KISS put on show at sea for fans

The sharks may not have taken the bait but American rock legends KISS still put on a rocking show for a small group of fans off the coast of Eyre Peninsula on Monday afternoon.

The band went ahead with its planned show, which is a part of accommodation company Airbnb's launch of Animal Experiences, despite lead singer Paul Stanley coming down with an illness, which caused the cancellation of the band's Australian dates on their 'End of the Road' tour.

Remaining members Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer left Port Lincoln on a boat in full costume and make-up on Monday morning for the show, with a group of eight fans attending on an Adventure Bay Charters boat.

Adventure Bay Charters owner Matt Waller said all the preparations for the show had gone according to plan.

The band started playing at about 1pm with the complete set taking about half an hour.

About 15 metres away showgoers went underwater in the hope of seeing a shark, which from research have shown preferences for sound waves from heavy metal and rock and roll music.

Mr Waller said unfortunately no sharks were spotted but it was still a "tip top" show.

"It's pretty awesome, you don't get an opportunity like this ever," he said.

Some lucky locals got to meet the band members on Sunday in Port Lincoln, including young Clay Bertram who got a birthday surprise when he got to pose with Simmons for a photo at the Port Lincoln Hotel.

Clay, who celebrated his 10th birthday at the weekend said it was a great surprise.

"It was pretty good, it was really cool," he said.

Clay said his favourite KISS song was 'Rock and Roll All Nite'.

Airbnb's Animal Experiences aims to set a new standard for animal tourism and Mr Waller said the program promoted animal interactions that were good for humans and animals.

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