply Carol says:
18 March 2007 at 19:31 @ Remco: Thanks for the KISS plate! Ik zag al enkele foto’s van je.

Wat is gisteren was is zeker voor herhaling vatbaar…
Reply Chantal says:
18 March 2007 at 19:33 Wow great review and pics! Can’;t wait to see ESP overhere
Reply mrstarchild says:
18 March 2007 at 20:26 looks great.
Wish i could of been there.
Reply Catwoman says:
19 March 2007 at 19:58 Cool pics looks like you had a great time.
Reply Rhonda says:
19 March 2007 at 20:00 The pics are awesome!!!! I read the review, what a great night you had with other Kiss fans and of course the guys from ESP.
Thanks Carol.
Reply George says:
19 March 2007 at 20:04 Thanks Carol. Looks like you all had a great time. Excellent review and pictures .

Rockhead said...

Comments are copied from my old blog!

Carol says:
15 January 2007 at 13:16 Leuk Annick om je daar ook te zien!

Wat betreft die KISS-expo:

*Zover ik weet heeft op dit moment alleen Kisskollector een tafel!

*Tribute band KISSthis! wilde graag in het voorprogramma van ESP spelen, maar ESP wilde geen KISS related voorprogramma?

*Signeer/Foto sessie met Eric, Bruce, John & Chuck voor of na het ESP concert!

Als iemand meer weet over de expo m.b.t. KISS merchandise dealers enz. laat dan even wat weten hier in dit topic!
Reply Carol says:
18 January 2007 at 19:11 Update Expo:

- International merchandise stands
- Question & answer session met Bruce en Eric
- Sign & photo session met Bruce en Eric, John en Chuck.
- KISS music all day long

Als echte KISS diehard mag je de KISS Expo niet missen!
Hier vind je de laatste nieuwe merchandise o.a. uit USA.
Hier tref je de meest fanatiek KISS Army leden van over de hele wereld.
Stel je vragen over zaken die je altijd al wilde weten over KISS aan 2 van de KISS leden.
Ga op de foto met je helden en laat je favoriete item door hen signeren!
Reply Har says:
19 January 2007 at 07:02 Hmm

Hoe zit dat met de toegangsprijs Carol? Ik wil wel naar de expo maar niet naar het concert. Weet jij meer over de prijs die dan geldt?

Reply Carol says:
19 January 2007 at 14:32 @ Har: Zover ik weet is er 1 toegangsprijs van € 23,- voor zowel het concert als expo…
Reply Carol says:
19 January 2007 at 15:02 Update:

KISSonline will be attending the Expo!
Reply rob says:
22 January 2007 at 12:57 Lijkt mij een leuke dag te gaan worden!
Reply Nicole says:
23 January 2007 at 14:30 Helaas kan ik niet gaan, ben bezet op die dag.
Reply Carol says:
4 February 2007 at 19:37 Update:

Ticket only says show at 20.30 hrs.
But expo starts at 16.30 hrs.
And all tickets of 23 euro’s is including KISS-expo!!!
Reply kabbie says:
22 February 2007 at 00:54 Ik ben er ook ,joepidepoepi en dan KOL ook nog erbij,WoW
Reply Carol says:
1 March 2007 at 17:40 ZA 17 MRT. KISS FAN EXPO

entree vvk: 23,00 avondkassa: 25,00 euro | deur open: 16.00 uur

The Expo’s Special Guests are Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Eric and Bruce will be doing a question & answer session and will also be available for autographs and photos. KISS merchandise will be on sale throughout the event. Eric, Bruce, John Corabi (Motley Crue) and Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper) will end the evening with a full concert beginning at 22:00.
KISSONLINE will be attending the Expo! For more information: http://www.kissonline.com

Tickets for the ESP show are valid for the whole day, there are no tickets available only for the Kiss Fan Expo.

In 2004 al eens in Plato geweest dit project van de Drummer van oa Kiss en Alice Cooper; Eric Singer. Zijn ster line up mag er tevens wezen; Bruce Kulick, Guitar (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), Chuck Garric, Bass (Alice Cooper) en John Corabi, Guitar and Vocals (Scream, Motley Crue)
ESP zal buiten zijn eiegen nummers ook een repertoire ten gehore brengen van klassieke Kiss, Alice Cooper Motley Crue en Union songs mede enkele nummers uit de solo periode van Bruce Kulick.
Reply Tamara says:
11 March 2007 at 14:11 Gaaf Carol die buttons aan de zijkant in het menu! En nee, ik ben er helaas niet bij volgende week. Have fun ieder1 die wel gaat!

Rockhead said...

Comments are copied from my old blog!

Leanne says:
16 December 2006 at 19:37 That’s awesome news, Carol. You must be happy.
Reply kissimmeme says:
17 December 2006 at 13:38 If you are lucky enough to go take plenty of pics and share with us Eric girls!
Reply stafford80 says:
17 December 2006 at 15:02 I thought this was supposed to be a secret until al later date…
Ive been told not to say anything at the moment……..
Reply Carol says:
24 December 2006 at 14:43 ESP Tickets zijn nu bij Ticketmaster.nl te koop voor Euro 28,-
Dit is inclusief reserverings & porto kosten!
Reply Jan says:
26 December 2006 at 16:54 Ik ga er zeker heen, is een dik uurtje rijden. Ik ga morgen even kijken voor een kaartje!
Reply Carol says:
26 December 2006 at 17:28 Wie gaat er nog meer?
Reply Tachtiger says:
4 January 2007 at 19:29 Dat lijkt mij wel iets.
Reply Jan says:
7 January 2007 at 13:29 Ik ben er ook!
Reply remco says:
7 January 2007 at 13:34 Andre en ik zijn er ook weer…
Reply Carol says:
10 January 2007 at 14:06 @ Remco: Fijn om jullie daar ook weer te zien. Misschien kunnen we s’middags al afspreken met elkaar, hapje eten of zo…
Reply Jan says:
12 January 2007 at 14:32 Te gek ook een Kiss expo! Werd ook weer eens tijd
Reply arthur says:
13 January 2007 at 18:14 Tja, zou heel graag willen gaan, maar in Maart zit ik ergens, ver van Nederland
Reply Mark says:
14 January 2007 at 13:37 Ben er ook net als vorig jaar.
Groet, Mark – http://hier.is/mark
Reply Carol says:
14 January 2007 at 14:02 Update Expo:

Ik kreeg vandaag een reactie van Joop (KK) op mijn vraag of hij meer wist over de expo in Helmond:

Hoi Carol,

Ik vertrek zometeen voor twee weken met wintersportvakantie dus kan dit nu
niet checken. Ik had wel aangegeven dat ik een fanclubstand wil bij Eric’s
optreden (het was toen nog niet zeker of het ESP of andere band zou
worden), dus het zou me niet verbazen als er gelijk een KISS Expo van
gemaakt wordt.

Reply Annick says:
14 January 2007 at 23:20 hai
Ik ben er ook, te gek dat er ook Kiss expo is.