Going to a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, is always a good time because they allow fans to tailgate before the show. But when KISS is one of the bands performing I know the parking lot scene is going to be extra special and Saturday night was no exception.
We (Tammy, Kari and myself) were there to see Mötley Crüe, but the KISS Army in the parking lot provided plenty of entertainment, even though we were parked next to a couple of creepy people.
The Honda Creeper and The Lone Wolf
We got to the venue around 3:15 and made our way to a parking spot. We noticed the grey Honda Accord that pulled in on our left and I thought it was odd that there was only one person in the car.
Tammy: Maybe he’s meeting someone and they told him to get there early for a good tailgating spot.
We had pulled out our little propane grill and threw a few brats on but “The Honda Creeper,” as I affectionately called him, thought it was too close to his car. He let me know when I walked by one time and asked me to move the grill.
I told him it wasn’t as close as he thought it was (he had been looking at it in his passenger side mirror) but that I would move it. It was a minimum of three feet away from his car, but to humor him I moved it a foot closer to our car.
We kept waiting for someone to join The Honda Creeper, or for him to get out of his car but neither of those things happened as he sat in his car for a little over 3 hours.
When he did get out of car, he had a giant pair of noise cancelling headphones, and walked to the back of his car and put his hand on the bumper that was closest to us to see if it was warm due to the proximity of our grill.
We just looked at each other and laughed as he headed toward the entrance.
The other creepy person was parked just in front of The Honda Creeper.
He was there by himself as well and sat flipping through a binder of KISS pictures for most of the afternoon. Every now and then he would get up, look around and sing along to whatever song was being played.
The KISS Army
It wasn’t long before the parking lot started filling up and we got our first glimpses of the KISS Army.
I saw the flag flying from the row behind us and knew we were going to be in for a treat.
I just didn’t know how much of a treat it was going to be.
Even though this is the second time we have been to a KISS concert, this was the first time we experienced the Army in all of it’s pre-concert glory.
We sat and watched the KISS Army crew “Rock and Roll All Night” and while the fake Gene Simmons was a lot of fun, there was one thing that stuck out in my mind as the most entertaining moment of the parking lot.
At some point the female Gene Simmons (the girl in the gray shirt above) changed from her tailgating attire to her concert gear.
When I first noticed that she had changed clothes I grabbed my camera and ran over to where they were sitting.
She had put on a pair of KISS long john pajamas but had neglected to close the “trap door” and there was no way I could let that go by without snapping a picture.
Fortunately she was more than willing to let me capture the moment for everyone to enjoy.
The Freaks Come Out At Night
The KISS Army weren’t the only “interesting” people in the parking lot. Some people made it by our spot without me being able to get my camera out in time, but did snag a few.
Porta Potty Humor
After a few beers I found myself needing to “break the seal” and made my way to the line at the porta potties.
I selected the shortest line and settled in when I heard a loud woman’s voice behind me.
Woman: All of you guys before me are gonna be quick right? Cause I gotta go.
I didn’t even fully turn around to look at her when I responded.
Me: Not me. I gotta take a BIG SH!T.
Woman: You’re kidding right?
Me: I wish. I’ve been holding it all morning and I can’t hold it any longer.
At this point I noticed other guys in the line laughing while she tried to determine if I was kidding.
Woman: Please tell me you’re kidding.
Me: I can’t do that. But I’ll try to be quick. It’ll prolly come out real fast.
Woman: Well I guess that’d be OK.
Me: If you want I can leave a little on the seat for you.
Woman: Grosss!! Please don’t do that.
Me: Again I can’t make any promises. It’s prolly gonna come out before I even hit the seat. It’ll be a squat and blow.
Woman: Oh man, I knew I should have gotten in a different line. Can I go in front of you?
Me: No way!! I’m so close there’s no way I can hold it any longer.
It was at the point that I started laughing and she realized I was kidding.
Woman: That’s not funny. I really thought you were gonna take a big dump in there. You’re mean.
Me: That’s not mean. I could have told you to shut up. That would have been mean.
I made my way into the porta potty and took care of business. On my way out I grabbed a handful of toilet paper and offered it to the lady behind me. She didn’t think it was funny but everyone did.
Just in Case
She was holding up a blowjob shot glass
Tammy: Ummm, what’s this for?
Me: In case I want one.
She just looked at me and shook her head and I just started laughing.
The Homeless Look
Around 6:30 we started loading everything up to make our way to the entrance.
Kari: Are you gonna take your “murse” in? Can I put something in it?
Me: It’s not a murse! It’s a satchel, a backpack.
The girls just laughed as they continued to layer sweatshirts and grab blankets. They had so much stuff with them that they looked like two homeless ladies.
Tammy: Hurry up. We’ve got to go to the bathroom.
Me: Then go. I’ll finish putting everything in the car and I’ll meet you at the bathrooms.
I got there just before it was Kari’s turn to go in so they gave me everything they had in their hands. Now I looked like a homeless person.
A Rare Sighting
We made our way inside and found a spot in the lawn so we could see everything clearly.
As soon as we sat down I spotted what I believe to be one of the few remaining mullets in America.
Although considering we were in Wisconsin I expected to see a LOT more of them.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
There was an opening act on stage when we got inside. I couldn’t tell you anything about them other than they had a Union Jack and American Flag on stage and that they sounded a little like L.A. Guns (it wasn’t L.A. Guns).
It wasn’t long before the lights went out which caused a loud roar from the crowd. It was time…
For the first time since 1987, I saw Mötley Crüe take the stage and I could barely control myself. I jumped up and down and screamed out as they played Saints of Los Angeles.
The set list was a mixture of old and new songs that covered their 30+ year career.
Saints of Los Angeles
Shout at the Devil
Same Ol Situation
Don’t Go Away Mad
Home Sweet Home
Tommy Lee drum solo
Girls, Girls, Girls
Mick Mars guitar solo
Kickstart my Heart
While I was so excited to see the Crüe live, I was a little disappointed in Vince Neil because he kept forgetting the lyrics. He would nail the chorus, but he would often forget the verses.
I think that’s why so many different female singers came out on stage to “assist” Vince during the spots he struggled.
But, like Kari said after the concert, it was about reliving our youth. She was right because I felt like I was 17 years old again.
Below are the pictures I took during the concert before it started raining so bad that I had to put the camera away. It ending up raining so hard that we didn’t even stick around to see KISS.