Tuesday, August 10, 2010

State Fair gets "KISSed"

Okay, I'm not the biggest KISS fan in the world, but I was one of the 15,000 people in the sold out Hoosier Lottery Grandstand Monday night excited to see the masked men do their thing... and they didn't disappoint. It's really kind of hard to believe they can still crank out the tunes like that - especially in 90-degree heat - as "experienced" as they are.

The guys all arose from underneath the stage to start the show and that was only the start of the special effects. Gene Simmons spiked flaming torches, Tommy Thayer shot fireworks out of his guitar, Eric Singer and his drumkit were lifted to the top of the stage, and that doesn't even include the vast array of other flames, fireworks and confetti.

I enjoyed being part of the KISS Army for one night and am still amazed by the two guys who showed up in full Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley gear (they must have posed for a thousand photos!). And I was most impressed when the band took a couple minutes to tell the crowd about their Wounded Warrior fund in which they donate a dollar of each sold ticket to our soldiers hurt in combat. The current tally is more than $105,000!

So say what you want about these facepainted rockers, but they leave it all out on the stage night after night... and they certainly know how to close out a show. Check it out...

Submitted by Andy Klotz

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