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The Demon That Devoured Cleveland

July 13, 2012


(NOTE: Click on images to enlarge!)

One day back in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio KISS’ Gene Simmons arrived in town for a day promoting his new solo album. Each of the four KISS members, Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss, released solo LPs simultaneously on the Casablanca Records label. When Simmons left town at the end of the day, all of northeast Ohio knew he was there!


Accompanied by Casablanca Records’ Gary Bird and a photographer/reporter from not Rolling Stone (Are you crazy?), not Creem, not Circus, but 16 Magazine, the ‘entourage’ spent time with Simmons at the WMMS radio studios, among other destinations & activities. Simmons took calls from listeners and talked about his new solo album. He ‘Guest DJed’ and had listeners in the palm of his hand (I remember tuning in that day thanks to WMMS’ hyping it ahead of time).

Simmons kept busy that day in Cleveland. Interviewed by the famed Jane Scott of The Plain Dealer, various other local media types, and also shadowed that day by WMMS’ Denny Sanders. Sanders was taping a segment on Simmons for WEWS’ Afternoon Exchange television program.

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

Gene Simmons on the Afternoon Exchange show. 1978

A clip of the Afternoon Exchange segment is available online. The interview with Simmons took place at Cosmic Comics, a leading comic book store in
Cleveland in the 70’s & 80’s that was owned by Marvel & DC Comics writer and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella. Cosmic Comics was in downtown
Cleveland located at the Colonial Arcade.

Since I don’t post videos on Bangagong! you can watch it by clicking HERE to watch the 1978 WEWS clip of Gene Simmons in Cleveland.

Seen here is the two page spread that appeared in 16 Magazine from that day in Cleveland. 16 Magazine was an enormous success with young teens and
pre-teens during the 60’s & 70’s with Gloria Stavers at the helm, a fireball of a businesswoman and a media whiz. 

  

 

(c)2012 Doc Lehman/Bangagong!

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