The Band KISS Misspelled Cincinnati and Locals Are Having a Lot of Fun With It
By Garin Pirnia
This summer, after 45-years together, the band KISS decided to hang up the face paint—but not before embarking on one final world tour. On Thursday, August 29, the band's "The End of the Road Tour" landed in Cincinnati, Ohio, home to weird chili and losing sports teams. For years, there's been a running joke that people constantly misspell the city’s name. And now you can add Gene Simmons and company to that list. (Arthur St. Clair, who named the town, would be so disappointed.)
Cincinnati CityBeat reports that at what will likely be their final Cincinnati show ever, which took place at Riverbend Music Center, KISS sold special $50 commemorative concert T-shirts with the city’s name emblazoned on the back over a world map. Everything looks normal except, well, they added an extra "t" and spelled it "Cincinnatti." People on social media were quick to share the glaring error, with many people noting that they weren't sure they'd ever "been to Cincinnatti."
The Twitter account It’s Spelled “Cincinnati” had a field day with the gaffe. In replying to a tweet from KISS who said “You were awesome last night at Riverbend” and attached a photo, the account replied, “Don’t you mean Cincinnatti?”
Also, it turns out that the tweeted photo wasn't taken at Riverbend, so maybe KISS made two mistakes?
CityBeat writer Mike Breen cleverly ended his article with this bit of shade: “Anyway, thanks to Jean Simmons and the rest of the band for a great final show!” (It’s spelled Gene.)
Sometimes, however, one person’s mistake is another person’s gain. The T-shirt misprint inspired one eBay seller to put theirs up for sale for $400. (So far no bids.)
[h/t Cincinnati CityBeat]