Here's the masterful cover for our issue this week, which features an article breaking down bits of each day of the Kiss Kruise -- held October 13-17 on the Carnival Destiny. It's by yours truly, and features photography by Ian Witlen.
|Artwork by Tristan Elwell|
This story, and the continuing coverage that we'll be putting up throughout the week, would not be possible without the support of Sixthman, who put on the cruise.
One thing that didn't make it into the story worth mentioning was my impromptu interview with Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley.
Fortunately, our room was just down the hall from the cabins where the band stayed for the duration of the cruise. Every so often, there would be a loud commotion in the hallway as word traveled that Kiss would be walking through. People would stand in their doorways snapping pictures, and call out.
Prior to the Friday performance at the Palladium, Ian and I had just finished interviewing superfans Jamie Ross and Jackie Ram in their cabin, and I was walking back to our cabin by myself. Just as I was almost to my door, a friendly voice called out: "Hey, how's it going?"
I looked up, and Paul Stanley was towering over me in full makeup, rhinestone-coated attire, and his platform boots.
My response was pretty much what I'd say to anyone in that situation: "Not bad, how are you?"
"I'm having a great evening," was his reply. And thus concluded our interview. Admittedly, it was a bit of a softball question.
View all of our Kiss Kruise coverage here