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(June 20, 2015) -- The Story of the KISS Key
Have you wondered about whatever happened to the Key to Cadillac given to KISS in 1975?
Read the story here...
(June 20, 2015) -- KISS Cadillac eBay auction for rare
My eBay auction for the Cadillacan newspaper from the 1975 KISS visit
to Cadillac was successful! The winning bid was $269.11, which will go to the KISS Cadillac
Monument Fund. I want to thank the great KISS fans who bid on this piece of memorabilia. Now I
call on every other KISS fan to keep that spirit moving forward and donate to the fund at
(June 6, 2015) -- KISS Cadillac update 1
“Details, give me the details.” Since the news of the KISS Cadillac Homecoming
40th Anniversary Celebration was officially announced in the Cadillac News on April
15, that's what people have been asking me in person and via email and social media. We're still
about four months away from the October 9-10 weekend, so there several things are still in the
planning stages. That said, this is a good time for an initial update.
The KISS Cadillac Homecoming is a collaborative event with Cadillac Area Festival & Events,
Cadillac Area Public Schools, the Cadillac Viking Athletic Boosters, and the Cadillac Band
Boosters. All NET proceeds from the event will benefit the two booster clubs. A committee of local
citizens and many volunteers are working hard to make this event a success. The goal for everyone
involved is to do something positive for the City of Cadillac and the students at Cadillac High
Part of that overall goal is not to replace the traditional CHS
homecoming, but to enhance it. The key components of homecoming (the pep assembly, the parade, the
football game, the homecoming dance) will remain the same. Members of the planning committee met
with representatives of CHS student government to explain the proposed enhancements and the
students were supportive and excited.
At this point the main components of the KISS Cadillac weekend are in
place. First will be the homecoming parade on Friday afternoon (October 9). Adding to the
traditional class floats, there may be additional floats with a KISS theme. The CHS Marching
Vikings will be playing some KISS tunes. And we hope to have members of the 1974 and 1975 football
teams marching in the parade as well.
On Friday night the focus will be on the football game. As Coach
Brines used to say, “You can have the football game without homecoming, but you can't have
homecoming without the football game.” The game and traditional halftime ceremonies will be the
centerpieces as always. We're hoping visitors to Cadillac for the weekend will come to the game,
making it one of the biggest homecoming crowds ever.
On Saturday morning (October 10), the KISS Cadillac Monument will be
unveiled. This eight-foot tall, black granite masterpiece features pictures of the 1975 KISS visit
plus the stories of the 1974 and 1975 Cadillac High football teams and all the game-by-game scores
from each season. This will be paid for by sponsors and donations, so everyone can be a part of
KISStory by participating in the funding of the monument. Every single donation, big and small, is
To assist this effort, beginning June 10 on eBay, I'm auctioning a
rare KISS Cadillac artifact from my personal collection. It is the Cadillac High School Cadillacan
newspaper from May, 1976, which detailed the KISS visit. It has 12 pages, 23 pictures, and reprints
of articles written about the event. This is the real deal, not one of those unauthorized reprints
offered by unscrupulous vendors at KISS conventions. It has the beautifully aged patina you would
expect for a 40-year-old newspaper, which makes it even more desirable for any KISS collector.
There are not many of these original copies left anywhere in the world. Every penny from this eBay
auction will go directly to the monument fund. For details and a link to this auction, plus
information on how everyone can donate to the fund, go to http://www.kisscadillac.com and click on Donate or http://www.neffzone.com/kiss/Donate.html (which
includes a step-by-step guide).
Of course the most well known part of the 1975 KISS visit was the
concert in the CHS gym. KISS will be on tour in Australia next October, plus it's really not
logistically possible to have them play here, given how big they've become. (See www.neffzone.com/kiss/tribute.html for a longer
However, we will be re-creating the concert in the gym with the best
KISS tribute band in the world – Mr. Speed (www.mrsppeedonline.com). You may remember that in 2009 Mr.
