Smyrna girl gets birthday KISS

Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna received the birthday gift of a lifetime Sunday as she was brought onto the stage during KISS' concert at the Cross Insurance Arena. She is the daughter of Jenny and Jeremy Tarr.

Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna received the birthday gift of a lifetime Sunday as she was brought onto the stage during KISS’ concert at the Cross Insurance Arena. She is the daughter of Jenny and Jeremy Tarr.

PORTLAND, Maine — Most people struggle to remember where they were for their first kiss.

But for Morgan Tarr, 10, of Smyrna, that first kiss happened to be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group KISS during a concert Sunday evening at the Cross Insurance Arena in front of about 8,000 fans.

Tarr received the birthday gift of a lifetime, as she was brought onto the stage by KISS lead singer Paul Stanley during the group’s concert in Portland and stayed on the stage for an entire song as Stanley wrapped his arms around her and played guitar.

“I was so nervous before going onstage,” Morgan said. “But I felt fine once we were out there.”

“Morgan is a huge KISS fan,” her mother, Jenny Tarr, said Tuesday morning. “She’s liked the group for a couple of years because both Jeremy [her father] and I are huge fans. We always told her that if KISS ever came back to Maine, we would take her to a concert.”

The parents kept the concert a secret and surprised Morgan with tickets to the concert for her birthday party on Aug. 27. Her actual birthday is Aug. 26, but she celebrated the following day with a KISS-themed party.

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Tornado warning interrupts KISS concert in Ohio

The Associated Press

marvel-comics-super-special-01-kiss-24INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes that touched down in Indiana and Ohio (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Not even KISS could rock ‘n’ roll all night with tornado sirens blaring.

Frontman Gene Simmons tweeted that the band’s show in Toledo, Ohio, was stopped briefly Wednesday night during a tornado warning.

He says some people went into the arena to seek shelter until the storm passed.

While no tornadoes touched down in Toledo, there was a long line of damage across the northwestern part of the state from the storm that first hit central and northern Indiana.

About six trailers were damaged at a mobile home park near Hicksville in Ohio.

Officials in Van Wert County say at least two tornadoes touched down about 2 miles apart, tearing roofs off homes and flattening barns.


Ace Frehley delivers in spades at rainy Batfest

David Glessner | Austin 360

Sure, the rain threatened Saturday’s downtown Batfest, but at least it wasn’t hotter than hell (or a typical August in Texas). By the time legendary rock guitar hero Ace Frehley img_0951landed on stage, the downpour dried and it was all systems go.

At the height of his galactic domination throughout the 1970s, Frehley and drummer Peter Criss were the “party-every-day” half of rock titans, KISS. Now solo, sober and free of the wobbly platform boots and iconic face paint that brought him riches, fame and bad habits, Frehley is still giving his fans what they want.

Opening with the hard-charging “Rip It Out” from his 1978 solo album (the best-selling of the individual KISS solo albums), Frehley prowled the stage with his trusty Les Paul and 24-7 shades. Backed by longtime partner-in-crime Richie Scarlet on guitar (a hair-metal pirate not unlike Keith Richards), bassist Chris Wyse (ex-The Cult) and drummer Scot Coogan (Brides of Destruction), Frehley is as comfortably suited for the small stage as he was for the arenas he once shared with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

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KISS: still shouting out loud, Tommy interview

Darren Tromblay | City View

Whether you like the music or not, there’s a certainty that comes with seeing KISS perform live on a big stage: You will be entertained. The pyro, lasers, video, thousands of lights and moving mechanical stage parts are as spectacular as anything a concert-goer will experience. Ever.  And of course, there’s the band — the Demon, the Starchild, the Spaceman and the Catman, characters that are synonymous with the creation of some of the most hook-laden and oft-played rock and roll of the past 40 years that has been enjoyed by a legion known as the KISS Army.


Bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer bring the KISS machine to the Iowa State Fair Friday night on its Freedom to Rock Tour. Thayer spoke with Cityview’s Darren Tromblay recently from the road.

CV: The Freedom to Rock tour began on July 4, so you’ve been out awhile now. Tell me about this trek.

Tommy Thayer: We’re doing the secondary markets, which are amazing, actually, because a lot of bands don’t go to Boise, Idaho and Bozeman, Montana. People there love it even more than anywhere else. We love it, too, because it creates a great energy between the band and the audience that we look forward to.

CV: You were in Des Moines a couple of years ago, but it’s going to be a different venue this time, outdoors. Staging-wise what should we expect?

Tommy Thayer: It’s going to be big and bombastic like always. We’re basing the stage on the one we used in Las Vegas (residency). There’s a lot of video, pyro. And even though it will be outside and a little warmer out there (laughs), maybe a little more humid, it will be rocking. We’ll be bringing all the firepower.

CV: Leather, makeup and 100-degree temperatures sound like trouble.

Tommy Thayer: (laughs) We love playing in any condition, but it can be brutal outside in the summer, especially at certain times. The leather, the boots, the makeup, the pyro, all that stuff; combine it and it heats up exponentially, but we can deal with it. Continue reading

TWISTED SISTER Bassist Doesn’t Care About DEE SNIDER’s War Of Words With PAUL STANLEY


Mark Mendoza says that he doesn’t care about Dee Snider‘s war of words with Paul Stanley, explaining that the TWISTED SISTER frontman’s sometimes-controversial opinions don’t represent “the whole band.”

Snider and Stanley stated feuding after the TWISTED singer criticized KISS‘s current lineup, which features guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer in place of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, respectively.

Asked if he is bothered by some of the things Dee says in interviews, the TWISTED SISTER bassist told Zoiks! Online (hear audio below): “Do I like when he does things like that? No. But just like he doesn’t tell me what to say, I don’t tell him what to say.

“I happen to know Paul Stanley very well, because I happened to actually play some gigs with his son, local gigs. I helped out his son a few times, and I spoke to him on the phone. And when it happened, we actually bumped into each other on the phone. And he goes, ‘Really, it has nothing to do with you.’ And I said, ‘Listen, I really don’t care, because in a week or two, no one’s gonna remember it even happened. I really don’t care. If you’ve got a problem with Dee, and you wanna say it’s the whole band, then you can say whatever you want. I really don’t care.’ So he told me… he’s, like, ‘You’re a great guy. You’re a good guy, and I certainly appreciate you looking after my son.’ And there was no problem with it.”

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