KISS has staged one of the great comebacks in rock history. A few years ago the band seemed headed for the oldies circuit, but shrewd marketing, energetic music and a huge following have turned KISS once more into one of the dominant acts in music. KISS hasn't changed much. The guys still looked dressed for Halloween and supply plenty of smoke bombs and stage fireworks. It's a wild show, and that's what fans can expect when KISS plays Sunday at 8 p.m. in Marine Midland Arena.
SCENE'S BIG FIVE
1. World's Largest Disco: Saturday at 9 p.m. in the Buffalo Convention Center. It's the annual charity blowout and trip back to the '70s. This year's guests include Greg Brady himself, Barry Williams; the hockey-playing Hanson Brothers, Erin Murphy of "Bewitched," Ted Lange from "The Love Boat" and the Village Guys.
2. Junction West: Tonight at 8 in the Tralf, 622 Main St. Junction West brings its Buffalo Music Hall of Fame "blue-eyed soul" sound to the Tralf. Switch plays Beatles songs and other music Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Tralf.
3. Paul Geremia, John Herald: Tonight at 8 in the Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St. Guitarists Geremia and Herald play blues and jazz numbers.
4. Varnaline: Thursday at 9 p.m. in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Varnaline combines folk and rock for a contemporary sound.
5. Johny Vegas: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Vegas is one of Buffalo's favorite rock acts, and the boys return to party at Nietzsche's. The Steam Donkeys perform there tonight at 11.
BIG BEAT STORY OF THE WEEK
The big bucks keep rolling in for concert acts at Marine Midland Arena. Billy Joel's concert at the arena earlier this month drew a sellout crowd of 16,439 fans and grossed $649,341, according to Billboard magazine. Another big house is expected on Dec. 15 when hot and sexy country singer Shania Twain plays the arena.
AROUND AND ABOUT
The opening of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame last week was a highlight in recent local-music history. The hall's opening, along with the all-star concert at the Tralf, and hall inductions made it a memorable evening. Kudos to Rick and Marsha Falkowski, Van Taylor and all the artists who made it possible. . . . The Goo Goo Dolls are becoming known as an opening act. The Buffalo band will open for the Rolling Stones next year on part of the Stones' arena tour. There are also rumors that the Goos may open for KISS on a future tour. . . . Animal Planet plays rock and R & B sounds Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 320 Pearl St. . . . Top 10, Nov. 27, 1992: "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men.
Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has had it with his old band. "I left the Stones because their music really annoyed me," Wyman said. "So why should I listen to to their music?" . . . The Ghoul wonders: "How come Alanis Morissette is naked in her new video?" Don't know, Ghoul. . . . Redheaded Stepchild plays original music tonight at 11 in Mohawk Place. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "So it's like, whatever"? Was it Albert Camus, Marilyn Manson or Monica Lewinsky? Answer: Miss Monica. . . . The Coupe De Villes play the blues tonight at 10 in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . Top 10, Nov. 27, 1977: "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave.
Looks like rockers Billy Corgan and Courtney Love are ticked at each other. Corgan reportedly has been upset with Love because she failed to give him enough credit for working on her current album with the band Hole. . . . Rap producer D-Dot, Derek Angellettie, reportedly is being hunted by police for beating up the editor of a leading hip-hop magazine. D-Dot was ticked about an article in Blaze, and reportedly went after Editor in Chief Jesse Washington, police said. . . . Girlpope plays punk and pop Saturday at 11 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . The Baldwin Band plays the blues Sunday at 9 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . Top 10, Nov. 27, 1962: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by the Four Seasons. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Sly and the Family Stone: "I want to thank you for lettin' me be myself again."