The explosive season premiere of The Footy Show will shake the studio foundations when rock legends KISS perform live and exclusive on Thursday, March 7, on Channel Nine at 9.45pm AEDT.
In the only television performance on their Australian Monster tour, the giants of glam rock will perform two of their hits LIVE in the studio to kick off the 20th season of The Footy Show.
KISS are celebrating their own amazing milestone in 2013 with a world tour to mark 40 years of hard rockin’. When they arrive for The Footy Show performance, host Paul “Fatty” Vautin, an unabashed KISS tragic, is going to break out his platforms and white face paint and warm up his tongue as all hell breaks loose at the Nine Network’s Sydney studios.
“What an amazing way to kick off our 20th year, with one of the biggest rock bands in the world LIVE in the studio. Fatty is such a Kiss tragic we may need to have oxygen on standby,” Glenn Pallister, Executive Producer of The Footy Show, said.
KISS began their Australian tour in Perth on Thursday – their first in five years – and with a number of sold-out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mackay and Adelaide, Australian rock fans are in for a treat with an extravaganza not to be missed!
After performing at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium the night before – on a bill with the heavy metal Motley Crue and Irish rockers Thin Lizzy – KISS will hit the road for their live performance on The Footy Show’s 2013 premiere less than 24 hours later.
Join Fatty, Michael “Slats” Slater and the boys as KISS, the legends of glam rock, set The Footy Show alight on Thursday, March 7, on Channel Nine at 9.45pm.
In the photo: KISS stars Tommy Thayer (left), Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons surprise fans at the Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga. Picture: Bianca De Marchi
BY Matt Gilbertson
FOR 40 years they've been famous for being able to rock 'n' roll all night and party every day.
But music legends KISS enjoyed a day off in Adelaide yesterday in anything but typical rock fashion, taking in the famed McLaren Vale food and wine region before headlining tonight's Clipsal 500 closing concert.
"It's the perfect way to spend our day off in Adelaide," said lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, 52, speaking exclusively to the Sunday Mail.
"We went to Mollydooker Winery in the morning, even though none of us are big drinkers, and we're just taking it easy."
Joined by Paul Stanley, 61, and Gene Simmons, 63, Thayer and the rest of the KISS entourage, including Simmons' wife, the former Playboy Playmate and actress Shannon Tweed, then headed to Port Willunga's popular Star of Greece restaurant - surprising fellow diners and happily posing for photos and signing autographs.
When legendary rock band KISS first toured Australia in 1980, Nick Percat was another eight years from being born.
While KISS have completed several world tours and even a much anticipated reunion tour since that inaugural Australian visit, Percat has not only entered the world, he has set his own mark in the cut-throat world of motorsport.
The Adelaide-born speedster turned plenty of heads when he won the 2009 Australian Formula Ford Championship, but rocketed to fame two years later when he won the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at his first attempt in a Holden with Garth Tander.
He drove in the Dunlop Development Series as part of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide last year and will be back in front of a "home" crowd this weekend after clinching a last-minute deal in the Porsche Carrera Cup with the local Team BRM outfit with the support of Coates Hire.
While he will be keen to catch up with family and friends after hours this week, Percat will be hanging around on Sunday night to catch KISS and Motely Crue in action at the biggest post-race concert ever seen in Adelaide.
Last night, at the Perth Arena was easily the best night of my life. It had always been my dream to once in my life see KISS live, and it finally came true. Being brought up with the band from my dad, being a huge fan, I was always listening to their music, but just one day hoped to finally see it for real!
On the night of the 28th of February I can say I finally saw the best show on Earth. From hearing 'Alright Perth' it was already amazing, and seeing my idols in the flesh was something to be thankful for, sang along to every song and loved every minute, still cant believe it happened! Being in awe of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and the amazing stage show they're renowned for, and the real approach to music and how it should be played! This is a night i will never forget, and I would like to thank you, KISS, for giving me passion for music and making a big dream come true!
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords, and tight harmonies, but it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times — and there’s no better time than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work, and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
Today, we’re paying tribute to one of rock’s all-time greatest party anthems, from one of the genre’s most prominent ambassadors of good times and easy living: ‘Rock and Roll All Nite,’ the Kiss song that originally graced the charts in 1975 — twice, with two different versions — on its way to becoming one of the band’s signature numbers and an enduring musical manifesto for anyone who’s ever felt like abandoning their responsibilities for a day or two.
Which is, perhaps not coincidentally, probably exactly what the guys in the band felt like doing in 1975, when Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart pulled the plug on their ‘Hotter Than Hell’ tour and summoned them back to the studio to record a quickie follow-up. With the label on its last financial legs and in desperate need of a hit, Kissmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were dragooned into writing what Bogart referred to as “an anthem or rallying cry for our fans.”
As Stanley later recalled, “When I came up with the chorus for ‘rock and roll all night, and party every day,’ I knocked on Gene’s door and said, ‘I think I’ve got it, this so-called anthem we need.’ Gene came and said, ‘Well, I have this song, ‘Drive Me Wild.’’ We put them together and lo and behold had a song that spawned a whole viewpoint, which was writing a song that embodied the philosophy of the band and the people who love the band.”
And that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. In fact, ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ sums up the Kiss ethos that it’s kind of surprising the song didn’t spontaneously write itself the day the band was formed — and that when it was initially released as a single, it peaked at a lowly Number 57 on the Billboard charts. It wasn’t until later in 1975, when it resurfaced as a single from their breakthrough ‘Alive!’ album, that ‘Nite’ really took off, shooting up to Number 12 and cementing its status as the anthem Bogart was looking for.
‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ heralded the band’s arrival as one of the most successful rock bands of the ’70s, kicking off a string of Top 20 hits and platinum records and providing the group with a permanent set-closing number for its shows. It’s also a pretty good way to wave goodbye to the work week, so you know what to do — just hit that ‘play’ button on the video below, crank up the volume, and let the weekend start…now.
AND TELL: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL AND GENE
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Channel Ten's Angela Bishop interviews Paul and Gene backstage in Perth.
ON AUSTRALIA'S CHANNEL TEN
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Here's a fantastic report on KISS in Perth from Channel Ten's Angela Bishop, who goes backstage to talk to the guys before the show!
They've been blasting audiences away for decades and haven't toured Australia for seven years, but when it comes to putting on an unforgettable rock show, time and age are no barrier for KISS.
Kicking off their Australian tour in Perth, the band best known for their costumed characters, explosive stage shows and Gene Simmons' freakishly weird tongue, not only thrilled established fans but also smashed away the fears of the uninitiated who may have thought they're just a decorated gimmick for endless merchandise.
They are, of course, exactly that – and a whole lot more.
Blasting out tracks from new album Monster, along with crowd favourites like Shout It Out Loud, Calling Dr. Love and God Of Thunder, lead singer Paul Stanley led KISS fans through a night of fire, explosions and platform-raising madness that was impossible not to enjoy.
(Even for this reviewer whose previous exposure to KISS comes mostly from Family Guy and the song at the end of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.)