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KISS Hire American War Veteran As Roadie for Current Tour

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On the eve of KISS‘ national tour with Mötley Crüe, the legendary iconic rock band honored the U.S. military with an intimate concert at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia.

On July 19, KISS, longtime supporters of the military, put on their infamous rock show for 1,600 service men and women. Presenting sponsor Boomer Magazine, Virginia’s source of entertainment for baby boomers, coordinated the free ticket distribution through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various military agencies. Veterans attending will receive a special commemorative KISS t-shirt.

KISS also teamed up with Hiring Our Heroes, a campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and supported by NBC News that aims to get veterans back into the workforce. KISS has hired a military veteran to be a roadie for their upcoming national tour. KISS co-founder Gene Simmons said that hiring veterans “is the most important thing that we can do.” The band held an open call and after receiving over 1,900 applications for the job, Paul Jordan, an army serviceman from Buford, Georgia was chosen. Jordan, who has devoted over 20 years to the military serving three voluntary tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a life-long KISS fan and member of the KISS army who sports a tattoo of Gene Simmons on his chest. Jordan reports for his new job as roadie, with his first full show on July 19.

Following KISS’s lead, Boomer Magazine held an online contest to support Hiring Our Heroes and hired a veteran to conduct an interview with KISS. Robert Crespo, an Army serviceman, was chosen. Crespo served in Iraq’s combat zone and listened to KISS ALIVE Symphony often while in the desert. “KISS was the motivation to keep going,” Crespo explains. Crespo’s interview with his idols, KISS, will be featured in the August issue of Boomer Magazine and video footage will be available at Boomer Mag’s Facebook page.

On October 16, KISS will release their 20th studio album, Monster, through the Universal Music Enterprises.

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KISS/Mötley Crüe tour dates:

Jul. 20 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Jul. 21 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jul. 22 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
Jul. 24 – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul. 25 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
Jul. 27 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Jul. 28 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater – Tampa, FL
Jul. 31 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – Pelham, AL
Aug. 03 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Woodlands, TX
Aug. 04 – Gexa Energy Paviliion – Dallas, TX
Aug. 07 – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 08 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO
Aug. 10 – Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 11 – Mandalay Bay Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 12 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA
Aug. 14 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
Aug. 16 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, MA
Aug. 18 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
Aug. 19 – Sleep Country Amphitheater – Ridgefield, CT
Aug. 24 – Rock Jam – Grand Junction, CO
Aug. 26 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
Aug. 27 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 29 – Minnesota State Fair – Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 31 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Sep. 01 – Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Sep. 02 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 04 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Sep. 05 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Sep. 07 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
Sep. 08 – Alpine Valley Music Theater – East Troy, MI
Sep. 11 – Allegan County Fair – Allegan, MI
Sep. 12 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 13 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Sep. 15 – Darien Lake PAC – Darien Lake, NY
Sep. 16 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Sep. 18 – Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
Sep. 19 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Sep. 21 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Sep. 22 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
Sep. 23 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT

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