IN NORTH DAKOTA SATURDAY
July 23, 2010
By EMILY COLEMAN

The band Kiss is like the circus meets rock 'n' roll, drummer Eric Singer said.

The band will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the North Dakota State Fair.

"It's larger than life. Its takes (other performances) and puts it on steroids," Singer said. "We want people to walk away realizing that they just saw something unique and special and really got their money’s worth."

Kiss concerts feature pyrotechnics and sometimes even a fireworks display at the end.

Though the show is family friendly, Singer recommends bringing ear plugs for kids because the show can get loud.

Promotion for the concert promises well-known songs, such as "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite."

Singer has performed with Kiss since 1991 except for five years when the original drummer rejoined the group for a tour.

"Our routine is rigorous," he said. "We do a lot of preperation. We spend many hours before the show, getting prepared, putting on the makeup, preparing for battle if you will."

He said putting on the makeup can take two hours because the performers tend to do it as a group as a way to get ready for the show.

The performance is part of an American tour. The band will play in Cheyenne, Wyo., Friday for its Frontier Days. The group will play on and off until the end of September.

The group just finished a nine-week tour in Europe.

"We choose to do it because we love to do it," Singer said.

Alana Grace will opening for Kiss at the Grandstand. She is known for "Black Roses Red," which was on the soundtrack for "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

Organizers for the State Fair have requested those attending the concert arrive by 4 p.m.