EDMONTON CONCERT AT REXALL PLACE TONIGHT
July 12, 2013
By Dave Lazzarino / Edmonton Sun

With the lights ready to come up on an iconic musical performance, preparations are being made by concert-goers.

Makeup, check. Hair, check. Leather chaps and studded jockstrap, check.

In 1974, KISS began their first North American tour at the Jubilee Auditorium.

Almost 40 years and more than 100 million record sales later, they are returning to Edmonton with their particular variety of platform-booted, blood-spitting rock show.

Through the years, hits including “Detroit Rock City” and “Shout it Out Loud,” along with more suggestive titles like “Lick it Up,” have served as anthems to their dedicated fans but the real draw has been the theatrics.

Shows have featured no shortage of dry ice and elaborate lighting. A 3-D stage show was not as well received as others but certainly less dangerous than a fire breathing stunt that left frontman Gene Simmons singed after the first attempt.

To outfit fans, a KISS pop-up store is being planned for West Edmonton Mall as well. According to Jen Fritz, spokeswoman for the store, T-shirts are just the tip of the (dry) iceberg.

“They have a lot of one-of-a-kind items and there are different items and memorabilia in each store,” said Fritz. “They’ve got the boots, they’ve got the full costumes, they’ve got masks.”

She said the band will not be making an appearance at the store as they did in Vancouver when the tour kicked off.

“When they were at the Vancouver store it was quite the scene,” she said. “There was a huge lineup all the way down the street, people showing up in make-up. You know how dedicated KISS fans are.”

Unfortunately, the rockers’ years are catching up with them as the pop-up, one of four in Canada, is arriving a little late — the store opens the day after the concert.

But according to Sheri Clegg, spokeswoman for the mall, the timing isn’t diminishing her excitement.

“I just want those boots,” said Clegg with a laugh.

Tickets for Friday’s concert at Rexall Place are nearly sold out according to the Ticketmaster website but a few are still available. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening an hour earlier.