With big hair, platform shoes and makeup, Kiss went from a 1970's New York hard rock band to one of the biggest pop culture references in the world, managing to remain relevant over the last four decades with consistently charismatic live performances.
Now, with its own arena football team L.A. Kiss kicking off its first season April 5 in Anaheim, the group is scheduled to strip down its sound for a sold-out acoustic concert at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino on April 3 in Highland. The special concert is just days before the group is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in Cleveland.
“The rock group Kiss has kept their fanbase and most importantly have kept the integrity of their music,” said Kevin Donan, owner of the record store As The Record Turns in Hollywood. “They truly stuck to their fans. That's why they have a great admiration from their fanbase. They did have changes in the lineup ... but they've always come up with something fresh. They even had solo careers during the time they were most famous (1978) and kept the same imagery. That's something very important.”
Of course, it couldn't be a Kiss event without some controversy. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have reportedly said they will not play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony because both current and past members of the group are not being inducted. The hall of fame has only honored the original members of the group, which are bassist and co-lead vocalist Simmons, rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist Stanley, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss.
They were together from 1973-1980. Now, the group consists of Simmons, Stanley, drummer Eric Singer and drummer Tommy Thayer.
The current group will perform without face paint at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino date.
“Bringing Kiss to the Inland Empire highlights our commitment to bringing the biggest and best names to San Manuel guests,” said Steve Lengel, Executive Director of Operations for the casino. “This once-in-a-lifetime concert is just the beginning of what we see as a unique relationship between Kiss, L.A. Kiss football and San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. This is a union of the biggest names in entertainment. This relationship ultimately will benefit both our guests and fans of Kiss.”
After the concert, the band hits the road with Def Leppard and are scheduled to play The Forum in Inglewood on July 8