Plans for Cadillac High, a feature film based on KISS’ 1975 visit to Cadillac, Michigan are still alive and expected to bring work to the state that helped the band get famous, rocker Gene Simmons told MLive.com.
The Michigan Film Office offered in 2012 film producer Philip Steuer a “conditional” $8.2 million incentive to shoot Cadillac High in Cadillac, Detroit and Pontiac.
It’s unclear why there’s been such a delay, but Simmons sounded eager over the phone Wednesday to see what the finished product will look like.
“It’s now been fully funded and it’s now in pre-production,” Simmons said.
When pressed on the matter, Simmons said he has “no idea” what type of role the band will play in the film, when the movie could be released, and if another visit by the band to Cadillac is possible anytime soon.
“The only date or timeline (for a release) I can give would be a guess,” Simmons said.
KISS is currently on tour this summer with Def Leppard and will make an August 23rd stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston.
“Our dance card is so full,” Simmons said. “We’re currently in the middle of the tour — the first half of it — and then we’ll take a break in September.
Then we’ll do a short stint in Las Vegas; then a KISS cruise; then we’ll fly to Mexico City to play a stadium down there; plans for a South American stadium tour, and just go around the world twice for two years.”
Cadillac High is expected to emphasize the impact KISS made on the Cadillac High School Vikings varsity football team and the town as a whole.
In 1974, the Vikings, playing KISS albums in the locker room before and after games, won seven straight games and wound up conference co-champs.
Word spread to KISS of the team’s success, and the band’s members decided to visit Cadillac the next year for a raucous Homecoming weekend.
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For more on KISS’ 1975 visit to Cadillac, check out the YouTube video below: