Fairbanks 1974 Reviews



Kiss and Savoy Brown to rock Fairbanks area (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 5/74)
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, the Fairbanks area will receive a taste of the mullimillion dollar Rock Music industry. This happens when Nebula Productions in association with Eielson AFB bring Savoy Brown from London, England and Kiss from New York, into town.

Eielson AFB will have open house for this event. The main attraction of this concert is Savoy Brown, a group which rose from London, England in 1966. The Savoy Brown have just recorded "Boogie Brothers" and began a 17th U.S. tour on March 3, comprised of Kim Simmonds (guitar/vocals), Stan Webb (guitar/vocals), Miller Anderson (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Leverlon (bass), and Eric Dillon (drums). The group began their career as innovators by being the first rock group ever to put out an album without a single release from an album.

Since that time, all rock groups have switched to The Savoy Brown method of solely recording albums. Kiss is the special guest star for this concert. Their music is the hardest of hard rock. Some call it Thunderock. It has been said by many of the top critics, including Rolling Stone Magazine, that this is one of the most exceptional groups to rise out of the U.S. in many years.

Kiss moves on stage with machine-like precision as their music reaches out to capture its audience and make them rise to be a part of the experience. Paul Stanley, rhythm guitarist, screams in the middle of the set: "We're Kiss. Aargh! We want everybody to come along with us, you've got nothing to lose." That statement kind of sums up what Kiss is all about, you rock & roll with them or they'll rock & roll over you.

Under it all is a very tight band made up of Gene Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley on rhythm guitar, Peter Criss on drums, and Ace Frehley on lead guitar. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7 and in advance for $6. They are available at Holn's Music, Wood Center and the Book Bin in the Gavora Mall.

Nothing to lose at Kiss concert (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 5/74)
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, the Fairbanks area will receive a taste of the mulit-million dollar Rock Music industry. This happens when Nebula Productions in association with Eielson AFB bring Savoy Brown from London, England and Kiss from New York, into town. Eielson AFB will have open house for this event.

When you first see KISS, you may be overwhelmed by their incredible theatrics, their wall to wall amps, their six-foot electric KISS sign that looms precariously just above their heads, their chiaroscuro facial makeup, but outdistancing all other considerations is the extraordinary power of their music. It is nothing short of an amazing explosion of sound and substance. As one critic wrote, "It's mood music, if you happen to be in the mood to blow up buildings or wreck cars".

The music is rock and roll; it's loud, but the definition between Gene Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley on rhythm guitar, Peter Criss on drums and Ace Frehley on lead guitar is a perfect example of synergism. It's at once a whole orchestra, while never losing sight that it's rock and roll. Writes a New York critic, "Their music is the most thought-out, controlled sound around, with a stage show that is just as professional. The group looks as if it had just stepped out of the underground movie 'Piuk Flamingos.' "

Visually, KISS is a knock-out. "We're in show business, aren't we," states Simmons as he applies his bizarre makeup. But despite what might well be the most exciting stage presentation from any new band, it's the music that holds KISS together and overtakes an audience, The odds are with KISS, you'll either love them or hate them, but it's certain you'll be knocked off your seal. Their first single says it all--relax, let yourself go -- you've got nothing to lose.

Live Concert (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 5/74)
Nebula Productions, in association with Eielson Air Force Base, is sponsoring a Jive concert featuring two nationally known groups, Kiss and Savoy Brown. The concert will be held at the base, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are being sold in advance at Hoitt's Music, Wood Center, the Book Bin and at the recreation centers on Ft. Wainwright and Eielson. Tickets at the door will be $7. Above, one of the members of Kiss.

Live Concert - Review (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 6/74)
Dear Editor: I am one of the many disappointed persons who attended the Savoy Brown/Kiss concert. Being held on a Tuesday night -- a total of 52 miles down the highway round trip -- spoiled it from the beginning. The changing of the concert time made it almost impossible for working people to attend. Savoy Brown did not even start to play until almost 12:30 a.m. The radio announced that the doors would be opening first at 10 p.m., then at 9:30 p.m., which was false. By the time my sister and I arrived, at 9:15 p.m., the doors were open and all of the good seats had been taken.

The accoustics were horrible, making the sound all distorted and the volume almost unbearable. Anyone who hasever clapped his hands inside a hangar knows how bad just that sound is -- let alone amplified instruments. Many of the people attending the concert were thirsty inside the hot structure only to be told that they could buy pop at one of two places -- at Pete's Place miles down the road, or at the PX where you have to have a military ID.

I am by no means knocking any of the groups -- they are probably fantastic. I just think that it is too bad that poor planning ruined what could easily have been one of the best concerts Fairbanksans have ever heard. Fairbanks has been deprived of good concerts long enough. We are just as deserving of opportunities for quality entertainment as are peoplc living in larger cities.

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