Canadian soldier joins KISS ARMY in Orillia!
Cpl. Kayla Harris got to “Rock and Roll all Nite” with Kiss at Casino Rama Friday.
The Canadian Armed Forces soldier, currently posted to CFB Borden, was nominated by her boss and ultimately chosen as Roadie for a Day while the iconic rock band performed in Orillia on their Freedom to Rock tour.
Kiss, whose fans are known as the Kiss Army, has been giving military personnel the chance to play roadie during the U.S. leg of their tour and decided to continue in Canada as a way to acknowledge those in uniform for their service.
“My main thing is I truly love working in the military and to be recognized for that is a great honour,” Harris, 30, said. “I’m very excited and nervous all at the same time.”
She was introduced to Kiss by her father, who was a fan in the band’s heyday during the 70s and 80s.
Harris joined the band at the VIP meet-and-greet and was given a few roadie duties such as being the fan girl who keeps Gene Simmons cool.
“While interacting with the VIPs, I’m sure I was blushing a red colour,” she said.
During the concert — where the band played an acoustic version of O Canada — Kiss thanked Harris and a Colour Guard for their service.
Harris joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist with the military police in 2007. Since then she has served as an MP in Afghanistan and at the Edmonton Detention Facility, worked with a field medical unit in Winnipeg, and is currently a administrative assistant and facility manager at CFB Borden.
That’s a strong a pretty strong military police background.
“I haven’t seen any illegal things going on (at the concert),” Harris said, adding it was a night she will remember “Forever.”