FERNANDA FROES-PRUETT ANd GENE SIMMONS
FERNANDA FROES-PRUETT, GENE SIMMONS AND THE "AXE BASS"
I met Gene Simmons, once again, backstage at the Irvine Amphitheater, in Irvine, California.
But that time was even more special... It was literally a dream come true:
I was finally able to purchase a Gene Simmons "Axe Bass" for myself! :)
The deal was done by Paul Hayeland, who was working for Gene at the time.
And, just a few days later, I got my Bass hand delivered to me - and signed - by Gene Simmons, himself.
I even got a custom Gene Simmons handwritten plate that says:
"To Fernanda, the girl from Brazil, who plays the bass because of me!
That was one of the best days in my life!
:) Fernanda Froes-Pruett
Stoty of my life...
I wanted to have a Bass like that since I was, literally, ten years old...
That's when I met Gene Simmons for the very first time, in my hometown, São Paulo, in Brazil.
KISS was performing the South American leg of the "Creatures of the Night" tour.
My mom's sister was married to a businessman who happened to know the entrepreneur that brought KISS to Brazil...
I couldn't go to the live concerts (I was only 10 at the time, and the show was 18+), but I had the chance to have dinner with KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent), alongside my mom Vera and my aunt Lucy, as well as meeting with the band for three days in a row. I attended their press conference at the São Pulo Hilton, where the band was staying... I was even interviewed by the biggest tv network in Brazil (Globo tv) after that press conference... And it all happened in a time they were hardly seen without their make-up.
That experience shaped the course of my life forever. I started playing bass right after that, because of Gene, and the rest is history...