When KISS departed Cadillac in 1975, they left behind a special plaque that commemorated the event. It featured the likenesses and autographs of KISS etched in gold-colored metal mounted on a dark wood frame. The plaque was specifically dedicated to Cadillac High School.
That plaque was displayed in the school, but within a short time was stolen. It has been missing for over 43 years and has never been recovered. True fans of KISS know that the original plaque's rightful place is at Cadillac High School. If you have any knowledge as to the whereabouts of the original plaque encourage the current holder of the plaque to return it (no questions asked). Cadillac High School, 400 Linden Street, Cadillac, MI 49601.
There are very few images of that original plaque. A brief glimpse was included in a video for stop 2 on the Cadillac KISStory Tour. It occurs at the 2:15 mark.
Watch the Video.
On August 11, 2011 the Class of 1976, the KISS Class, presented Cadillac High with a new plaque, thereby righting the wrong that had occurred 36 years ago. The new plaque contains pictures, an original ticket to the homecoming concert, and one of the flyers KISS tossed from the helicopter as they left town. This wonderful new plaque now hangs next to the Cadillac Viking Sports Hall of Fame in the same hall that Gene Simmons led the football team down on the way to the concert.
You can download a copy of the Cadillac News front page story about the plaque presentation by clicking below.