By Carolyn Webb / www.theage.com.au
It’s not every day that your seven-year-old son dances on stage with rock band Kiss in front of 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Cuban Casem, 7, wearing the make-up and costume of the band’s Spaceman character, was cool about it and had a ball, rocking out to Rock and Roll All Nite at the MCG before the AFL grand final on Saturday.
Cuban’s mum, Carla Casem, said she was the emotional one, looking on from the sidelines.
“It was overwhelming. I was in tears most of the time,” she said.
Cuban, of Fraser Rise in Melbourne’s west, was one of four kids chosen to dance on stage with the famous American band as the crowd roared during the pre-game entertainment.
He said the best part was doing an air-guitar solo while standing “back-to-back” with lead guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Three of Cuban’s classmates from hip-hop dance school Kstar Studios in Ravenhall danced next to singer and bass player Gene Simmons, singer and guitarist Paul Stanley, and drummer Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, below them, 500 other children performed choreographed dance moves to the song.
The dancers, who were recruited from five Melbourne dance schools, rehearsed for weeks but were sworn to secrecy ahead of the game between Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions.
Carla said her son was nervous before the concert, but once he was out there, he was fine.