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Condoleezza Rice meets rock band Kiss
Yahoo (AP) ^ | 5/30/08 | MATTHEW LEE

Posted on 05/30/2008 5:27:31 AM PDT by The_Victor

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Kiss Army fan club has an enthusiastic new recruit: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In a departure from her normally staid diplomatic duties, Rice met the legendary glam rock quartet when they happened to share a hotel in the Swedish capital. Rice was in Stockholm on Thursday for an international conference on Iraq. Kiss had a sold-out gig to play on Friday.

"I was thrilled," Rice said of her late-night encounter with frontman Gene Simmons and bandmates Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in the executive lounge of the Sheraton Hotel where they signed autographs and handed out backstage passes and T-shirts to her staff.

"It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons," she told reporters, noting they seemed well informed about current events. The band had asked if she could stop by after she finished dinner with the Swedish foreign minister and Rice readily agreed, she said.

Simmons and his crew, who are on a European tour, weren't wearing their trademark stage makeup, but were recognizable as rock stars to even non-fans by their hair, according to State Department officials who were with Rice.

Rice, a classically trained pianist, said she has eclectic musical tastes ranging from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen. Hard stadium rockers like Kiss are included in the mix and Rice said her favorite tune of theirs is "Rock and Roll All Nite."

But, she conceded she had never seen the group in concert.

In fact, although she frequently attends classical music performances, Rice claims to have been to only four rock concerts in her life. The first was in the early 1960s when she went as a 10-year-old to see Paul Revere and the Raiders in her home state of Alabama.

After her family moved to Colorado, Rice went at the age of 16 went on her first date with an Air Force cadet to see Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. She later saw Earth, Wind and Fire in Denver and her last rock and roll show was a U2 concert in Washington, she said.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: condirice; kiss; music; rockandroll
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1 posted on 05/30/2008 5:30:07 AM PDT by The_Victor
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To: The_Victor
legendary glam rock quartet

Poison was glam rock, Kiss was not even close. Is the writer 80 or 20?

2 posted on 05/30/2008 5:31:27 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: RockinRight; Grizzled Bear

For your 80’s and/or Metal Ping Lists!


3 posted on 05/30/2008 5:32:24 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (The Dingo Ate Your Bay-bee!)
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To: normy

What the $^@#$^ is glam rock??


4 posted on 05/30/2008 5:33:41 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter Lifetime ACU Rating: 92 (any combo will do, fellas))
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To: All
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5 posted on 05/30/2008 5:34:03 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (The Dingo Ate Your Bay-bee!)
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To: LIConFem
Glam Rock poster boys:


6 posted on 05/30/2008 5:35:36 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: The_Victor

Oh man! There simply MUST be a picture of this!


7 posted on 05/30/2008 5:36:10 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: LIConFem
Glam rock was what some people called groups like Poison or Whitesnake. Long frizzy styled hair and light girly makeup.
8 posted on 05/30/2008 5:36:34 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Never cared for KISS at all, but my hat’s off to Simmons for a clever book title.


9 posted on 05/30/2008 5:36:40 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: LIConFem

Something buried not quite deep enough in the ash heap of music history.


10 posted on 05/30/2008 5:36:55 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: The_Victor

if anyone has ever seen the Gene Simmons show, there is an episode where he visits San Diego and Ft Pendleton (spelling?) He visits the vets hospital and thanks vets for thier service. He’s down to earth and respects those that protects our freedoms so that his fantasy world is made possible.....in his own words. Much Respect for his respecting those who deserve it!


11 posted on 05/30/2008 5:37:01 AM PDT by SoothSayerONETIME
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
I gotta disagree. Although many of the glam rock bands were one hit wonders, a greatest hit CD of 80’s glam rock would be pretty good. Now grunge needs to be buried deep in hole somewhere.
12 posted on 05/30/2008 5:38:35 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: The_Victor
frontman Gene Simmons and bandmates Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer

WTF? What happened to Ace Frehley and Peter Criss?! Too senile to Rock N' Roll? And since when is Gene the "Frontman?" Paul Stanley has always been the Frontman.

