Prior to beginning this review, I must shamefully admit, I have never seen KISS live before. My vinyl collection includes every single album they have produced. My first album as a youth was “Dressed to Kill.” My first interaction with KISS, was on a new television channel, HBO, KISS live in Japan (re broadcasted version 79ish), immediately following that broadcast, my friends, and I would regularly sport the now franchised KISS make up, and perform air band concerts. If your interested, due to my youthful big hair, I of course was always the Starchild, Paul Stanley. Now that I have beyond bored you with trip down my memory lane, on to the task at hand, Kiss Live on Concert.
The sound system boomed, “You wanted the best, you got the best, KISS,” The huge black curtains dropped, fog filled the stage, flash bangs filled the air, the distinctive intro riff to Deuce blared through the PA system, immediately we were off to one of the best shows I have ever experienced.
Kiss presented everything that you would anticipate in a late 70’s, 80’s concert, a massive light show, every song being punctuated with some sort of pyro effect, or a loud explosive report to signify the end of that song. Paul Stanley acting as ringmaster of the Psycho Circus would lead the band into the next song from KISS’ massive catalog of fan favorites, with some sort of historical reference, or crowd hyping cat call.
INTRO: ROCK N ROLL (LED ZEPPELIN)
2 SHOUT IT OUT LOUD
3. LICK IT UP
4. I LOVE IT LOUD
5. LOVE GUN
7. SHOCK ME
8. THAYER GUITAR SOLO
9. FLAMING YOUTH
10. SIMMONS BASS SOLO
11. GOD OF THUNDER
12. SAY YEAH
13. WAR MACHINE
14. PSYCHO CIRCUS
15. BLACK DIAMOND
16. ROCK N ROLL ALL NITE
17. COLD GIN
18. DETROIT ROCK CITY
OUTRO: GOD GAVE ROCK N ROLL TO YOU
No KISS’ concert would be complete if Gene Simmons didn’t breath fire, and breathe fire he did, during Firehouse, he shooting a massive fireball illuminating the crowd, from the fog filled stage.
In my personal opinion every single concert, should always have a guitar solo, bass solo, and a mind blowing drum solo, once again KISS delivered on mark in that department. First up in solos was Tommy Thayer, his guitar solo lead into Flaming Youth, towards the end of his extremely talented solo, his guitar would appear to shoot into the air, with a second explosive report near the top top of the stage. Next up was the Bass Demon himself, Gene Simmons, whose solo lead into God of Thunder, the powerful bass solo would normal incorporate Simmons flying into the rafters, and above the stage, perhaps poor weather conditions, and a smaller venue prevented that. Still overwhelmingly entertaining, Gene Simmons, spewing blood throughout his solo, flicking his legendary long tongue, cathedral like bells echo in the background of his solo, as the stage fills with a thick fog, giving him a even more demon like appearance.
At the sixteenth song of the night, Rock n Roll All Nite Long, KISS’ signature song, the stage erupted in spinning sparklers, mini roman candle type fireworks illuminating the left,and right sides of the stage, Gene, and Paul on risers fifteen feet above the crowd, paper confetti cannons lined the stage, and were strategically placed through out the venue, shooting so much confetti that residents of Canada claimed they thought it was snowing.
At the beginning of the encore songs, Paul Stanley, and the other members of KISS, introduced several area veterans, and welcomed the 107th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard Color Guard to the stage, to join them in saying the Pledge of Allegiance, afterwards the crowd erupted into a USA chant. I, myself, am a veteran of the US Army, and truly appreciate, and applaud the efforts that KISS present in promoting Veterans, and patriotism in United States. The entire concert experience seemed like a wholesome, family event, that seems to have passed so long ago. KISS is one of the few bands that I have ever seen, that have free admission to children under 18. Throughout the parking lot we encountered several families, and individuals some with just their face paint, and others in their full costumes representing the band