Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a new job: Commander in Chief of Rock and Roll. Sort of. Rice was in Stockholm, Sweden yesterday for a conference on Iraq — and KISS just happened to be there to play a sold-out concert. Who knew Condi was a secret member of the KISS Army? Her favorite song might make her the perfect candidate for a 3 a.m. call — she loves "Rock and Roll All Nite."
Her day job comes with perks — Rice got her own late-night encounter with KISS frontman Gene Simmons and bandmates Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in the executive lounge of the Sheraton Hotel. The rockers signed autographs and handed out backstage passes and T-shirts to her staff. Condi's reaction? "I was thrilled! It was really fun to meet Kiss and Gene Simmons." Rice is no stranger to music, she's a classically trained pianist, has claimed eclectic favorites ranging from Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen.
As big a thrill as her KISS run-in was, Rice conceded she has never seen the band in concert. She could fix that this summer when the band plays Lake Tahoe August 30. It might just be "Hotter than Hell."