Rockers KISS play Reno show Friday!
When you think of rock music as theater, one band that should immediately spring to mind is KISS, the New York-based hard-rock group that put pyro, makeup and fire-breathing into the mainstream. But for founding member and guitarist/singer Paul Stanley, it’s still just basic rock and roll to him.
“I’ve always thought of us as — funny enough — a no-frills rock and roll band, like the bands I grew up seeing at the Fillmore East,” Stanley said in a recent interview with Forbes magazine. “That, taken to a different level, adding accoutrements to that, but at the core of it, we’ve always been just a no-frills rock and roll band. All we did was surround that with more, with pyrotechnics. The theatricality, I think, came from within us, as opposed to having dancing toothbrushes or anything like that. It was really about us.”
KISS will make a rare appearance in the region with a show on April 21 at Grand Sierra Resort. Stanley told Billboard magazine in a recent interview that the band still draws a wide range of ages, from young kids to their grandparents.
“KISS is an anomaly in that if you go to a show you might see your neighbor a few rows up or if you come with your dad or your grandfather, you’re all sharing this secret society you all covet and love,” Stanley said. “There’s a sense in families of almost passing it down, wanting your children to experience the wonder and joy and power this band gives people.”