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Lexington rock band to open for KISS

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

For the four members of SUPERUNKNOWN, the band has always been more of a hobby than a profession.

Eastern Kentucky native and UK graduate Todd Stricklin is a stock-broker by day, but plays the guitar by night.

"I've been playing guitar all my life," said Stricklin.

Vocalist Ronnie Rodriguez works in construction.

"I've been doing music, 20 years," said Rodriguez.

Kyle Baker manages retail in Lexington. His true talent lies with playing drums.

Bassist and Lexington native James Greenlee is a network engineering consultant.

But they all agree music is their passion.

"It's what I do, it's what I eat, it's what I breathe," said Rodriguez.

And on Friday they will be performing in front of thousands in Cincinnati, opening for a band they've all idolized since childhood - KISS.

"It's huge I mean KISS was one of my favorite bands growing up," said Baker.

The Lexington rock band, which formed in 2006, beat out around 1,300 other bands in a recent regional competition. They were chosen by fans and the KISS legends themselves.

"When we got the call it was pretty amazing really, it was a good feeling," said Greenlee.

Although they've already opened for bands like Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and Papa Roach, they see this as a huge opportunity.

"This is a really fun hobby and it's great to have it pay off," said Stricklin.

Whether this launches them into a career in music, remains to be seen.

"Hoping this will be our year," said Rodriguez.

"Whether or not something works out for us on a big scale, we'll probably always be playing," said Greenlee.

Friday's concert will be held at Riverbend in Cincinnati, as part of the KISS "Hottest Show on Earth" tour.

To hear more music by SUPERUNKNOWN, visit their webpage at www.myspace.com/superunknownmusic .

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