Friday, June 26, 2009


By ANDREA HOUSTON/Examiner Staff Writer

Mayor Paul Ayotte is shouting out loud that he supports Peterborough’s bid for the KISS concert.

“I think this concert will bring a lot of people to the city,” Ayotte said outside city hall yesterday. “I’m sure there are KISS fans from all over the region who will travel to Peterborough for the concert.”

Superfan Darryl Andrews, 38, who has been a loyal KISS fan since he was seven, printed off “bring KISS to Peterborough” cards to collect people’s email addresses.

“If they don’t want to vote online I’ll do it for them,” said

Andrews, who was dressed in a full Paul Stanley costume, complete with a black star painted over his right eye.

“You don’t have to be a KISS fan to bring them to Peterborough.”

The online petition can be found on KISS's website. The deadline for the contest is Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Peterborough currently sits in sixth position, right behind Calgary.

Oshawa, Winnipeg and Sault Ste Marie hold the top three spots.

There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition with Oshawa, Ayotte said.

“I think we always compete with Oshawa,” he said. “So it would be nice to beat them to the KISS concert.”

If Peterborough is selected as one of the winning cities, KISS will bring their make-up and arena rock show spectacular for a one-night-only concert at some point in the fall.