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Kiss’ Gene Simmons to Sing National Anthem Before Oakland Raiders 2012 Football Season Opener

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A fully made-up Gene Simmons would look right at home in the Oakland Raiders “black hole,” but come Monday (Sept. 10), the Kiss bassist will be out on the field singing the National Anthem instead.

Simmons appearance is part of the pre-game festivities before the season opening game with the San Diego Chargers. Rapper Ice Cube is also getting part of the pre-game spotlight, playing his own anthem he wrote for the Raiders as part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems promotion. If that’s not enough to get you out to the game early, it should be noted that those who turn up at least an hour prior to the game will be entered to win field passes, locker room tours, and autographed memorabilia from Raider legends and current players. Check out the team website for further details on the “Early In and You May Win” program.

In other Kiss news, the band just announced that their ‘Monster‘ album has been pushed up a week. The disc, which had been scheduled for Oct. 16, will now arrive Oct. 9. Fans have spent the summer taking in the lead single ‘Hell Or Hallelujah.’

Also, Kiss’ charitable efforts have expanded beyond just the four members themselves. Each year, the group’s touring crew chooses a charity to support and this year, in conjunction with Hire a Hero, they’re supporting the Operation Resilient Warrior organization.

The non-profit outfit gives support for U.S. troops, both those currently on the line as well as those at home. Operation Resilient Warrior provides care packages and assists soldiers and their families in the transition from active duty to civilian life through counseling, education, scholarships and substance abuse programs.

So far, the road crew has raised $5000, with three weeks remaining on the band’s tour with Motley Crue. In addition, Kiss’ vendors have sent Operational Resilient Warrior an additional $26,750. The crew are challenging fans to step up as well, and suggest making donations at the Operation Resilient Warrior website.

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