Speed played to a sold out audience in the CHS auditorium. They followed that with a sold out 2010
show at the Little River Casino in Manistee. In 2012, Mr. Speed traveled to Las Vegas and came away
with the title -- "World's Best KISS Tribute Band." In a contest judged by KISS lead guitarist
Tommy Thayer, Mr. Speed bested 200 other tribute bands from around the world and won that
designation. In 2014, Mr. Speed was chosen to appear on AXS TV's "World's Greatest Tribute Bands"
series, another testament to the band's status. Now add in two performances at The Wex and an
acoustic show at the former McGuire's Resort (now Evergreen) and it's pretty plain that Mr. Speed
has shown its affinity for Cadillac and the KISS Cadillac story.
So, on October 10 we'll be re-creating the concert in the gym – with
an interesting twist. The concert will be from 2:00-4:00 PM (in the afternoon). We looked at
several time slots on Friday and Saturday. The football game is on Friday night and we did not want
to tamper with that. The homecoming dance is on Saturday night, an event that is attended by 80
percent of CHS students, so we did not want to alter that.
An afternoon concert makes a lot of sense when you think about it.
Visitors to Cadillac will have time to explore the town before and after the concert. With an
ending time of 4:00 PM, concert attendees have plenty of time to patronize restaurants and pubs
after the show. Alumni groups can schedule get-togethers after the concert. If you want to bring
children to this all-ages concert you don't have to worry about bedtimes. Teens can attend the
concert and still go to the dance. We think that an afternoon concert will make it easier for
everyone to attend and it will also be good for Cadillac businesses.
Well, that's it for now. More details will be announced soon in
future columns, including more about concert ticket sales. Continuing information updates will be
on the event website at www.kisscadillac.com, on
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kisscadillac, on Twitter
at https://twitter.com/kisscadillac, in the
Cadillac News in print and on www.cadillacnews.com,
and on www.neffzone.com/kiss.
(April 15, 2015) -- On October 9-10, 2015, Cadillac will celebrate the
40th Anniversary of the KISS Homecoming at Cadillac High School. The legendary
rock band KISS visited the small town of Cadillac in 1975 to connect with their football team
and perform a concert in the gym, a story that has become iconic in Rock and Roll history.
This year's homecoming coincides with the
120th Anniversary of Cadillac Viking football, so special festivities are being
planned. The weekend will include: The homecoming football game, KISS-themed additions to the
homecoming parade, a re-creation of the concert in the gym (featuring the World's Best KISS Tribute
Band – Mr. Speed), the unveiling of a permanent KISS monument, walking tours of KISStorical markers
at significant spots around town, promotions by local businesses, and much more.
Joy Vandrie, Director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau, expects
the weekend will have great appeal to KISS fans. “This event will garner world wide attention and
not only attract many visitors to Cadillac for this unique weekend, but also establish Cadillac as
a permanent KISS tourism destination.”
The KISS Cadillac Homecoming is a collaborative event with Cadillac
Area Festival & Events, Cadillac Area Public Schools, the Cadillac Viking Athletic Boosters,
and the Cadillac Band Boosters. All NET proceeds from the event will benefit the two booster
A committee of local citizens and many volunteers are working hard to
make this event a success. Committee member Jim Neff, the person responsible for bringing KISS to
Cadillac in 1975, adds: “We have the total backing of KISS and their management at McGhee
Entertainment. The goal for everyone involved is to do something positive for the City of Cadillac
and the students at Cadillac High School.”
A schedule of events and ticket information for the KISS tribute
concert featuring Mr. Speed will be announced soon.
There are sponsorship opportunities and ways for KISS fans to donate to the monument fund.
Every donation is important, big or small, so this is a chance for everyone to become a significant
part of KISStory. Click here for a monument donation guide. Click here for sponsorship
Continuing information updates will be on the event website at
www.kisscadillac.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kisscadillac, on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/kisscadillac, in the Cadillac
News in print and on www.cadillacnews.com, and on
www.neffzone.com/kiss. Event details and information
about visiting Cadillac will be on the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau website at www.cadillacmichigan.com.