By Hillary Rosencrants / SiouxCityJournal.com
1st Lt. Trisha Theisen of the 185th Air Refueling Wing received a special opportunity Wednesday, thanks to her service in the Iowa Air National Guard.
With help from the Hiring Our Heroes program, Theisen was named 'Roadie for a Day' for the rock band KISS, which played Wednesday night at the Tyson Events Center.
Backstage, Theisen was invited to help with various tasks for the roadies, such as sound check, stuffing tote bags with merchandise for VIPs and equipment set up.
"Obviously they (the band) make a lot of money, and for them to give back and understand the importance the military has on our country is really humbling and just really cool," said Theisen. "So to be a part of this day -- it’s a pretty big deal."
KISS' Roadie for a Day program started at the beginning of its Freedom to Rock Tour 2016.
By Bruce Miller / SiouxCityJournal.com
The Democratic and Republican conventions didn’t get the kind of cheering that greeted KISS Wednesday night at the Tyson Events Center.
Returning to Sioux City for the first time in decades, the rockers started with several big bangs (no kidding, the 21-gun salute is still ringing in fans’ ears), lots of pyrotechnics and a level of showmanship that few have been able to claim.
Lead singer Paul Stanley said the latest tour – Freedom to Rock – was hitting cities where quality ruled over quantity. He detailed the Sioux City/KISS connection (five times since 1982) and the appreciation for years of support.
Like no other frontman in rock, Stanley got the crowd up and cheering, merely by “playing doctor” and checking its pulse. (It was more than healthy, by the way.)
Fellow founder Gene Simmons, meanwhile, displayed his guitar prowess, flashed the legendary tongue and made it around the expansive stage without missing a step in his oh-so-high heels.
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By Michael Ervin / midwestmusicscene.net
Alright Springfield! You wanted the best you got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISS! JQH Arena was at capacity when the curtain fell and KISS took the stage with Detroit Rock City. The band was perched on a platform that slowly descended to the stage while bombs exploded, flames shot into the air and smoke covered the stage. There is truly nothing like the experience and adrenaline rush of a KISS concert.
Over four decades into their career, KISS still delivers a spectacular show like no other. Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric rocked through a seventeen song set with Gene spitting blood before the classic “God of Thunder” and breathing fire after “War Machine”. Tommy wowed the fans by shooting exploding rockets from his guitar after “Shock Me” and Paul Stanley flew out to the back of the arena to perform “Love Gun” with fireworks shooting towards the stage from his platform at the close of the song.
KISS is honoring our military on this tour and stopped the show to donate a $150,000 check to veterans while the mayor of Springfield, Missouri took the stage to present KISS with a key to the city. Paul told the crowd they had not played Springfield since 1990 so this was a special night for the college town. Fans of all ages wore face paint and costumes to show their love and celebrate this magical night with KISS.
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In one month, Gene Simmons will turn 67. His KISS bandmate Paul Stanley isn’t far behind at 64. In other words, it isn’t 1977 anymore.
But 39 years after they played a show at Henry Levitt Arena that people still talk about, there they were, on stage at Intrust Bank Arena, spitting blood and jumping around in platform boots with the same youthful enthusiasm that made them famous.
Maybe it’s the makeup.
The patriotism-fueled “Freedom to Rock” tour stopped in Wichita on Monday night and played for a crowd of 8,000.
“You wanted the best and you got the best! The hottest band in the world… KISS!” Those lines have been repeated before their shows for 40 years and the band that invented the gargantuan rock show made an entrance like only they can. Behind a falling black curtain, three band members, Simmons, Stanley and guitarist Tommy Thayer, stood on a riser shrouded in fog. The letters K-I-S-S flashed behind them. The opening notes of “Detroit Rock City,” arguably their biggest hit, pulsed straight into a pyrotechnics blast that would have only surprised a first-time KISS concert attendee.
During the second number, the appropriately titled “Deuce,” Stanley sat down on the edge of the stage, nearly knocking a photographer in the head with his platform boots, but once positioned, hammed it up for the assembled photographers like an excited kid.