Thank you, Melbourne. You ROCKED!
Photo by Dean Snowden
Cadillac High students celebrated homecoming this week with these awesome KISS-ified posters!
Good luck with your game against the Titans tonight!
Photos from Jim Neff
KISS ARMY Melbourne - you looked great at Rod Laver Arena! Awesome!!
The KISS ARMY Rocks!
40 years ago today - KISS celebrated KISS Day in Cadillac, MI!
In 1975 KISS rocked the town of Cadillac when they came to their High School's homecoming and October 9th & 10th marks the KISS Cadillac 40th anniversary.
Wednesday morning 7&4's Alyssa Hearin was live at Cadillac High School to show us how they're reliving the legendary day KISS rocked their school.
It all started when assistant football coach Jim Neff began playing their music in the locker room the year before and the team started winning.
Neff reached out to the band and asked if they would come to homecoming, and to his surprise, they did.
By John Hogan, WZZM
CADILLAC, Mich. (WZZM) -- On a sunny October afternoon 40 years ago, this northern Michigan vacation destination became center of the universe for fans of the rock 'n' roll band Kiss.
The New York band, known for its lavish costumes, face paint and pyrotechnics, rolled into town to meet the Cadillac High School football team, which credited its winning season a year earlier to the band's pounding sounds.
The Oct. 9-10, 1975 visit left an indelible mark on the town of 9,200 nestled beside Lake Cadillac. And it's widely acknowledged as one of history's most famous rock 'n' roll publicity events, even though publicity came primarily after Kiss left Cadillac.
It also left an indelible mark on the band, which last year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"It's so deeply engrained and the visions that come forward with Cadillac Michigan, it's an honor to have been part of this,'' band member Paul Stanley said in a telephone interview with Traverse City radio station WKLT-FM.
Cadillac will celebrate the 40th anniversary this weekend with a Kiss tribute band concert Saturday afternoon and the unveiling of black granite monument beside the football field to commemorate the historic event.
"When the band started playing, it was so loud, one person said it was like swimming against the current,'' said retired assistant football coach Jim Neff, who spearheaded the Kiss visit in 1975. "People in town got to hear the concert even if they didn't attend.''
Ringing eardrums wasn't the only thing the band left behind. A "battle-ready'' helicopter landed on the 50 yard line the day after the concert to spirit Kiss away. As it lifted 100 feet off the ground, members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley unleashed 4,000 jumbo postcard-sized leaflets that read: "Cadillac High – Kiss loves you. Peter, Ace, Gene, Paul.''
"I think everybody thought somebody was throwing garbage out of the helicopter and you didn't know what it was until you got one in your hand; and it said Cadillac High – Kiss Loves You,'' said David Schemmel, 56, of Rockford, a junior running back at the time.