Springfield veteran was roadie for a day for KISS: 'It was phenomenal'

 / Springfield News Leader

On most days, Kendall McDaniel can be found on the streets or in the woods, searching for homeless veterans. McDaniel is a case manager and peer support specialist for The Kitchen, Inc.'s Home at Last housing assistance program for homeless veterans.

Sometimes he is simply offering fresh socks, bottles of water or an understanding ear. Other times, usually after months of building trust and friendship, McDaniel is able to persuade the veteran to come to his office at The Kitchen, Inc., to be assessed for the Home at Last housing assistance program.

But last Saturday, McDaniel had a very different job assignment. He was chosen to be a roadie for the legendary rock group KISS when they played in Springfield.

"It was phenomenal. I've been to a lot of concerts. They are one of the best performing bands I've ever seen," McDaniel said. "When I was a kid, the KISS Destroyer album was the first record I ever had.

"This was the first time I've seen them," he added. "It was really cool."

KISS partnered with Hiring Our Heroes and the Veterans Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to honor the military by picking a local service member to be a "roadie for the day" in each city during the 2016 'KISS: Freedom to Rock' tour.


LA KISS to host first playoff game in franchise history

For the first time in franchise history, the LA KISS will serve as the host team for the first postseason game. The LA KISS (7-8) will face-off against the Cleveland Gladiators (7-9) on Sunday, August 7 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA at 3PM PST. The LA KISS has changed venues for this particular game due to Honda Center already hosting the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus through August 8th.

“We are thrilled the LA KISS will host the postseason allowing our KISS CORPS fan base to see their team in person,” said LA KISS CEO, Joe Windham. “It’s a testament to how hard our coaches, athletes and support staff have all worked together to accomplish this goal. We are also very thankful to Ernie Hahn and the Valley View Casino Center for hosting our postseason game.”

This will be the third meeting between the LA KISS and the Cleveland Gladiators this season but the first match-up ever in the AFL postseason. The LA KISS won both match-ups earlier in the season by defeating Cleveland 47-42 on April, 16th in Cleveland and 63-61 in Honda Center earlier this month on July 16th.

“I’m extremely proud of this team and what they have accomplished so far this year in making the postseason,” said Omarr Smith, LA KISS head coach. “We look forward to the challenge of facing the Cleveland Gladiators in our first game and we hope all of our fans will join us in San Diego on August 7th.”

For more information about the LA KISS or to purchase tickets for this postseason game on August 7, please visit LAKISSFootball.com.


Master Sergeant to serve as roadie for the band KISS

By  / www.kgwn.tv

Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant Christa Leary will serve as the "Roadie for a Day" for the band Kiss this Friday in Cheyenne. MSgt. Leary was selected by Hiring our Heroes for the honor. Cheyenne-area veterans are also eligible for free tickets to the show through Vet Tix. A link can be found in the sidebar to the website.

"Kiss is a legendary rock band first of all, but it's also a rock band that has shown tremendous accord for the military and military families."This is going to sound really lame, but when i was a little girl I used to play air guitar to I Was Made for Loving you around My Bedroom," said MSgt. Leary as she talked about the excitement she has for being the "roadie for a Day".


Local vet enjoys being KISS 'roadie for a day'

By Hillary Rosencrants / SiouxCityJournal.com

1st Lt. Trisha Theisen of the 185th Air Refueling Wing received a special opportunity Wednesday, thanks to her service in the Iowa Air National Guard.

With help from the Hiring Our Heroes program, Theisen was named 'Roadie for a Day' for the rock band KISS, which played Wednesday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Backstage, Theisen was invited to help with various tasks for the roadies, such as sound check, stuffing tote bags with merchandise for VIPs and equipment set up.

"Obviously they (the band) make a lot of money, and for them to give back and understand the importance the military has on our country is really humbling and just really cool," said Theisen. "So to be a part of this day -- it’s a pretty big deal."

KISS' Roadie for a Day program started at the beginning of its Freedom to Rock Tour 2016.


REVIEW: KISS revives magic from way back when

By Bruce Miller / SiouxCityJournal.com

The Democratic and Republican conventions didn’t get the kind of cheering that greeted KISS Wednesday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Returning to Sioux City for the first time in decades, the rockers started with several big bangs (no kidding, the 21-gun salute is still ringing in fans’ ears), lots of pyrotechnics and a level of showmanship that few have been able to claim.

Lead singer Paul Stanley said the latest tour – Freedom to Rock – was hitting cities where quality ruled over quantity. He detailed the Sioux City/KISS connection (five times since 1982) and the appreciation for years of support.

Like no other frontman in rock, Stanley got the crowd up and cheering, merely by “playing doctor” and checking its pulse. (It was more than healthy, by the way.)

Fellow founder Gene Simmons, meanwhile, displayed his guitar prowess, flashed the legendary tongue and made it around the expansive stage without missing a step in his oh-so-high heels.

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