Jim Neff's Cadillac KISStory 

How it all started

In 1973 the Cadillac High School Vikings football team finished undefeated with a perfect 9-0 record. Spirits were soaring as the 1974 season began, but the Vikings lost the first two games of the season. We coaches knew that the team was talented, but we also knew that the pressure of living up to the accomplishments of the previous year were causing the team to play below their abilities. We were looking for something to lighten the atmosphere and playing Rock and Roll in the locker room before practices and games was suggested. As the resident Rock and Roll expert, head coach Dave Brines gave me the task of picking the music. I chose a new and outrageous band -- KISS. They were wild, bold, and loud. Plus, their name invoked an old football credo -- Keep It Simple Stupid. It was a match that was meant to be. The 1974 team won its final seven games with KISS as an inspiration. The band heard about what we were doing and instantly adopted the Vikings as their team. Then in October of 1975 the unbelievable happened, KISS came to Cadillac High School and played a homecoming concert in the high school gym. It's an event that has become a cornerstone of KISStory and a legendary event in Rock and Roll. The story has persevered throughout the years. This website presents photos, documents, videos, articles, unique features, and current news about the KISS visit.

 

Added in 2015, Cadillac is now home to the only KISS Monument in the world. Over 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide, 5000 pounds, and laser-etched midnight black granite. It's a touchstone for every KISS fan!

 

"Do we remember Cadillac? That's not the way to put it. We can't forget you. It's an honor to be part of this." -- Paul Stanley 2015 interview



"It was like being on Planet KISS." --Gene Simmons 2015 interview



SPECIAL NOTICE: The Cadillac High movie project continues to move forward. Part of the effort involves locating any and all film footage from the 1975 KISS visit to Cadillac. There was no video or digital capability in 1975, so any footage would be in either 8mm or 16mm film format. The movie producers are interested in all footage regardless of its length. If you have any film of the 1975 event or know someone who does, please fill out the contact form at http://kisscadillac.com/contact-us/.  


KISS Cadillac 1975 Named a Top Michigan Concert of ALL TIME!

On March 30, 2016, MLive.com named the 30 Greatest Michigan rock concerts of all time. KISS Cadillac 1975 is on that list (slide 32). Pus, the front picture of the article is a KISS Cadillac photo. 

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