Superman has kryptonite, and apparently I have KISS.
Last year I posted a link to an excellent article The Day Kiss Rocked Cadillac in the Northern Express. Today, I find that Paul Roy at Blogcritics has posted Music DVD Review: KISS – Kissology Vol. 1 – 1974-1977. Due to the strange power KISS holds over me, I not only have to buy the DVD, I also have to post it on the off chance you will buy it.
The documentary highlight of this package, however, has to go to the fascinating footage of KISS’ trip to Cadillac, Michigan on October 9th, 1975, to take part in the town high school’s homecoming celebration. They mingled with the townspeople all day before eventually performing a climactic concert in the high school gymnasium. The one or two thousand who where actually there, has supposedly grown into about one or two hundred thousand who claim they were.
The next morning, a breakfast was held in the band’s honor, where the town officials presented KISS with a key to the city – this was after they graciously allowed the band to apply KISS makeup to each and every one of them. Hearing the football coach talk about how they played KISS in the locker room to get the team pumped up before each game, brought back fond memories of myself cranking Alive! on my stereo before each and every one of my high school hockey games to get myself fired up. Believe me, it worked. In true KISS fashion, a giant helicopter unsuspectingly swooped down onto the football field to pick up the band as they were saying their goodbyes to the town. The KISS phenomenon had officially begun.