Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kiss has long, interesting history with Michigan, including epic Cadillac visit in 1975

By John Liberty/Michigan Live!

Kiss in Cadillac in 1975
EnlargeKiss visited Cadillac in 1975 where they went to the high school, held a parade and performed. Photo courtesy of the Cadillac News.Kiss has a unique history with Michigan gallery (8 photos)

With a history approaching 40 years, the rock band Kiss has fans all over the globe.

But there seems to be something special about its connections with the state of Michigan.

The band penned the song "Detroit Rock City," still thinks fondly of Cobo Hall and made an unforgettable visit to Cadillac on Oct. 9, 1975, after hearing the Cadillac High School football team used the band's music as motivation the year earlier.

Kiss and Motley Crue performed Thursday night at the DTE Energy Music Theater after a truck carrying pyrotechnics equipment rolled over on a highway in northeast Ohio, causing the show, originally slated for Wednesday, to be delayed. It's another interesting chapter in the band's history with Michigan.

At Thursday's concert, Paul Stanley shared his affinity for the Detroit area, according to the review from MLive.com's Eric Lacy, who wrote:

"There's a lot of bands that write a lot of songs about cities," Stanley said, after the group opened with "Detroit Rock City. "But we've only wrote one about one city, and that city is Detroit."

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