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A black crayon girl

Local Angie Nolan readies for Kiss concert in Whistler with black face paint in one hand, and a handful of childhood memories in the other



Who: Kiss

When: Saturday, Sept. 15

Where: Blackcomb Mountain

Tickets: $65-$250

At four years old Angie Nolan wasn’t like the other kids fighting over who got to use the red or blue crayon.

The golden haired Gibsons girl only needed one.

With her black Crayola, she drew figures with eyes thickly rimmed and crazy hair standing out in all directions.

Her mother, concerned about the “demonic” scribblings, promptly took the sunshine of her life to a child psychologist.

The assessment?

A happy, well-balanced child who just happened to be a Kiss fan.

“I had older cousins who were huge Kiss fans,” Nolan explains. “I guess I picked it up from hanging around them.”

The literally starry-eyed girl in Kiss face paint has never looked back. From Kiss posters wallpapering her high school locker to donning Kiss’s kabuki-inspired garb for a friend’s birthday dinner last year, Nolan is truly a member of The Kiss Army. She’s even got her Kiss Army club member number to prove it — or at least she was looking for it to buy her Kiss concert tickets when she talked with Pique Newsmagazine.

“I didn’t believe it when I heard Kiss was coming to Whistler,” she says. “Everyone called to leave me messages when they heard they were coming.”

Kiss, one of the world’s biggest rock bands that has played more than 3,500 concerts in front of 78 million fans around the world, is making a rare outdoor appearance Saturday, Sept. 15 on Blackcomb Mountain.

These wild-child metal heads of the 1970s have wracked up God status with their fire breathing and blood spitting shows. The band has earned 55 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. To date, worldwide sales have exceeded 80 million albums.

Since the 2004 Rock the Nation Tour, Kiss concerts have been few and far between, but Whistler will get front row seats to Shout It Out Loud, and Rock and Roll All Night.

And Nolan will be there in all her face-painted glory.

“Are you going to dress up for the concert?” she’s asked.

“Of course I am,” says an indignant Nolan, laughing. “I can’t believe you just asked me that question.”

At nine years old, Nolan kept it simple. White face with a black star, but she has since graduated to Gene Simmons’s spiked-shaped black eye make up, and shoulder pads with spikes.

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