It was October, 1975. KISS had just released their classic Alive! and Cadillac, MI’s high school football team had been using the band’s music in the locker room as motivation. When the music proved to help the team win games, KISS were invited by the town of Cadillac, MI to attend their high school homecoming festivities. Not only did KISS perform at the school’s gymnasium, but the town became the headquarters of the KISS Army for those days. The band was handed the key to the town, while the town’s dignitaries (including mayor Raymond Wagner) proudly wore KISS face paint. It was a moment both the band and town always cherished.
37 years later, a movie about KISS’s visit to Cadillac, MI is being made into a movie. And according to the Detroit Free Press, the film currently titled Cadillac High has received conditional approval for Michigan’s film incentives. The film expects to spend about $27 million in Michigan and would receive slightly more than $8 million in incentives. And though KISS is not actually apart of the project and it’s production, they do reportedly support the film’s concept, with Paul Stanley saying “Anything that can commemorate and encapsulate what happened in Cadillac, Michigan, is worth doing. It will be a cinematic monument.”
While many may ask whether such a film is really necessary, you can also argue that filming Cadillac High makes slightly more sense than another KISS-themed movie we can think of. Producer Lindsay Fellows is said to be meeting with directors at the moment and hopes to start filming in September. A more in depth overview on KISS’ visit to Cadillac, MI can be read at Detroit Free Press, while a documentary on the event (including archive footage) can been above.
[footage via MrKiss1061]