‘I Believe in Me’: Self-Affirmation in the ‘Kiss Army’
On 18 October 1998, The Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois, site of the Second Annual Freaky Film Festival, hosted a very different sort of cultural event. A local FM radio station, WCKR, sponsored a release party for Psychocircus, the first album of new material by the recently reunited rock band Kiss. The party featured a screening of the band’s unintentionally campy 1978 television film Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, performances by three local hard rock bands and the distribution of a variety of door prizes, including a grand prize trip to Los Angeles to attend the first concert of the forthcoming Kiss world tour. The event was generally well attended, attracting about 150 Kiss fans.
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