Sure, Gene Simmons Was At His Fair Park Party Last Night. But So Too Were Burton Gilliam, Randy Travis and Other Familiar Faces.

Photos by Danny Hurley
Burton Gilliam with some of the many soldiers invited to attend the Aces & Angels fund-raiser at the Fair Park Centennial Building last night
Our Danny Hurley skated down to Fair Park last night for Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed's Aces & Angels poker tourney, concert and salute-to-the-troops. And while a slide show's forthcomingHere's our slide show, but I wanted to post a few images sooner than later -- any chance to run a picture of Burton Gilliam (who, matter of fact, grew up on the Fair Park grounds), Randy Travis, so-called "poker brat" Phil Hellmuth ... and, hey, lookie there, Frank Campagna.

Reports Danny, who could be prone to hyperbole:
It was the biggest media gig I have encountered. I was sardined at the red carpet for two hours (the whole thing was running hours behind), at which point a woman approached and said Gene requested we treat the soldiers as celebrities.

Gene and Shannon were surrounded most of the night by their TV crew and security; the thing was filmed for Family Jewels. On display: tons of booze and food and poker. The signed pic of KISS went for around 13 grand. Gene tried to offer five grand to spend the rest of the night with him and Shannon -- I don't think anyone took him up on the offer. The auction items were sports- and rock-oriented and quite impressive at that. The motorcycle, though, never made it -- wheels were stuck somewhere in the ice.
More photos follow.

Randy Travis mingled with the fans at Fair Park last night.

Phil Hellmuth is a good poker player. Ask him. He'll tell you.

Kettle Art's Frank Campagna

And, of course, your hosts for the evening: Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed

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Funny thing is, I read Gene Simmons and said, "meh".

Then I saw Burton Gillium and thought, "damnit, I should have GONE!"


Burton Gilliam is my hero. First person to ever fart in film.... (his claim anyway)


because Burton Gillium is so much.....what ?...... I mean compared to the likes of a person that created something that touched the masses ,that have a global following of millions++++ ? Even the local Dallas kiss army numbers far accede Burton Gillium's intire fan following history.


I actually had no idea who Burton was, aside from the commercials he was in. In fact, when I saw his cameo on The Good Guys, I thought it was because he was a local Dallas actor. The more you know!


Wow. That is possibly the least literate comment I've seen on UP in months.

Using accede makes it particularly hilarious, though. I exceed to your obvious towering intellect.

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