Kiss Army

By now, Jim Seda has played Gene Simmons in the Original Kiss Army, the awesomest Kiss tribute band of all time, for approximately 26 years. This is 20 years longer than Seda, 46, has been himself.

The OKA re-creates the classic Kiss lineup, the one with Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, the one you think of when you think of Kiss. It has survived this long because people have a strange and unquenchable appetite for Kiss, for one, and because the Army is good at it, good enough to be sanctioned by Simmons and Co. to play official-type Kiss events, in addition to the band's usual diet of festivals and fairs.<br><br><b>7 p.m. Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre, Interstate Highway 65 at U.S. Highway 30, Merrillville, Ind.; $24; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com</b><Br><br>Read the full <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ott-1028-kiss-army-20111027,0,3502162.story>Kiss Army interview</a>
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By now, Jim Seda has played Gene Simmons in the Original Kiss Army, the awesomest Kiss tribute band of all time, for approximately 26 years. This is 20 years longer than Seda, 46, has been himself. The OKA re-creates the classic Kiss lineup, the one with Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, the one you think of when you think of Kiss. It has survived this long because people have a strange and unquenchable appetite for Kiss, for one, and because the Army is good at it, good enough to be sanctioned by Simmons and Co. to play official-type Kiss events, in addition to the band's usual diet of festivals and fairs.

7 p.m. Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre, Interstate Highway 65 at U.S. Highway 30, Merrillville, Ind.; $24; 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com

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