May 14

Seeing Kiss live would be a spectacle

kiss.jpgApparently, there are a lot of Kiss fans in San Luis Obispo County. Because, according to Kiss’s web site, the band’s current tour dates are set by fan votes. And since it was just announced that Kiss is coming to the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, fans must have wanted them to come here.

Either that or the fair offered them a bunch of money.

It’s hard to imagine Kiss being at the fair, though. Their shows always have a lot of, well — things like fire, for instance. Plus explosions, blood and lights.

Lots of lights.

I can’t say I’ve seen a show like that at the fair before. But, then again, that can be said for most venues.

A while back, I wrote about my Kiss experience as a child. If you were a boy back in the 70′s, you really dug Kiss — at least for a while. (Though I have to admit, I’ll still jam to “Rock and Roll All Nite.”) And, according to Gene Simmons, girls dug the band as well.

Simmons claims to have slept with 4,600 women. Not quite Wilt Chamberlain numbers (20,000, according to Wilt the Stilt), but pretty high stats, nonetheless.

In this interview with Terry Gross, Simmons said he took photos of all the women as proof. The interview, by the way, was rather contentious, with Simmons calling Gross “boring” and Gross calling Simmons “obnoxious.”

I think Kiss is one of those bands you tend to grow out of. Their music, after all, isn’t especially deep or sophisticated. (This is the band, after all, that gave us “Lick It Up.”) Still, you have to admit, their shows are quite a spectacle. And Kiss purposely epitomizes every grand, excessive notion of rock and roll, which in itself is pretty rock and roll.

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