Paul Stanley recalls KISS’ first ever gig in Alaska 44 years ago

Paul Stanley recalls KISS’ first ever gig in Alaska 44 years ago

Today os the 44th year anniversary of KISS‘ first ever gig in Alaska, USA.

The following message was posted on KISS‘s Facebook page earlier today:

“#KISS rocked Alaska for the first time ever!

This day in #KISSTORY – June 2, 1974, KISS‬ played Anchorage, Alaska on their first tour in support of the album, KISS.

The band performed with Savoy Brown at the Sundowner Drive-In Theatre. This was KISS‘ only concert in Alaska until they returned over twenty five years later on January 3, 2000.

Paul recalls the visit to Alaska:

“It was surreal to get to Alaska expecting blizzards and polar bears, only to find that with heaters near our boots all over the stage, we would be playing outside! Every time we went too close to the heaters, our guitars went completely out of tune! It was cold out there!”

Wikipedia states the following in part about Anchorage, Alaska, USA:

“Anchorage is located in Southcentral Alaska. At 61 degrees north, it lies slightly farther north than Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg, but not as far north as Reykjavík or Murmansk. It is northeast of the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and Cook Inlet, due north of the Kenai Peninsula, northwest of Prince William Sound and the Alaska Panhandle, and nearly due south of Denali….

Anchorage has a subarctic climate (the Köppen climate classification is Dfc) but with strong maritime influences that lead to a relatively moderate climate. Most of its precipitation falls in late summer. Average daytime summer temperatures range from approximately 55 to 78 °F (13 to 26 °C); average daytime winter temperatures are about 5 to 30 °F (−15.0 to −1.1 °C).”