KISS Takes Over Empire State Building
KISS paid a visit to the Empire State Building in New York Thursday.
They were there to flip the switch to light up the iconic building in silver in honor of their logo, and red, purple, blue and green, representing the colors of each band member’s character.
Images of the band and their logo were also flashed onto the facade and synced to the studio version of “Rock and Roll All Nite” Nite”.
And, Thursday was also proclaimed “KISS Day in New York City.”
One of the most iconic images of the band was taken on the top of the Empire State Building in 1976.
KISS will do the final two shows of their End of the Road tour Friday and Saturday nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Saturday’s show will be aired live on Pay-Per-View.
GS: “We started half a century ago 10 blocks from here — 10 East 23rd Street. It is an astonishing journey and only in New York City can four guys off the streets of New York have a dream of putting together the band they always wanted to see on stage. That’s what we wanted to do. Put the band together we never saw on stage. And it only took us 50 years to come here and finish the right way.”
PS: “If the Empire State Building is good enough for King Kong it’s good enough for us.”
But what about two members of the band who WEREN’T invited to the final shows?
We reached out to Peter Criss to get his feelings on the band he helped create coming to an end and he tells us exclusively, “It’s hard to believe it’s over. I’m truly touched by it.
“There were so many glorious years and the four of us created some really fun tunes and have the most incredible fan base a band could ever have. We are truly fortunate to have our fans all these years. Thank you KISS Army for the life that you gave me and the life that you gave all of us in KISS.”
Peter also goes onto say that while he’s “disappointed” that he and Ace, as founding members of KISS, — along with others who kept the band going like Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent — “weren’t asked to come out and do a few songs for their fans” in New York to show their appreciation for all their love and support all these years, he adds that he’s “in a good place in his life and very happy and very proud of what the four founding fathers of KISS created.
“It’s truly a blessing. There’s not much more a musician or artist could ask for then what God has blessed us with. And now the end is here. To quote our dear late manager Bill Aucoin, ‘onward and upward.'”
So how do you watch the final shows? Here’s the info: