Freedom to Rock tour invades Intrust Bank Arena Wichita Tonight

Gene Simmons says KISS will rock Wichita just as hard as it did in ’77

/ WichitaEagle.com

Photo by Keith Leroux

Almost 40 years later, Gene Simmons doesn’t remember the iconic Kiss concert at Henry Levitt Arena – the Dec. 6, 1977, show that rocked so hard, people who were there are still talking about it, still comparing notes.

Simmons, who called in advance of the band’s Monday concert at Intrust Bank Arena, does however love to hear that Wichitans remember.

“That’s the highest compliment,” he said. “I would imagine there are some concerts you can’t remember. Or concerts where you can say, ‘I was born on the night my mother saw Kiss.’ Or better yet, ‘I was conceived on the night my mother and dad saw Kiss.’ 

Simmons, now 66, is the outspoken, often controversial bassist for Kiss, the iconic rock band that formed in 1973 and also includes lead singer Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. The group has accumulated more gold records than any other American band.

Simmons is the one with the extra-long tongue, the extra-frank mouth and the reality show stardom. His life was documented in “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” which featured his wife, son and daughter and aired on A&E from 2006 to 2012.


Allentown Fair billboard gets tongue-in-cheek about KISS concert and cows

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There’s a classic rock legend that Gene Simmons, bassist for the band KISS, had a cow’s tongue grafted onto his own to form his trademark appendage.

Now, a new billboard along Route 145/MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township takes a tongue-in-cheek – or, rather, out of cheek -- twist on the legend to promote Allentown Fair’s Aug. 30-Sept. 5 run and the Sept. 1 concert by KISS.

On the huge sign, a cow representing Allentown Fair (perhaps its mascot Moodonna?) has its face painted to match Simmons’ onstage KISS makeup, and has a Simmons-like tongue protruding from its mouth.

And in this case, the tongue definitely has been grafted on: It’s a puffy, pink 3-D appendage.

The sign’s slogan, “Party Every Day,” is from the lyrics of KISS’s song “Rock and Roll All Nite.”


Retired Air Force chief master sergeant invited to be KISS roadie for a day

By: Jake Allen / The Gazette

Sherry Jenkins, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, got to rock 'n' roll all day and all night with one of her favorite bands Monday.

Jenkins and her husband, Tim, were invited to be KISS roadies for the day during the band's show at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Sherry said she has been a fan of KISS for about 35 years.

"I grew up listening to them, and you'll see the older you get you stop listening to some of the things you used to listen to," she said. "I'm still a huge fan."

The couple started the day putting together gift bags for VIP fans. Then they watched KISS perform an acoustic set for VIP fans and had their picture taken with the band before enjoying the show.


Review: KISS Brings Their Freedom to Rock Tour to Lincoln, Nebraska

Riding down on a platform amidst shots of pyro, smoke and flashing lights to the opening riff of "Detroit Rock City," KISS kicked off its Pinnacle Bank Arena set with the theater and bombast that has been its stock-in-trade for more than four decades.

Nearly 2 hours and 17 songs later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers -- whether the hall really wanted them or not -- wrapped up an entertaining show that didn't disappoint any of the 7,000 who witnessed the first KISS show in Lincoln in the 21st Century.

"We've been to Lincoln five times, this is our fifth show," Paul Stanley told the crowd. "Our very first one was in 1976. The last one we played might seem like yesterday but it was 1990. We've got some catching up to do."

Then came "Shout It Out Loud" in a set that cascaded through the band's catalog, hitting most of the hits and some deeper cuts, like "Flaming Youth."

The quartet's pounding, crunching rock sounded good as did the vocals of mainstays Stanley and Gene Simmons, now in their mid-60s.


KISS ready to rock Lincoln again Tonight!

“Lincoln, Nebraska, right?,” Paul Stanley said as he came on the line.

That’s right. You’ve been here before and you’re on the way back soon.

“Much as it should be,” replied the KISS rhythm guitarist and singer. “We built our following playing places other bands ignored. The truth is most bands at the time thought the U.S. consisted of the East Coast and West Coast and the rest was places you flew over. We never believed that. … You don’t choose where you’re born and you don’t have to make excuses for it. The people always remember who is there for them.”

That’s why KISS is playing smaller cities in the Midwest, Plains, West and Canada on its 35-date “Freedom to Rock” tour, that, appropriately, began on July 4.

Lincoln unquestionably responded strongly to KISS’ return. The band’s Pinnacle Bank Arena concert set for Friday has sold better than any of its dates in surrounding cities, drawing far more fans than anticipated.


KISS to honor veterans during Lincoln concert

Amid the pyrotechnics and makeup, KISS will take a few minutes to honor veterans and members of the military tonight.

During the band's show at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, there will be a five-minute tribute to the military, and retired Army Col. Randi Stenson will be the band’s “Roadie for a Day.” He’ll get to hang out and assist backstage.

“I am beyond thrilled to represent veterans and service members as the KISS ‘roadie’ of the day in Lincoln,” Stenson said in a press release.

Area veterans and military members can apply to receive free tickets to the show through VetTix.com.

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