Friday, September 17, 2010

KISS still wants to rock 'n' roll all night, and party every day

Kiss Headline Rock In The Park in Texas on Saturday
By Don and Sharon Chance
Times Record News

Rock In The Park Festival
Where: Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010
Time: Show 1:00pm

Drowning Pool
The Envy

...And the Academy Is
Pat Green

When one of the most legendary and long-lasting rock bands in music history needs someone to replace an original member, very few musicians can step into such a position without causing obvious changes to the band and its sound.

But when Tommy Thayer was called on to take on the lead guitar chores for the departing Ace Frehley in the KISS lineup, it was as natural to him as playing in his own successful group, the moderately successful KISS-inspired band Black and Blue.

The always flamboyant KISS will headline Rock’N The Park at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, Saturday. Other groups on the bill are Pat Green, Daughtry and Drowning Pool. The music kicks off at 1 p.m. and is set to run until 11:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $59.92 and go up to $111.76.

According to Thayer, the KISS show features a new opening, new visual and pyrotechnic effects and even more over-the-top rock antics than ever before.

“We know that money isn’t easy these days, and if the fans pay the money for a concert, we want the value to be there,” Thayer said from his home Thousand Oaks, Calif. “With KISS, you don’t need to worry about that. We don’t stand around looking at our toes. We are out there working.”

Growing up in Oregon, Thayer said he always wanted to be the lead guitarist in a successful band. And he was as surprised as anyone when it actually happened.

“It’s a strange thing where life will take you sometimes,” he said. “In this case, it’s quite spectacular. To grow up and just be a rock ‘n’ roll fan in general, and a band like KISS and all the other great bands of the ‘70s, and then 30 years later, finding yourself playing in the band as the lead guitar player — it’s mind-blowing.”

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