In October 1975, Kiss visited a small northern Michigan town where the high school football team had credited the rock band's music for its success on the field the previous year.
Now residents in Cadillac are giving something back to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers known for wearing makeup that masks its members' faces: a black granite monument celebrating the 40th anniversary of the visit.
The monument was unveiled Saturday, although members of the band weren't able to attend. A tribute band performed some Kiss hits as part of the event. The monument reads in part: "The renowned bond between Cadillac and Kiss endures to this day."
It also says the event on Oct. 9, 1975, "attained worldwide acclaim as one of the most iconic stories in rock and roll lore." "On that day, Kiss came to Cadillac, and a legend was created," the monument says. Kiss rode in the homecoming parade and performed in the school gym. The group ultimately departed Cadillac from the football field in a helicopter, showering fans with hundreds of "Kiss Loves You" cards.
White House will be alive with music
Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson and Trombone Shorty are among the performing artists who will help celebrate the arts at the White House on Wednesday. They will be joined by Usher, James Taylor, Audra McDonald and others for a PBS special hosted by President Obama and his wife, Michelle. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of legislation that created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Carol Burnett is scheduled to perform special readings. The latest installment of the "In Performance at the White House" series is set for broadcast in January on PBS.
under review: The University of Pittsburgh committee that awards honorary degrees will consider whether to rescind one given to Bill Cosby in 2002. The matter is on the agenda for the group of faculty members that meets once a semester. Cosby, 78, faces numerous accusations of sexual misconduct by dozens of women who have come forward over the past year. He has never faced criminal charges over the allegations.
home sweet home: Dick Van Dyke is taking steps to save his Illinois childhood home, which was slated for demolition. News stories about the threat to the two-story home in Danville reached the 89-year-old actor during the summer. He announced over the weekend that the house will be restored as headquarters for a new foundation to provide scholarships to accomplished young performers.