Was reading a nice article on the KISS forums, on the ebb & flow of fandom; asking other fans for their stories - were there points you lost interest, regained interest; in the course of many years did your love for the band go through the up's and down's?
The KISS discussion: [www.kissfaq.com
For me the last 9 years or so, with the Archive Releases (audio concerts, the From the Vault DVD's, and other DVD's) have been as exciting as those initial years discovering the band. So many archival DVD's I'd hoped to see released in great quality have been forthcoming. Taking the 'Charlie is my Darling' film for example - two different cuts, with some great additions such as the 'England '65' live album - tremendous stuff. Mix with that the touring from 2012, with the band still putting on wonderful shows. The IORR StonesVault coincided with the band releases, and I've heard so many bootlegs I'd always hoped to get around to someday. It is an amazing time to be a Stones fan.
I was watching Hyde Park 2013 with my daughter this past weekend, and while it's no Brussels '73, it is a very strong show with some definite highlights - the versions of SFM, Gimme Shelter, Rambler and the closing Satisfaction are great versions & still great rock'n'roll.
I became a fan in 1993, 'Voodoo' came out as I was beginning to become addicted but it was 'Babylon' that was the first album of new material that I highly anticipated, at an early fandom height. I've never really had downtimes as a fan, as there is so much catalogue to enjoy, a wealth of unofficial recordings, and the tours the band undertake are always worthy. A friend of mine, a fellow fan, does speak of the 80s in less than hushed tones, but you can understand that - no tours '82/89, albums that seemed to signify the waning of a creative spirit (though I love 'Undercover' and even 'Dirty Work' has much more good than bad).
Some of the people 'round these IORR parts have been fans and aficionados for far longer than I; would love your stories or peaks, troughs, up's and down's of following this band.