A rockin' concert and a green-haired groupie: Gene Simmons recalls Edmonton firsts

From : CBC News

KISS frontman returns to Alberta for the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo later this month

For fire-breathing, lizard-tongued rocker Gene Simmons, Alberta's capital city brings up all kinds of fuzzy feelings.

"Edmonton goes back a long way with me," Simmons, 68, said during an interview aired Wednesday on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM. "The very first tour and the very first show we ever did was in early February of 1974. Maybe it was 1874.

"And the Edmonton university was the very first show we ever did."

That inaugural performance that kicked of KISS's "First Tour" brought the band to the University of Alberta campus. In full pancake makeup and high-heels, they played to a small crowd of likely befuddled university students.

An avowed comic-book geek, Simmons will return to his old stomping grounds later this month for the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo.

What Simmons neglected to mention was that he also bedded his "first authentic groupie" in Edmonton that night the first of more than 4,000 women he claims to have seduced in his lifetime. Simmons never learned her name and said she had "no idea who KISS was," but the affectionate girl with green hair certainly made a lasting impression.

"I was in heaven," Simmons wrote in his 2002 autobiography KISS and Make-Up. "This girl was spending the night with me just because I was in a band. No courting, no relationships, no dates. No 'what does it all mean?'

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