Want a little Kiss?

February 16, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tri-State area rock music fans will have an opportunity to rock 'n' roll Saturday night to the songs of Kiss, though probably not all night long.

Cold Gin, a Kiss tribute band, will perform at The Apollo Civic Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show is being presented by the Apollo and Cool Radio 95.9.

"We've all sort of grown up listening to Kiss. It's a chance to actually be Kiss. The closest we'll ever get anyway," says Cold Gin member Charles Parker.


The tribute band has been together for two years. There was a different Kiss tribute band called Cold Gin in the early nineties on the West Coast. Tommy Thayer, a member of that tribute band, became a member of Kiss.

Parker, of Baltimore, portrays Kiss co-founder and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.

Other band members are Kevin Roberts of Toronto, who plays bass guitarist and Kiss co-founder Gene Simmons; Troy Powell of Las Vegas, who portrays the original drummer Peter Criss; and John Tate of Toronto, who plays original lead guitarist Ace Frehley.

The band will play hits "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City" and "Love Gun" and other Kiss tunes that might be obscure to people who aren't Kiss fans, Parker says.

Cold Gin members will dress up in Kiss costume and makeup. The show will have light and smoke effects but no pyrotechnic show, Parker says.

If you go ...

WHAT: Kiss tribute band Cold Gin

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18

WHERE: The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: Tickets for reserved orchestra seating in the first 12 center rows are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Other reserved seating costs $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the show. There is a $2 processing charge per ticket. For tickets, call the Apollo's box office at 1-304-263-6766.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 south to Exit 13 (King Street) in West Virginia. Turn left onto King Street and go about one mile to Queen Street. (Look for the public library on the right). Turn left onto Queen Street. Go two blocks to Martin Street and turn right. Go one block on Martin Street. The Apollo Civic Theatre is on the right side of the street. Approximate driving time is 25 minutes from Hagerstown.

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