Paul Stanley of Kiss Wears Kobe Bryant Jersey While Performing at Staples Center in LA

Busayo Ogunjimi
Mar 08, 2020
01:40 A.M.
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During KISS' performance at the Staples Center, the group's frontman, Paul Stanley honored Kobe Bryant and those who died in the plane crash by wearing Jersey 24 and dedicating the show to them.


Ever since the tragic incident that took the life of Kobe Bryant and eight other people, including his daughter, tributes have been made to the former Lakers star and others who were involved in the accident.

Following their recently sold-out concerts, popular rock and roll group "KISS" performed at the Staples Center, where Kobe's memorial service was held. In the same trend, "KISS" also honored Kobe and those who lost their lives.

Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant watch during day 2 of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships on July 26, 2018 in California | Photo: Getty Images



Midway through their performance, lead singer and frontman of the group Paul Stanley took a moment to honor Kobe and those who had died. He said:

"None of us would be here if this place wasn't really like a memorial to somebody who was so much more than a basketball player, somebody who's been a role model."

The crowd became ecstatic and cheered on as Paul took off his leather jacket and wore Kobe's jersey with the number 24 on it. While this was going on, purple, yellow, and black balloons were dropped from the rafters, which the audience bounced around in the air.



In honor of those who died in the crash, Paul went on to give an electrifying performance of the song "Do You Love Me?" from their album, "Destroyer." While the song was ongoing, people in the audience could be heard chanting Kobe's name.

What made the performance all the more magical was when the balloons were being pushed around, and the numbers 2, 8, and 24 were displayed on the screen as the group performed the hit song.



This is not the first time Paul would be paying tribute to Kobe. When news of the accident broke out, Paul took to Twitter to share a picture of himself and Kobe, where he sent his condolences to the wife and children. He said,

"WOW! Kobe. Such A Shock. My Condolences To His Wife And Children. Very, very sad. #KobeBryant."

Following this, fans of KISS expressed that their respect for the group has increased dramatically. Fans also stated how wonderful it was for the group to honor Kobe and those who died by dedicating their show to them.



The concert which the group pulled together was a wonderful one as most people described it as being out of the world and fascinating.

KISS, who never fails to add quite the drama and stage design to their performances, did so with this concert at Staples Center.

The group who have been together for more than four decades have been able to sell out large centers and are a movement for the wild rock and roll symbol known today.

It is fascinating to see the group do something as honorable as this for those who lost their lives. This proves that the faith and love humanity has for Kobe, is not only limited to the basketball world.