Rice, in Sweden for a conference on Iraq, ended up in a Sheraton hotel where the band Kiss was staying the night before a concert. Negotiations between State Department aides and Kiss’s manager resulted in a rendezvous between the two.
During the gathering, Kiss leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley tried to recruit Rice, a talented classical pianist, to join the band.
“I don’t rock,” she told them.
“I’m sure you can rock,” Simmons replied.