AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN TONIGHT
August 15, 2010
Kiss commits to great performance

Susan Koomar, Features Editor

Drummer Eric Singer offers some compelling reasons to see Kiss at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Sunday.

"Bring the family. It's Kiss for all ages. Even if you never liked Kiss or never saw Kiss, you'll walk away with a smile on your face," he said.

There's also the band's iconic status.

"You should see Kiss once in your life - like seeing Mount Rushmore or Yellowstone or the Statue of Liberty," Singer added.

Singer offered a glimpse behind the scenes - and the group's elaborate makeup - during a phone interview with jumpstart!

Singer starts painting his face about two hours before each show.

"The one thing I've learned is you have to go for consistency and find a system of what works for you. You can't rush it," he said.

The prep process is far more involved for front man Gene Simmons, who gets help donning his heavy, bulky costume.

"Gene really gets in character. He really is that demon. I get a kick out of it because he's very intense," Singer said. Off stage? That's a different matter. "I think he's a big marshmallow, a big softee."

Singer admires Simmons's commitment and determination.

"I've seen Gene sick - think about the sickest you've ever been - but he'll put his head down and get focused. It's always 100 percent. You don't get to call in sick. We never miss a show. The show must go on," said Singer.

Kiss started "The Hottest Show on Earth" tour in the U.S. last month. A portion of ticket sales benefit the Wounded Warrior program.