KISS Tradition Continues at Northern Michigan Music Event

By Ross Boissoneau / My North

The rock band Kiss couldn’t have predicted that their decision to travel to the Northern Michigan town of Cadillac in support of the local high school football team would garner them press and fans around the world. But as Cadillac prepares for the 40th anniversary of that weekend with Northern Michigan music events and more, Kiss front man Paul Stanley took some time to remember why the band came and what they left with.

Paul Stanley isn’t a man given to hyperbole. Well, actually, as the front man for the legendary Kiss, that’s exactly his day job. Yet in a recent phone interview, the singer and songwriter came across as thoughtful and down-to-earth, whether discussing his band’s longtime underdog status, paying homage to the progenitors of soul and r&b with his band Soul Station, or – and most importantly in this area – the band’s connection to the town of Cadillac.

No one could have predicted that Kiss’s visit to the Northern Michigan city in 1975 would become a hallmark of its commitment to its fans throughout the world. Stanley and the rest of the organization remember well how their decision to show up to support a high school football team resonated with the media and fans everywhere.

“This was another example of the incredible community we have,” he said. “It was reflected in a high school football team that turned itself around.”

Ah yes, the football team. The whole thing started with assistant football coach Jim Neff. The longtime rock and roll fan suggested to head coach Dave Brines that the 1974 Vikings football team was wound too tight. His solution was to charge the players up with the records of Kiss, then a relatively unknown hard rock band that was best known for its outrageous makeup and stage show.


KISS kick off Australian leg of world tour with epic show at Perth Arena

By Kristy Symonds /  PerthNow

THEY say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After 42 years, KISS know exactly what their loyal fans love and continued to deliver it in spades with a spectacular show at Perth Arena.

Kicking off the Australian leg of their world tour in front of a sea of painted faces, the legendary US rockers spared no effort or energy in pulling out all their signature gimmicks just as big and as loud as ever.

Before descending from the arena roof on the 43,000kg, fire-spewing rig called The Spider, the band yelled “All right, Perth! You wanted the best, you got the best — the hottest band in the world, KISS,” sending the crowd into an expectant frenzy.

While Gene Simmons ceremoniously slid his famous tongue up and down his bass guitar, breathed a ball of fire and let fake blood bubble down his chin as he played the role of the Demon, Starchild Paul Stanley stuck his guitar pick on his tongue, showing it off to the photographers in the pit below, shimmied and shook, and caught a zip line over to a small rotating stage in the crowd.

Spaceman Tommy Thayer took on an epic solo, shooting fireworks from his guitar, while Catman Eric Singer rose to the roof on his drum kit.

Of course, with The Spider, which features 220 automated lights and 900 pieces of pyrotechnics, powered by 400,000 watts of sound, there was fire — and lots of it.

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