YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – KISS is coming to the Covelli Centre Friday night and a Springfield woman was able to spend the entire day with the band.
Retired Air Force Tech Sergeant Kathy Gregory was chosen to be a “roadie for the day” as part of the program Hiring Our Heroes, which works to get veterans employment.
She got her hands dirty with the crew, helping them set up for the concert.
“I’m working as a roadie. I’m helping out with sound systems, you know, whatever they need me to do,” Gregory said. “I know there’s going to be a meet-and-greet, I’ll be assisting with that.”
She is excited to see KISS perform.
“When I was 18, I went to my first KISS concert at Herr Arena in Dayton, Ohio. It was unbelievable. I was pretty much in the front row. All I saw was fire, flames and Gene Simmons, of course, with his tongue hanging out.”
For KISS, the affection is mutual. The band is paying Gregory $150 for her help.
“When they walk in every day, they kind of search out the veterans and they go out of their way to say hi,” said KISS ambassador Dean Snowden. “We usually bring them back and get to talk to the guys a little more.”
Being a veteran has made Gregory an even bigger fan.
“I mean, it’s amazing that this rock band cares so much about our country,” she said.
It’s one small thing the band can do to repay veterans for their service.
“The band is so appreciative of the service that all of our veterans give because freedom isn’t free,” Snowden said.
Later on in the concert, KISS will perform a five-minute tribute to veterans and present a check to the military.