Could KISS Say Goodbye This Year?
Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist for KISS, is performing this Saturday night at Click's Live in Tyler. As a kid I was into the Doobie Brothers and Styx. Billy, my next door neighbor, was kind of an old soul, and he was into The Beatles. But then he started telling me about this band he'd discovered called KISS. I'd never heard of them, and when he played Detroit Rock City for me I thought, "This band only knows 3 chords." Of course, I was right, but that wasn't the point.
In 1975, KISS Alive! was released and rock music would never be the same. Alice Cooper had been doing some really cool theatrical shows for years, but never anything as bombastic as a KISS show with it's members in full makeup, all the explosions and general mayhem. And for KISS it was never really about the music anyway. It was about creating the brand--"I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll All Night!" The guys are all in their 60's and 70's now, but they can still rock.
Though, Ace Frehley is currently not with the band, there are rumors circulating that KISS may be getting the original lineup together for a farewell tour this year. So check out Ace this Saturday night in Tyler. It could be one of your last chances to witness a big piece of rock history.