Chad Smith om fotot på KISS "ALIVE".
Det har länge snackats om att Chad Smith i Red Hot Chili Peppers finns med på bilden. Det gör han inte, men han påstås synas på en outtake från samma tillfälle. Om det stämmer vetefan för killen som pekas ut är inte direkt lik herr Smith.
Hur som haver, nedan berättar Chad om tillfället och bekräftar dessutom att det var en KISS-show och inte Rush, som påståtts genom åren.
Saxat från Modern Drummer:
"MD: What was your first concert?
Chad: Blue Oyster Cult, in 1974, when I was thirteen. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I was going to the concert because Kiss was supposed to open for them. I was a big Kiss fan at this time. Brad used to give me shit, but I was like, “They breathe fire, and the drumkit goes forty feet in the air!” I bought all that—hook, line, and sinker.
My buddy Brian and I were huge, die-hard Kiss fans. So we go to Pine Knob Music Theatre—where years later I rehearsed with this band—but Michael Quatro, Suzie Quatro’s brother, ended up opening up. It wasn’t quite Kiss. But it was my first concert and I dug the whole experience—the coolers, the girls…. It’s 1974 and I’m like, “This is awesome.”
Then Kiss came to Cobo Hall on May 16, 1975, and this was back when you had to write in to the Cobo Hall box office for tickets. Your mom gives you a check and you send it in. So Brad tells me that this friend of ours, Jackie Davidson, who used to go to every show—when he saw that Eric Clapton was coming he wrote this little note with his ticket request: “Please, I would like tenth row, on the aisle.” “Yeah, really? Okay, it’s worth a try.” So I write, “Dear ticket lady, Kiss is my favorite band. Please, if it’s possible, can I have four seats, tenth row, on the aisle?” Two weeks later—twelfth row, on the aisle! How awesome is that?! This was like two months before they were coming, and it felt like an eternity. My mom was like, “Okay, but you have to be really good.” I had to try not to get grounded for two weeks.
So we go to the famous Cobo Hall. And if you look at the back of the Kiss Alive album, there’s these two kids holding a homemade Kiss poster. And me and Brad and Brian and Jackie Davidson were all sitting in the twelfth row, and in the sixteenth row we see Fin Costello taking pictures of those kids. We watched the whole thing. So the album comes out, and that’s the back cover. I’m like, “I was there!” My friends are like, “B.S.!” “No, I swear!” And since then I’ve had people write to me, “I heard you were in the picture at Cobo Hall,” and I’m like, “No, no, I wasn’t in the picture—but I saw it happening….”