'SING WITH '
August 27, 2008
ENTRANTS SOUGHT TO 'SING WITH KISS'

Contest winner to duet Sept. 6 with Tommy Thayer in Myrtle Beach

By Steve Palisin

Brian Galvin, the franchisee of the KISS Coffeehouse at Broadway at the Beach, invites Grand Strand residents to enter its 'Sing with KISS' contest. The winner will sing 'Forever' with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer at the KISS Coffeehouse's daylong second-anniversary party Sept. 6. Have the chops to sing with a member of KISS?

Brian Galvin, the franchisee of the KISS Coffeehouse at Broadway at the Beach, invites Grand Strand residents to enter its 'Sing with KISS' contest.

The winner will sing 'Forever' with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer at the KISS Coffeehouse's daylong second-anniversary party Sept. 6.

Call 312-252-9965 for instructions to record vocals and enter the contest.

Thayer will choose the best vocalist, and the winner will be announced Sept. 2 and join Thayer to perform it at KISS Coffeehouse.

Galvin said Thayer recorded a new instrumental version of 'Forever' for the contest. The single was hit for the group in 1990 and written by Michael Bolton and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley.

'We've gotten about 200 entries so far,' said Garvin, welcoming area residents to put their best voice forward. 'I don't know if we've found a winner yet.'

Ten finalists from across the United States and Canada were posted as of today at www.kisscofffeehouse.com.

A longtime fan of KISS who joined the band this decade, Thayer said since starting 35 years ago, the group has spanned different eras, such as the 1970s or 1980s.

'Forever is kind of out of the heart of the '80s,' he said by phone today from Los Angeles.

Contest entrants should prepare to sing for about a minute, through the end of the first chorus, in their voice mail.

The lyrics are:

'I gotta tell you what I'm feelin' inside, I could lie to myself, but it's true. There's no denying when I look in your eyes, girl I'm out of my head over you.

'I lived so long believin' all love is blind. But everything about you is tellin' me this time.

'It's forever, this time I know and there's no doubt in my mind. Forever, until my life is through, girl I'll be lovin' you forever.''