Recently, legendary rock band, Kiss, stopped their concert to play the National Anthem and to say thank you to veterans.
While performing in Worcester, Massachusetts, on September 3rd for their “Freedom to Rock Tour”, Kiss stopped the show to bring out several veterans. Kiss wanted to extend their respect for veterans in front of their city and the world.
“A lot of times people that are born free, think that freedom is free,” said Kiss lead singer, Paul Stanley. The Hall of Fame rock star went on to say that people pay the price of freedom for us and that they deserve our care. During this moment of recognition, Kiss presented a $150,000 check to “Hiring Our Heroes”, a nationwide movement that that assists veterans and former service members find employment.
This is when the crowd erupted chanting, “USA, USA, USA.”
The mayor of Worcester presented the band with the key to the city as a thank you for the money they’ve raised and for the positive impact they’ve had on the community. Paul Stanley made a point of saying that, “Freedom is always cool. Patriotism is always cool.”
Stanley then went on to lead the Pledge of Allegiance with his hand over his heart while guitarist, Tommy Thayer, played a totally boss version of the National Anthem.
This is following recent actions made by San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the National Anthem at the beginning of a game. Readers can learn more about that here.
Although some may view them simply as a make-up laden rock band, Kiss has long made a point of honoring the armed forces. For their current tour, they hired roadies from the National Guard and Army Reserves in each of the cities in which they stopped. “Freedom to Rock Tour” is not the first time they have done something like this. In 2014, Kiss and Def Leppard explained they had hired veterans as their roadies. This dedication to service men and women is something about which Kiss is open and vocal. According to their website, Gene Simmons and his band support organizations like the USO and various military charities worldwide.