13 posted on 05/30/2008 5:40:12 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Skirting the line between rakishly charming and frighteningly maniacal.)
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To: The_Victor

I was hit in the head by Gene Simmons’ pick at a concert. He threw it in the crowd and right between my eyes. Never forget it.


14 posted on 05/30/2008 5:41:12 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: CholeraJoe

Gene has always been the attention getter.


15 posted on 05/30/2008 5:42:19 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Constitution Day

Indeed! Where’s a pic?!!
My brother in law is a HUGE KISS fan (still) and oddly enough, is a fan of Ms. Rice, too. This would make his day.


16 posted on 05/30/2008 5:42:39 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (I was gruntled before I was disgruntled.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

And the pick is still there, embedded as a badge of honor, right?

Well ISN’T it?!? LOL


17 posted on 05/30/2008 5:43:38 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romania had the Ceausescus, America has the Clintons.)
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To: mkjessup

I gave it to a friend of mine who is a huge KISS fan.


18 posted on 05/30/2008 5:45:13 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: The_Victor
Rice claims to have been to only four rock concerts in her life.

That would be four too many.

19 posted on 05/30/2008 5:51:02 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: The_Victor

The only Condi Rice has accomplished lately.


20 posted on 05/30/2008 5:51:02 AM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
One time at a concert in Singapore (I use to live there), Santana gave me his pick from the stage...right before one of his security people nearly crushed my foot on his way to get some trouble maker out of the audience. I've moved so many times since then, I've lost the pick.

That really has nothing at all to do with this thread...sorry.

21 posted on 05/30/2008 5:51:53 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: The_Victor

When a band wears 8 inch high heels they are “glamrock.” Twisted Sister, Ziggy Stardust, Kiss, Gary Glitter....


22 posted on 05/30/2008 5:53:13 AM PDT by sazerac
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To: SoothSayerONETIME
I have seen that show and think it is good, but funny..Gene Simmons is a very intelligent business man..I had just heard of these guys KISS and never listen to the music they play and probably won't, not my type of music at all..They seem like a very happy family that love one another very much..I did see the military show where Gene went to the base to entertain the troops..He also seems to love America which I admire in anyone these days....
23 posted on 05/30/2008 5:55:22 AM PDT by PLD
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To: PLD

Total agreement.


24 posted on 05/30/2008 5:59:22 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: SoothSayerONETIME
if anyone has ever seen the Gene Simmons show, there is an episode where he visits San Diego and Ft Pendleton (spelling?) He visits the vets hospital and thanks vets for thier service. He’s down to earth and respects those that protects our freedoms so that his fantasy world is made possible.....in his own words. Much Respect for his respecting those who deserve it!

I happened upon that episode by accident--I don't watch the show--and was very moved by it. Gene Simmons was in awe of those vets. Seeing them brought tears to his eyes. You had to see it to believe it, but I have no doubt that he was absolutely 100% sincere about it.
25 posted on 05/30/2008 6:01:31 AM PDT by piperpilot
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Image hosted by Photobucket.com sure its not FAG rock???
26 posted on 05/30/2008 6:07:32 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©® - CTHULHU/SHOGGOTH '08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: piperpilot

Simmons does indeed love America. In his book he talks about his unabashed, unapologetic pride in his country. He was born in Israel and immigrated here at a young age with his mother.

I believe bandmate Paul Stanley’s mother was actually in a concentration camp.


27 posted on 05/30/2008 6:13:45 AM PDT by trublu
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To: LIConFem
What the $^@#$^ is glam rock??

Rockers(sic) who wear more makeup and hairspray than their groupies... (and not in a goth or parody sense either.)

28 posted on 05/30/2008 6:22:39 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: SoothSayerONETIME
I have watched his show and saw that particular episode and it brought tears to my eyes, he was so respectful of our military. He seems to be one rocker that gets it.

I have to say I may disagree with some of the lifestyle choices but he raising some nice kids.

29 posted on 05/30/2008 6:24:47 AM PDT by Kimmers (Taxation with representation ain't much fun either...)
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To: mnehrling

Simmons speaks five languages including Chinese. The man ain’t stupid.


