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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 25, 1996)
Many Kiss fans have waited almost two decades to see their favor
ite band in concert again. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the Kiss
army began congregating outside the closed doors of Omaha’s Civic
Auditorium 11 hours before the doors opened at 7 p.m.
More than 1,000 fans, young and old, waited. For some, this would
be their first Kiss show. Others have been to so many shows, they
could not remember the number.
Unknown to fans, Kiss had a sound check at 5 p.m. While Kiss
was playing (without makeup), two people in full makeup dressed as
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley drove by in a white limousine.
“Simmons” popped his head out of the sunroof for a second, stuck out
his tongue and disappeared back into the limo.
“That’s got to be them,” one fan said. “Did you see Paul’s feath
ers? No one else would have feathers.”
Although most fans’ costumes were not as elaborate, they were
just as dedicated to the band.
The doors opened late, but Kiss started on time at 9 p.m. Early
arrivers with spots about five feet from the stage were driven into a
frenzy every time Simmons or Paul Stanley stuck out their tongues or
pointed to the crowd.
: Kiss ended the show with “Rock and Roll All Nite” at 11 p.m. —
not quite aU night, but they’re older now.
Nevertheless, they still gave the 11,000 fans what they wanted —
they brought back memories for some, and made memories for others.
Please see review on page II.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Bassist Gene Simmons raises
the 11,000 fans to their feet Wednesday at Omaha’s Civic
Auditorium. Always the actor, Paul Stanley poses for the
audience. Every move of the band ignites the crowd. Greg
Nelson (left), from Pierre, S.D., and Quentin Nelson, from
Schuyler, both dressed like Gene Simmons, have met each
other at Kiss concerts before. The tongue that started it
all^ Gene Simmons makes his famous face for the crowd.
Photos and essay by Matt Miller
_ _ Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records
HOOTIEAND THE BLOWFISH, whose members are (from left) Jim
Sonefeld, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan, will play at
Omaha’s Civic Auditorium Saturday night.
Hootie to play at Civic Saturday
By Cliff Hicks
Although they’ve won two
Grammys, sold ova: 13 million records
and become one of the most popular
bands in America, Hootie & The Blow
fish say success hasn’t changed them
all that much.
“We’re still just four guys hanging
out,” lead vocalist Darius Rucker said.
On Saturday night, Hootie & The
Blowfish will play at Omaha’s Civic
Auditorium. The band specifically re
quested the city on its tour itinerary.
The last time Hootie & The Blow
fish played in Omaha was 2Yi years ago
when they were opening for Toad The
Wet Sprocket, with whom the band
remains good friends.
“We loved Omaha,” Rucker said.
“It was one of those places that when I
saw it wasn’t on the summer schedule,
I asked why it wasn’t there.”
Rucker said the band thought
Omaha was a bright spot in what he
described as virtually six years of
“We’ve never taken off more than
two or three months off,” Rucker said,
“and that was to do a record.”
The band’s history can be traced
back to the late ’80s, when all four
members of the band were University
of South Carolina students. The group’s
name was derived from the nicknames
of two of Rucker’s friends.
Four members comprise the band:
Rucker, lead vocals, guitar and dobro;
Mark Bryan, guitar, mandolin, piano
and background vocals; Dean Felber,
bass and background vocals; and Jim
“Soni” Sonefeld, drums, percussion,
piano and background vocals.
After three independent releases —
“Hootie & The Blowfish,” “Time” and
“Kootchypop” — the band signed to
Atlantic Records and released
Please see BLOWFISH on 11
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