KISS Visits Sioux Falls
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
July 20, 2013 11:02 PM
The famous rock band KISS was in Sioux Falls Saturday. Instead of performing a concert in town, they were here for a different reason.
Old fans, impersonators and even younger generations sported face point and waited anxiously for their arrival at the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy.
“It’s fantastic. I can’t even explain how fun it is to get to see them and go back in time,” said fan Wendi Hogan.
Only this time the band traded in their face paint and stage costumes and catered to a younger generation. They stepped foot on a mini ‘red carpet.’ The band signed autographs and gave high fives to the children of the Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s all worthwhile. You see those kids grin ear to ear. That is priceless. It’s about putting smiles on their faces,” said KISS member Eric Singer.
It’s more than just giving smiles. The band talked highly about the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls. It’s a place that provides free music education programs to children.
“Kids need a save environment where minds can soar. Anything is possible,” said KISS member Gene Simmons.
The academy even dedicated four new rehearsal rooms to the band. Each room is designed inside for each band member. They are lined with pictures of that person and other memorabilia representing their personalities. The band said it’s vital to have facilities like these for children to learn music.
“Everyone can tap a foot or sing along to a song. It’s a common bonding tool,” said Singer.
The band even left this message for the kids to remember.
“Those kids have big dreams. Where you’re from is an accident. Where you’re going is up to you,” said Simmons.
Who knows, maybe someday one of these kids could end up with quite a future in rock and roll too.
This is the first time all of the band members have been to Sioux Falls together.
Music: "Rock And Roll All Nite" by KISS