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KISS talks sports at Casino Del Sol Resort; Paul Cicala goes 1-on-1 with KISS band members as they kickoff new tour with promotion at Sewailo Golf Course

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Iconic rock band KISS kicked off its Freedom To Rock Tour with a special concert on the 4th of July at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson. In addition to talking “Rock N Roll”, KISS members met with News 4 Tucson before the concert and talked about their admiration for Tucson and all of its Veterans.

KISS’ founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons grew up in New York and are die-hard Yankees fans. Drummer Eric Singer is proud native of Cleveland, Ohio. Needless to say, he’s still pumped up about the Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship. KISS drummer Eric Singer told News 4 Tucson Sports Director Paul Cicala, “Right now I’m still relishing the Cavs winning the title. It’s the first title since 1964 when the Browns one the NFL title. I was there. I was 6 years old. I was actually there with my father in 1964, and then I went to the finals with the Cavaliers, I went back to Cleveland where I’m from for games three and four. I got enjoy it and be a participant.”

And, KISS’ sports allegiance goes beyond hoops. Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley are the founders of the Arena Football League squad the Los Angeles Kiss. KISS co-founder and lead singer Paul Stanley told News 4 Tucson’s Paul Cicala that “The whole idea with LA Kiss is to make it possible for people to see Arena Football. Arena football is called AFL. But, I call it “Adrenaline Football”. It’s actually, you’re on a field, there’s really no sidelines, it’s high scoring. And, the most important thing about it is that you don’t have to mortgage your car or house to get tickets. .It’s something you can take your whole family to."

Before the concert, dozens of Veterans and other KISS fans from Tucson were able to take part in an official photo shoot for the band in which they held a humongous USA Flag (about 1/3 the size of a football field). It all took place at the Sewailo Golf Course (home of the U of A golf team) at the Casino Del Sol Resort & the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation in Tucson. KISS members told News 4 Tucson in an exclusive interview how excited they were to open their tour in Tucson –especially on the 4th of July. Through their efforts, thousands of dollars were raised for Tucson-area veterans.

Towards the end of the show, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild got on stage to present KISS the key to the City, in addition to giving them a warm thanks for everything they’ve done for Veterans in the Old Pueblo. After that, KISS lead singer Paul Stanley led the symbolic and patriotic vibes by leading the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After that, KISS rocked the AVA theater by playing the national anthem with their electric guitars, and then transitioning into their hit song “Rock & Roll All Night & Party Every Day”.

To see the 1-on-1 interviews with KISS (talking sports and Tucson), and the story from Paul Cicala as-aired-on-NBC please click on the icon above.

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