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Kiss Brings Cobo Concert To The Big Screen

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Few bands not from Detroit have enjoyed the kind of love affair that Kiss has with the Motor City — or, as the band coined it, “Detroit Rock City.”

“It was the first city that really took us in, and that helped put us on the map,” notes frontman Paul Stanley. “We didn’t write a song called ‘Cleveland Rock City,’ y’know?”

The relationship is celebrated again Thursday night with the unveiling of “Kiss Alive! On the Big Screen,” a one-night-only showing that features footage from the group’s Jan. 26, 1976, concert at Cobo Arena (where Kiss recorded its landmark 1975 “Alive!” album) and a documentary about the band’s visit to Kiss Day in Cadillac the year before. The material is featured on the upcoming “Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977,” a two-DVD collection that hits stores Tuesday.

“Kiss Alive! On the Big Screen” will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday at two theaters in the Detroit metro area — the Livonia 20, 19500 Haggerty Road, and the Regal Commerce Township Stadium 14, 3033 Spring vale Drive, Walled Lake. Tickets are $10 and available at the box offices or at www.bigscreenconcerts.com.

The DVD isn’t Kiss’ only release celebrating its relationship with Detroit. A box set, “Kiss Alive! 1975-2000,” comes out Nov. 21 featuring the band’s three live albums — “Alive!,” 1977’s “Alive II” and 1993’s “Alive III,” which was partially recorded at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The set also includes a previously unreleased millennium New Year’s Eve show from Van couver, which was originally planned to be called “Alive IV” but was passed over in favor of a 2003 performance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

Stanley, meanwhile, released a solo album, “Live to Win,” his first in 28 years, on Tuesday. He comes to town Nov. 5 at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens. Tickets are $36 in advance, $41 day of show. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.

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