It was supposed to be a just another stop on their Eastern Canada tour, but somehow it’s turned into a circus, even for KISS.
The venerable glam rockers will be headlining Bluesfest tomorrow night, sandwiched between gigs in Montreal yesterday and Quebec City Thursday.
The difference between the Quebec shows and the one in Ottawa is that Canadian-born model/actress Shannon Tweed — the common-law spouse of lead singer Gene Simmons and one-time Ottawa resident — is coming along.
Initially, Tweed was planning a private dinner party with friends and maybe some sightseeing.
Then acting mayor Doug Thompson revealed and retracted plans to proclaim July 15 Shannon Tweed Day, which created national, if not international news.
“Basically we’ve got 40 requests from Ottawa alone to do interviews with Shannon,” said Ottawa photographer Paul Couvrette, who is helping to organize the private dinner party.
“Basically it’s a case where we’re trying to fit people in wherever we can.”
With the proclamation abandoned, there are now plans to have town crier Daniel Richer officially welcome Simmons and Tweed to Ottawa.
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