Call to Action – Help me open for KISS!

by Eric Melin on December 4, 2009

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me with gene simmons tribute guyAnyone who knows me knows of my unhealthy obsession. KISS was the band that made me want to play the drums. They are singlehandedly responsible for getting me into rock n’ roll. That is powerful stuff. Now, after almost 20 years of playing in bands, I have my first real opportunity to open for my childhood heroes (this Thursday at the Sprint Center in KC)!

You can help me realize that dream. Click here to go to KC station 101 The Fox and vote for my band The Dead Girls. (You have to register before you vote, but it doesn’t take long.)

eric melin as peter criss 1978We had an early lead, but are losing ground every day. Please take a moment to vote and then spread the word to anyone who understands what a big deal this is. Think of it as the Make-A-Wish foundation for a grown-up who never grew up. Voting is over Monday night at midnight. Thank you so much!!! You have no idea what this means…

The pictures to the right are me, my brother, and our cousins in 1978. (That’s me as Peter Criss with my crayon drumsticks and Lite Brite homemade KISS logo behind me!) At the bottom of the post is me as Peter Criss last year, as illustrated by artist Micah Smith. The pictures to the right are from when The Dead Girls opened for a KISS tribute band…now we want to open for the real deal!

Our guitarist Cameron wrote this on The Dead Girls’ site:

I have been playing music in some capacity for about fifteen years now, and especially in these times of economic hardship, I have found myself wondering why more than once. A lot of the time, it’s a ton of hard work for very little payoff. But, I knew that going into it, and whenever I find I am beating myself up about the choices I’ve made, I ask myself, “What did you expect? That you would open for KISS someday or something?”

dead girls opening for KISS tribute bandNever in my wildest dreams did I actually think this would be a possibility. But, as of last night, that possibility has materialized.

When 101 The Fox, a classic rock station (sorry…THE classic rock station) in Kansas City, announced their “Open For Kiss” contest, I had no idea it was even a thing. I was still trying to figure out how to win some free tix to the show, because my friend Eric (notorious KISS superfan and Dead Girls drummer) had done this through another radio contest that involved writing an essay about why you love KISS and sending in a photo that was KISS related.

kiss 1978 on tennis rackets melinThankfully, Eric had some fake blood on hand (fresh from his appearance at the Air Guitar National Championships in DC), doused his tongue in it, and took a picture of himself in front of his velvet KISS…now how would he NOT win that competition?

So imagine the possibilities when this same guy hears about this OTHER radio contest, except this one involves having your BAND OPEN FOR KISS. Eric’s tenacity (which is fueled by KISS like a junkie’s joneses are fueld by smack) is one that is hard to match, and usually impossible not to notice.

He sent a demo of our song “Last Words”, and the contest folks loved it. All of a sudden, holy SHIT dude, we could open for KISS?!?!?

Like a lot of the contests and shindigs we get involved in, our winning–our ability to share the stage with these rock gods–depends solely on the amount of votes we can gather up on the 101 The Fox website. You all have been amazing about voting for us in these contests, as we have won many of them, and it is continually appreciated by all of us. But, if you have helped us at all in the past, PLEASE don’t hesitate to help us this time. Using words I’m sure Gene Simmons has used at some point in his life, “This is the BIG ONE.”

Visit the 101 The Fox website to VOTE for THE DEAD GIRLS today, and thank you all!

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Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Nicole December 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

I understand the obsession being a Kiss fan myself, but my question is, of all the bands.. Are you guys pursuing a music career? Will you make the most of this opportunity? Or is this just a one off show for you? The reason I ask is a few of the other bands could use this chance to further their careers using this show as a springboard. I mean it’s your conscience as a musician. You do what you want. I’m just sayin

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2 Nicole December 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

I understand the obsession being a Kiss fan myself, but my question is, of all the bands.. Are you guys pursuing a music career? Will you make the most of this opportunity? Or is this just a one off show for you? The reason I ask is a few of the other bands could use this chance to further their careers using this show as a springboard. I mean it’s your conscience as a musician. You do what you want. I’m just sayin

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3 .alphamonkey. December 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m just sayin’ yours might be the most offensive, boneheaded comment I’ve ever seen on Scene-Stealers. Who are you to question whether The Dead Girls are ‘pursing a musical career’? They’re relentless performers who’ve been more dedicated, professional, and driven than a damn sight more bands than I’ve seen in my day. They’ve released videos, eps (all wholly self-financed), and perform live at every opportunity. Yes, Nicole, they’re a real band comprised of some of the most humble, amazing musicians you could ever be lucky enough to know. The idea that this is just some elaborate lark for Eric, Nick, JoJo, and Cameron couldn’t possibly be more in the wrong.

You should be ashamed for even entertaining (let alone actually committing to internet perpetuity) any notion to the contrary.

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4 .alphamonkey. December 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m just sayin’ yours might be the most offensive, boneheaded comment I’ve ever seen on Scene-Stealers. Who are you to question whether The Dead Girls are ‘pursing a musical career’? They’re relentless performers who’ve been more dedicated, professional, and driven than a damn sight more bands than I’ve seen in my day. They’ve released videos, eps (all wholly self-financed), and perform live at every opportunity. Yes, Nicole, they’re a real band comprised of some of the most humble, amazing musicians you could ever be lucky enough to know. The idea that this is just some elaborate lark for Eric, Nick, JoJo, and Cameron couldn’t possibly be more in the wrong.

You should be ashamed for even entertaining (let alone actually committing to internet perpetuity) any notion to the contrary.

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5 TS December 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

voted and passed on. good luck buddies!

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6 TS December 4, 2009 at 2:02 pm

voted and passed on. good luck buddies!

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7 Laurie December 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Wow Nicole, you really should do some research before your make comments like that.

Good luck guys! I’ve voted.

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8 Laurie December 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Wow Nicole, you really should do some research before your make comments like that.

Good luck guys! I’ve voted.

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9 Ville December 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Hey, you got your vote.. all the way from Finland :)
Keep up the good reviews.. (already waiting for the oscar-picks too)

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10 Ville December 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Hey, you got your vote.. all the way from Finland :)
Keep up the good reviews.. (already waiting for the oscar-picks too)

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11 trustthedust December 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Nicole, please tell your husband I am sorry for voting for the Dead Girls.

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12 trustthedust December 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Nicole, please tell your husband I am sorry for voting for the Dead Girls.

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13 Eric Melin December 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, everybody! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Ville- Finland? Wow. Amazing. (Prediction: Oscars this year will severely disappoint me.)

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14 Eric Melin December 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, everybody! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Ville- Finland? Wow. Amazing. (Prediction: Oscars this year will severely disappoint me.)

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15 Matthew Brown December 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Where do I vote to see KISS open up for Dead Girls?

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16 Matthew Brown December 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Where do I vote to see KISS open up for Dead Girls?

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17 Huxley December 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hey man, you got my vote :) This is so cool, good luck!

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18 Huxley December 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hey man, you got my vote :) This is so cool, good luck!

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19 Pandy Fackler December 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I voted for you…Good luck!!!!

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20 Pandy Fackler December 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I voted for you…Good luck!!!!

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21 Bill Heinen December 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hey Nicole, just sayin…the right band won!!!!!! Congrats guys!!

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22 Bill Heinen December 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hey Nicole, just sayin…the right band won!!!!!! Congrats guys!!

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23 Eric Melin December 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Thanks, everybody!!! The Dead Girls will open for KISS Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Sprint Center because of you!

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24 Eric Melin December 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Thanks, everybody!!! The Dead Girls will open for KISS Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Sprint Center because of you!

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