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KISS ME!

Cue the tongues: KISS ready to rock 'n' roll all night (but you already knew that)
by: Kristian Dowling, 
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss perform on-stage during their current world tour, which features all-new costumes and pyrotechnics. See them smoke the stage at the Rose Garden on Nov. 17.

In 1977, it was totally awesome to be in eighth grade because you could get KISS comics printed with real KISS blood! Yes, the fearsome foursome each donated a pint to red ink used in the first Marvel pressing or something like that.

Well, now you can risk SHEDDING YOUR OWN BLOOD when KISS with special guests hard rockers Buckcherry come to town Nov. 17.

KISS now boasts half its original lineup - Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley - along with (Beaverton's own) Tommy Thayer on lead guitar and Eric Singer on drums. So you might call them PECK.

However, given the band is best known for performing in elaborate makeup, this may not matter unless you're a diehard early KISS fan. Which about every junior high male in America was in the 1970s when KISS TOTALLY RULED!

And why shouldn't these monstrous rockers rule the world? The band created anthem after anthem that defined stadium rock, from 'Rock 'n' Roll All Nite' to 'Shout It Out Loud.' This was music that enabled millions of awkward adolescents to feel cool for a moment as they chanted along with a pseudo-dangerous band.

But the most amazing thing about KISS is that it actually spawned 1980s glam metal, so it is also arguably one of the most influential bands of all time. No KISS, no Poison or Mötley Crüe, all apologies to Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls aside. Who would've guessed a band that essentially started as a joke on concerned parents everywhere would become an institution? Actually, KISS knew this, WHICH IS WHY THEY TOTALLY RULE!

The current show features all-new costumes and pyrotechnics, and KISS is touring in support of a NEW album, its 9 millionth or so outing, no one's counting anymore. Another reason why America is still the greatest country, because let's face it, no other country except America produced KISS.

KISS with Buckcherry 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Rose Garden. Tickets: $126, $76, $39.50, $19.50. Parking: $13. Info: www.rosequarter.com.

- Rob Cullivan