KISS Fans Rock And Roll All Weekend In Indianapolis

Cathy Kightlinger of Indystar.com has issued the following report:

KISS fans from around the globe rolled into Indianapolis over the weekend to lick up the atmosphere at an Eastside hotel.

Dan Foley, a 41-year-old police officer from Wyandotte, Mich., has been to dozens of these events — and looked like it.

Dressed like Gene Simmons, an original member of the rock band known for its flashy outfits and makeup, Foley was donning leather, metal studs and face paint at the 2005 Indianapolis Kiss Expo Sunday.

Upon request, he performed Simmons' signature move — unfurling a pointy tongue.

"This is just a dedicated love of the band," said Foley, whose Simmons garb cost about $6,500. "If I find something that I like, I stick with it all the way to the end."

The Expo, held annually in Indianapolis, is one of several KISS conventions fans attend each year. An estimated 1,000 of them made their way to the Holiday Inn East, 6990 E. 21st St., on Saturday and Sunday.

Fishers couple Michelle and Keith Leroux promote the Indianapolis KISS convention, along with Steve Stierwalt, of Indianapolis.

"It's a chance to get together with all of our KISS friends that we've gotten to know over the years, and bring KISS to the fans, I guess," said Michelle, 32.

The couple have other jobs but also support themselves by selling KISS memorabilia.

"You wouldn't even believe what KISS fans will buy, and want to buy, and collect," she said. "I know collectors that have warehouses just to store all of the KISS merchandise that they have."

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