3 Minute Record

"We learned more from a three minute record baby than we ever learned in school..." -from No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen

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Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on St. Louis televison 1979

You never know what you're going to find on the internet. I'm always surprised at what people dig out of the vaults to put up on You Tube. In researching the previous post about the new book by Ace Frehley I stumbled upon some surprising video linking iconic rock band KISS to St. Louis. I found footage of longtime St. Louis television newsmen John Auble and Dick Ford interviewing KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons on the long-running, St. Louis, afternoon, TV series NEWSBEAT, live from the Checkerdome (The Arena as it was called then) during the band's 1979 Dynasty Tour.

John Auble also interviews a family about their young son's fascination with KISS.

In an interesting connection, a childhood friend of mine saw that very concert with his older brother and his dad. We were in our first semester of Kindergarten. When we were growing up he had his concert program with the ticket stub stapled to the cover. We were the kids that took our 8" action figures and made makeshift KISS dolls (complete with cardboard guitars and drums made from baby jars and batteries) to stage concerts in our bedrooms as Alive! and Alive II played on the stereo.

For a special added treat see some grainy 8mm black and white footage of the show at the Kiel Auditorium in 1976.

Ted Leo – Off Broadway 5/8/11 [Live Review for KDHX]

Ted Leo took the stage last night at Off Broadway in a great mood and ready to bring his "A" game after openers, Title Tracks from Washington, D. C. and The Blind Eyes from St. Louis played blistering sets of power pop/punk rock goodness.  Leo played some surprising covers during his set that demonstrated some of his musical tastes and songs that shaped him during his formative years leading to his career in music. The KDHX blog published my review of the show this afternoon. I encourage you to also check out Roy Kasten's review of the gig in the Riverfront Times. A full set list for the show is available in both reviews to see what you missed if you didn't make it out last night.

Here are the covers that Leo decided to play plus one for fun for those of you who were at the show.

Eddie & The Hot Rods - "Do Anything You Wanna Do"

The Flower Of Sweet Strabane (Traditional) - Leo did an a capella version of this traditional Irish song last night. This was the best version I could find online on short notice and that should tell you something.

Much of the stage banter from mid-set on came back to Paul Stanley of Kiss and his famous banter between songs at live shows. Leo chastised the band for essentially writing "Cold Gin," a song about a drink that didn't exist. Leo admitted that he just finally allowed himself to listen to Kiss about 3 years ago. Leo is only a bit older than I am and I can't imagine my childhood without this iconic '70s self-aggrandizing, self-promoting, over-the-top, sellout band. Only Kiss could make me want to head to eBay to try to find someone selling their dolls or lunchbox. Here's a clip from a show recorded at San Francisco's Winterland in 1975.

Kiss - "Cold Gin"