A six-piece KISS-inspired hard rock band from an Aboriginal outstation in Central Australia, is about to share a stage with their idols.
The Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band will support KISS for the rock royalty’s last gig on Australian soil on the Gold Coast on September 10.
Front man and high school student, Alvin Manfong said it was hard to believe.
“It’s our dreams come true. They are my favourite band in the world,” he said.
The band, from the community of Mulga Bore, 240 kilometres from Alice Springs, is busy rehearsing for the 30-minute set of original songs including Big Train and Let Me Rock and Roll as well as three cover songs.
“We’re practising every day. We’re excited to go, this is our first time going [to the Gold Coast],” he said.
KISS in the red dirt
Rebecca McLean is a filmmaker and has been working with the Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band developing a film clip and a documentary.
Ms McLean had the idea to get in touch with KISS in a bid to get them in the music video.
“[We wanted to] get them here in a jet. We looked on the internet and saw that they were actually [touring] here,” she said.
“We all fantasise about the image of the sparkly boots in the red dirt — it’s still a quest.”
Ms McLean used her industry networks to secure a contact for KISS after writing to them in March.
“We didn’t hear anything for months. Thanks to a late-night Facebook friend request the wheels were set in motion,” she said.
“The next day I got an email saying the letter that we had written had got to [KISS].
“[The promoter] said: ‘I think this is a good thing and I think the guys will like this.”
After initial conversations about a potential half-hour set supporting KISS, several weeks passed with no word, before the golden email arrived into Ms McLean’s inbox.
She said they had to keep the news a secret until they could get out to the community.
“We told them. You could’ve heard a pin drop,” she said.
“I think they were in shock. They went quiet.
“Then it just hit them and they’ve been dancing ever since.”
The band still hasn’t given up on the idea of welcoming KISS to Central Australia.
“Thank you KISS for inviting us to your stage. We invite you to our stage, Mulga Bore,” they said.