Condi’s Kiss: Secretary of State digs Gene Simmons and the band |

Condi’s Kiss: Secretary of State digs Gene Simmons and the band

Matthew Lee, Associated Press Writer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden ” The Kiss Army fan club, which will bring its show to Lake Tahoe Aug. 30, has an enthusiastic new recruit: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice was in the Swedish capital Thursday for an international conference on Iraq. Kiss had a sold-out concert to play Friday.

“I was thrilled,” Rice said of her late-night encounter with Kiss 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 that 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.

Rice, a classically trained pianist, said she has eclectic musical tastes ranging from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen.

Hard rockers such as Kiss are included in the mix, and Rice said her favorite Kiss tune is “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

But, Rice conceded, she has never seen the band in concert.

On Thursday, John Koster, regional president of Harrah’s Northern Nevada operations, informed the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority board of directors that the company signed on Kiss for its annual Harveys Outdoor Concert series. The show will be on Aug. 30 in Stateline.

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