Kiss Alive, 35 years later

Legendary rockers to play twin shows at Cobo Hall for 35th anniversary of landmark 'Alive!'
September 25, 2009 12:54:18 PM PDT
People! Kiss is "Alive!" And then some.

The Clown Princes of Rock were in Detroit Rock City Thursday night, shooting a new video and conducting last-minute preps for a very special twin set of shows today and tomorrow to honor the 35th anniversary of the band's landmark double-live platter, "Alive!"

Working with famed director Wayne Isham, the band shot close-ups for "Modern Day Delilah" (from new album "Sonic Boom," set for release Oct. 6) with a hyped Motown crowd of lucky extras at Cobo Hall, the famed venue where the storied "Alive!" album was recorded in 1975.

The album is the monumental disc that vaulted the band to multi-platinum superstardom upon its release, and the one that initiated the band's love affair with the first city to truly embrace four guys from New York who wore face paint and donned outrageous costumes.

The band would go on to write "Detroit Rock City" as a valentine to Kiss' first hardcore fans, and now that relationship has come full circle more than three decades later.

Onstage frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley says the Cobo shows will be "an intimate moment with a city and the people who were pivotal in helping to make Kiss what it is."

Stanley says the band will play the songs that made up 1975's "Alive!" as well as a few choice favorites. He also expects to perform "Modern Day Delilah" off "Boom," the band's first studio album in 11 years.

After the Detroit shows, Kiss heads to Cleveland and London, Ontario, early next week.

Here at the ABC12 Listening Room, we've got you covered with a full-on VIP pass to all the action backstage, onstage and on the streets.

We've got an interview with the band on tap for today, and we'll have a review of Saturday's show this weekend.

Enjoy, Kiss Army soldiers, and tune in this weekend for the review.

Keep rocking.

(Video and sound by photojournalist and ABC12 Listening Room staffer Josh Daunt.)

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