A good, hard KISS

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A good, hard KISS

With Kiss set to invade Australia later in the year as part of their farewell tour, a bunch of Kiss-devoted musos are paying tribute to the band’s 1979 album, Dynasty. It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since this album took Kiss from being a tough rock’n’roll band to fully blown pop stars.

Next month, Dynasty’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated in Geelong by an all-star band consisting of Ash Naylor (Even, Rockwiz orchestra), Dave Bowers (Nubiles, Stone Cold Boners, Eugene Hamilton), Tommy Boyce (Casanovas), Marc Welsh (Have a Nice Day, Welshman) and Brett Wolfenden (Todd Rundgren, Davey Lane).

Like thousands of kids across the suburbs and towns of Australia in the 1970s, these fools took up music because of Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter. But it was also the larger-than-life posturing, pouting, strut and attitude that gave Kiss their allure.

The power that Kiss had over kids back then is summed up in this memory from Bowers. “I remember, summer 1975, riding my bike over to a mate’s flat with some other kids so we could LOOK at the cover of Kiss Alive… just LOOKING was exciting enough.”

This one-off supergroup has KISS in its DNA and will play the entire album plus a set of hand-picked KISS songs with some tasty, obscure treats mixed in.

They’ve got the Magic Touch…

When & Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – May 10.