30 posted on 05/30/2008 6:25:44 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SoothSayerONETIME
Mr. Chaim Witz seems to be a pretty cool guy once you get past the hedonism. (but heck, he is a rocker so you gotta forgive that.) He is always doing charity events and has done a lot for the USO and other military organizations.
31 posted on 05/30/2008 6:26:03 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Chode
sure its not FAG rock???

Funny thing is they were getting 'more' on tour than probably everyone on this thread in our lifetimes combined.

32 posted on 05/30/2008 6:28:15 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Kimmers
He seems to be one rocker that gets it.

Here's another:


33 posted on 05/30/2008 6:33:58 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Geez, the second from the left is prettier than I am.

Think I'll stick with '50s, '60s and '70s classic.
34 posted on 05/30/2008 6:36:53 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter Lifetime ACU Rating: 92 (any combo will do, fellas))
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To: Kimmers

I love Gene’s show. He sure does come across as a really nice guy and I agree his kids are normal and adore him.


35 posted on 05/30/2008 6:40:22 AM PDT by surrey
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To: tsmith130

Was Che’s image on the pick?


36 posted on 05/30/2008 6:46:09 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Redbob

Trying to get Sweden ceded to Norway?...


37 posted on 05/30/2008 6:48:30 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...
Rock and Roll PING!


38 posted on 05/30/2008 6:52:40 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
THE poster boy of GLAM:


39 posted on 05/30/2008 6:55:41 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: normy

Nope. Those were hair rockers.


40 posted on 05/30/2008 6:56:11 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: sazerac
Them's fighting words...


41 posted on 05/30/2008 7:00:02 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: The_Victor

Gene Simmons: supporter of Bush and the war.

Proof that even hedonists “get it”.


42 posted on 05/30/2008 7:00:50 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: LIConFem
Geez, the second from the left is prettier than I am. Think I'll stick with '50s, '60s and '70s classic.

Yeah. No tutti-fruttis there...


43 posted on 05/30/2008 7:05:36 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: weegee

LR’s the exception, not the rule.


44 posted on 05/30/2008 7:07:00 AM PDT by LIConFem (Thompson. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter Lifetime ACU Rating: 92 (any combo will do, fellas))
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To: JZelle

45 posted on 05/30/2008 7:07:39 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: weegee
I only went to one Kiss concert back in 79', only because it was a date with a really hot chick (at the time).

Return to Forever is playing in Austin tonight, but I have to miss it...maybe next time if they ever do it again.

46 posted on 05/30/2008 7:07:52 AM PDT by lormand (GOP - the new Populist Party)
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To: LIConFem

There were a lot of gay poster idols that were used to usher out rock and roll in the 1950s. The boys were considered “harmless”.

Strange that homosexuals were considered less of a threat to the morals of this country than Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, and Buddy Holly.


47 posted on 05/30/2008 7:10:06 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: lormand

I wasn’t a Kiss fan growing up. They were so overexposed. And they had wimpy ballads like “Beth” that were considered “acceptable” for things like the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Then there was they hype about the makeup. And fans who tried to pretend that they were “different” from everyone else by wearing the SAME outfits and joining the Kiss Army.

Gotta say that it was good merchandising though. Probably not seen as effectively since the days of the Beatles and Elvis. New Kids On The Block would later hit similar levels of marketed crap. But unlike NKOTB, Kiss memorabillia still sells as does Elvis and Beatles crap (old and new stuff, from cookie jars to ties to posters).


48 posted on 05/30/2008 7:14:08 AM PDT by weegee (We cant keep our homes on 72 at all times & just expect that other countries are going to say OK -BO)
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To: Blogger

Gene clearly was and is the brains of the monumentally successful operation.


49 posted on 05/30/2008 7:24:15 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Guns don't kill people, criminals and the governments that create them do.)
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To: weegee

Although I have always been about the music first, if given the offer and money, I too would put on high heels, wear makeup and strum 3 chords a show.


50 posted on 05/30/2008 7:30:25 AM PDT by lormand (GOP - the new Populist Party)
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