KISS Rockstars Over-The-Top Maverick Helicopter Arrival To Hard Rock

Legendary KISS rock band arrived with an over-the-top Maverick Helicopters rockstar entrance outside of Hard Rock Las Vegas to launch their KISS Rocks Vegas nine-show residency at The Joint on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

KISS Arrives By Maverick Helicopter To Hard Rock Las Vegas

KISS On Maverick Helicopter At Hard Rock
KISS Arrives By Over-the-top Maverick Helicopter
Entrance To The Hard Rock Las Vegas

Band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer were welcomed by more than 1,000 screaming, costumed and face-painted fans as they cheered in excitement for the epic aerial arrival.

KISS Pos With Maverick Helicopter At Hard Rock Las Vegas
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While outside, KISS posed alongside the helicopter for photos with Hard Rock Hotel’s Chief Operating Officer Jody Lake and Vice President of Entertainment Chas Smith; AEG Live Las Vegas’ Vice President John Nelson and Vice President of Booking Bobby Reynolds; the “Roadie for a Week” winners Master Sergeant Jason Borkuis of Nellis Air Force Base, Sergeant First Class Cory DeMille of the U.S. Army Reserve and Technical Sergeant Richard Reichert of Nellis Air Force Base; and the combat-wounded hero recipient of the newly-renovated, mortgage-free home John Hosea and his wife Sarah.

KISS At Hard Rock and AEG Executives
KISS, Hard Rock COO + VP of Entertainment
AEG Live Las Vegas and ‘Roadie For A Week’ Winners
KISS Band And Military
KISS And ‘Roadie For A Week’ Winners

The band then headed inside the music venue to kick off their sold-out show.

“Vegas! You wanted the best, now you’ve got the best,” yelled Stanley as he, Simmons, Singer and Thayer hit the stage. Concertgoers screamed in amazement as the foursome rocked out an amazing set list including fan favorites “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun” and “Lick It Up.” In true KISS fashion, the band’s production was unlike anything The Joint has seen before.

The setup featured large LED screens spread across the ceiling and down to the floor, crazy pyrotechnics, lasers and more. The crowd was amazed as Simmons breathed fire and spewed blood from his mouth, Stanley flew across the venue and performed on hanging, balcony-side platforms, and Thayer shot out fireworks from his guitar.

Before starting the encore, KISS furthered their commitment to helping veterans by coming back on stage with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Military Warriors Support Foundation and Chase Bank to present retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Hosea and his wife Sarah a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home in Las Vegas.

Hosea is a combat-wounded hero who enlisted in the military in 2001 and has received many awards including the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, five Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and more. The band and crowd honored him by saying “The Pledge of Allegiance” and broke out into a “USA” chant.

KISS – Rock And Roll All Night – Youtube

KISS ended the show with their biggest hit “Rock And Roll All Nite” as confetti poured over elated fans and filled the 4,500-person venue. Photo credit: Erik Kabik/

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