KISS to ‘go big’ at the Bryce Jordan Center Tonight - Interview with Tommy Thayer


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Iconic legendary rockers KISS will bring the “Freedom to Rock” tour to the Bryce Jordan Center tonight - Aug. 30.

Lead guitarist Tommy Thayer has been with the band since 2002. He didn’t audition to be part of the band or anything — he said it just happened naturally.

“I came into the band after knowing Paul (Stanley) and Gene (Simmons) for nearly 30 years,” Thayer said. “My old band, Black ’N Blue, toured with Kiss as an opening act, so I’ve known those guys a long time. That’s how I transcended into the band, actually.”

Thayer was a fan of the band and staple members Stanley and Simmons long before he met them. Though he loved playing music early on in life, he never thought he would make it as far as he has.

“I always loved playing in a band, and all I ever really wanted to do was play in the school band or play an after-game party at the school or someone’s garage at a party,” Thayer said. “It’s interesting in life how one thing leads to another. If you stick with something, and you keep going for a long enough time, it can really be surprising what happens sometimes.”

KISS’ music has resonated with fans for more than four decades. Thayer said that the music of the early ’70s has shaped his life and remains important.

“The music we grew up with, the bands that we love when we’re first getting into music at 12 or 13, that’s really kind of the soundtrack to your life in a way,” he said. “That’s a huge part of who we are and what we’re made up of.”


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