By Lara McCaffrey / DiscoverSD
In November, legendary rock band KISS will play Tijuana, Mexico, for the first time, to the delight of both the band and the country. The Nov. 19 show will be held at the Estadio Gasmart, the stadium of the Toros de Tijuana baseball team that has a seating capacity of nearly 17,000 people.
Gene Simmons, bassist and KISS co-founder, said he is looking forward to playing Tijuana.
“We’ve been coming to Mexico for 30 or 40 years,” Simmons said. “We’ve hit most of the large cities, played the stadiums there and it’s always been a lot of fun. At the stadium it’s been mania — people were doing all kinds of things. Publicly, well, I would say going to a KISS concert is as much fun as you can have with your pants on.”
Simmons has fond memories of performing in Mexico during KISS’ decades of touring worldwide and selling millions of records. One concert in Mexico City years ago stands out to him: It all started when, to the dismay of security, an audience member tossed a monstrous sombrero onstage.
“I stopped the security and said, ‘No, no it’s OK, it’s OK!’ ” Simmons said. “They didn't understand what I was doing so I took the sombrero off the floor … And then I put it on and the place went nuts and everyone started singing the Mexican national anthem right in the middle of the show. So we stopped and we let them sing it.