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KISS« performed at Madison Square Garden, in New York, NY on February 18, 1977. This will be 3 years after KISS had released their debut album. Paul Stanley« had stated, that when they played the Garden, he knew they had finally made it. As the Garden was the pinnacle of rock music, the place where all musicians want to play.
KISS played at Madison Square Garden for the first time on February 18, 1977. Just 3 short years after the release of their Debut album«. The place was sold out, 19,626 fans waiting to see their larger than life hero's on stage. The smoking guitars, the fire breathing, the flying, and the Paul Stanley raps, that they had only heard from their ALIVE« album.
Kiss also tested the Vegas wireless system.
Paul Stanley - I remember driving a taxi, and taking people to see Elvis Presley« at the Garden. I knew that one day, I would play there. An when that day come, I knew we had finally made it. We were on top of the world.
Paul Stanley debuts his Rock and Roll Over outfit!
Though it is not really news, for those that know KISS and their issues with Ace and his tendency to drink a little to much before a show. However, KISS was set to play the biggest stage in the world, Madison Square Garden. And well, Ace Frehley was drunk as a skunk. They had to use Bobby McAdams to fill in for Ace during rehearsals.
Source ReferencesStumbling in the darkness into a Kiss concert, as this well-meaning observer did Friday at Madison Square Garden, might lead on directly to dire meditations on the decline of Western civilization. How else, after all, are we to interpret an entertainment that highlights a bass player spitting 'blood' atop a tower, surrounded by swirls of smoke and bathed in bilios green light, all the while dressed in a black leather and silver costume that makes him look like a diabolical armadillo? And the sight of this apparition evoking a dull, throaty roar of appreciation from the sold-out house, the cries of the multitude overlaid with the treble piping of a large pre-pubescent minority.
New York Times - February 20, 1977 www.kissmonster.com«
Source ReferencesSammy remembers opening for KISS, and this being the first night, and he was not even on the bill, as he was a last minute add.
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Getting booed offstage is a time-honored tradition for opening acts. But on Feb. 18, 1977, Sammy Hagar didn't appreciate it that much. While supporting Kiss at New York's Madison Square Garden, he reacted by smashing his guitar and going the full Jim Morrison. As Hagar recalled in his autobiography, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, his self-titled second album was about to be released when he landed the opening slot for 10 nights on Kiss' Rock and Roll Over tour, beginning at the Garden. But in addition to nobody in the audience being familiar with his work, Hagar wasn't listed on the bill because he got the gig too late. "People started booing before I walked out," he wrote. "I had never played New York except with Montrose. They didn't even know me. I looked out and the whole place was dressed like Kiss. They've all got their makeup on. They were booing and flipping me off."
KISS Concert (Feb 18, 1977)
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