In October of 1975, Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan made Rock ‘n’ Roll history when KISS played at their homecoming.
How It All Started
In 1973 the Cadillac High School Vikings football team finished undefeated with a perfect 9-0 record. Spirits were soaring as the 1974 season began, but the Vikings lost the first two games of the season. We coaches knew that the team was talented, but we also knew that the pressure of living up to the accomplishments of the previous year were causing the team to play below their abilities. We were looking for something to lighten the atmosphere and playing Rock and Roll in the locker room before practices and games was suggested. As the resident Rock and Roll expert, head coach Dave Brines gave me the task of picking the music. I chose a new and outrageous band — KISS. They were wild, bold, and loud. Plus, their name invoked an old football credo — Keep It Simple Stupid. It was a match that was meant to be. The 1974 team won its final seven games with KISS as an inspiration. The band heard about what we were doing and instantly adopted the Vikings as their team. Then in October of 1975 the unbelievable happened, KISS came to Cadillac High School and played a homecoming concert in the high school gym. It’s an event that has become a cornerstone of KISStory and a legendary event in Rock and Roll. The story has persevered throughout the years. For more history please visit Jim Neff’s Cadillac KISStory – it includes photos, documents, videos, articles, unique features, and current news about the KISS visit and everything since!
40 Years Later…
In October of 2015, Cadillac hosted the KISS Cadillac Homecoming 40th Anniversary Celebration. Dedicated that weekend in Cadillac, it stands alone as the only KISS Monument in the world. Over 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide, 5000 pounds, and laser-etched midnight black granite. Positioned between Lake Cadillac and the Cadillac Viking Football field, it’s a permanent touchstone for KISS fans everywhere!