KISS Mask by Lori Neff, Flushing MI. -- Mr. Speed Mask by Ann Neff, Cadillac MI.
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!
KISS brought their “End Of The Road” tour to Grand Rapids on March 9, 2019 and it was a night to remember for KISS Cadillac fans. As you looked around the crowd it was easy to spot all the KISS Cadillac tee shirts as fans were present in full force.
Even with all that, there was something even more memorable for KISS Cadillac fans. See the report and photos...
Cadillac has always been a key part of KISS history. The connection between Cadillac and KISS is now being recognized in the official KISS “End of the Road” Tour Book.
Inside the tour book, every tour in the band's history is highlighted. For each of those tours a significant fact about that tour is featured. The fact chosen for the “Alive Tour (1975-76)” is the KISS visit to Cadillac High School in 1975. Located at the top of page eight of the book, the caption reads: “The band visits Cadillac to celebrate KISS Day in honor of the high school football team's amazing KISS-inspired winning streak.”
The bond formed by that 1975 visit continues to this day. Cadillac is home to the only KISS Monument in the world, a touchstone for KISS fans everywhere. More information at: KISSCadillac.com.
The KISS “End of the Road” Tour Book is only available at concerts on the tour schedule (KISSOnline.com). A flip-through of the tour book by KISSFaq.com can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9VaE069x6I.