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Kiss vs Kiss II: The Unknown Story of Kiss II

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The Unknown Story of Kiss II
“We just wanted to play somewhere.” – Tim Reynolds
In 1978, how would you have known that the rock band Kiss was on stage before you? Sure, the bombastic stage show was in place, with flashpots, explosions, flames, loud music and four guys in over the top costumes with make-up on. But would you have known it was really Kiss under all of that make-up and leather? More to the point, would anyone have cared? At the time, people were handing their money over to the band like it was on fire. Could anyone have gone on stage and pretended to be Kiss and gotten away with it?
That is the scenario that two budding promoters, Kenneth Cundiff and David Hagnseiker wanted to find out. They approached the Mt Vernon State Fair with the idea of a Kiss concert at the fair in May 1978. For the organisers of the State Fair it was an easy yes. Kiss playing the State Fair would ensure a large turn out, so they agreed, bring the band in. Put them on. More money for all. There w…

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