TIME TO KISS AND MAKE-UP from the AAP
February 28 2003 - The entire Melbourne Symphony Orchestra donned black and white face paint last night as they made rock history by performing with seventies group Kiss. In a one-off Australian show, the group known as much for their blood-spitting, flame-blowing antics as their musical anthems played alongside the 60-piece orchestra at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne.
It was the first time Kiss had performed with an orchestra, but the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had previously joined with such acts as Elton John, Frank Sinatra and the Three Tenors. The show began with a traditional rock performance by Kiss - with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on guitar - before 10 musicians joined them for an acoustic set. The concert, filmed for a pay-TV special ended with the 60-piece orchestra joining the group on stage in full Kiss make-up.