KISS was the “hottest band in the land” in the 1970’s. The newest incarnation of the band has been incredibly successful as well. KISS’ previous arena tour was incredibly successful at the box office. So, it is surprising that KISS is playing a very small and intimate venue in Sioux Falls, SD.
The concert is going to be a lot like the classic 1990’s Unmasked appearance. Kiss is not going to be in makeup, and the band will play acoustic versions of their classic (and new) songs. The event is also reminiscent of the old convention tour the band performed before experiencing a huge career resurgence known as the reunion tour.
The new version of KISS features Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in the role of the “Spaceman” and the “Catman”, characters made famous by original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. At the South Dakota show, Thayer and Carr will be appearing on stage without makeup, a rare occurrence these days. Of course, frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are performing at the show.
The event at Badlands is being dubbed the “Intimate Concert” and, hopefully, an audio or video of the event will be released. The show is definitely slated to be a unique piece of “KISStory” as it marks an extremely rare type of concert for the band these days.
Windquest Group, a holding company, owned by Dick DeVos has begun the process of acquiring Coppercraft Distillery. On 20th January, Liquor Control Commission approved the transfer of the license. This just the first step of acquisition with the approval of sale and site seeing following after. The distillery was opened back in 2013 by Walter Catton III and distil whiskey, gins, vodkas and rum with wine and beer slowly joining in. They are though well known for their aged spirits. When asked about the sale, Catton refused to comment although he stated that he has been looking for an investor who would help expand their distribution network, as well as facilitate the addition of a kitchen for cooking appetizers for cocktails. Currently, distillery distributes to over 100 locations in Michigan with clients like restaurants. They also distribute in Illinois and Colorado.
DeVos is a businessman, philanthropist and an investor from the state of Michigan. Back in 2012, Forbes magazine listed him as the 67th richest man in the US with a net worth of $5.1 billion. He has held various leadership positions like being the president of Amway for nine years after succeeding his father (http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html), president and CEO of Orlando Magic for three years. He initiated Education Freedom Fund that saw over 4000 underprivileged students in Michigan get scholarships. He also ran for gubernatorial office through a Republican seat back in 2006. He has also been involved in various Grand Rapids programs either as chair or co-chair. These included $212 million conventional center and $90 million medical school just to name a few.
DeVos graduated from Northwood University and has won twice the National Championship sailor. He is also a qualified helicopter and jet aircraft pilot.
He’s been married for 35 years to Betsy Prince, and together they have seven children. They also run a family foundation together that gives towards education, community transformation, justice for oppressed, art and support and train leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about their foundations efforts, click here. He is also an author of “Rediscovering American Values” a New York Times best-selling that was published in 1997. He and his wife Betsy are dedicated to creating a better educational system which was part of their reason for founding their aviation high school in West Michigan.
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