Oct 17, 2009

KISS concert review

Paul Stanley
I took this with my cell phone camera when Paul Stanley performed "Love Gun" from the center island stage.

I am still in awe from last night's KISS Alive 35 concert at the Hampton Coliseum. KISS calls their band THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE LAND and after last night, I know why they call themselves so! This band definitely deserves the title!!! For guys who have been rocking as many years as they have, they perform like it's the show of a lifetime and with the energy of ageless rockers. It was two solid hours of KISS music from the past through the present. Visually you experience lots of amazing pyrotechnics (even a light fixture that Tommy Thayer accidentally shot down with his "explosive" shooting guitar solo drove the crowd wild). Physically, you feel your feet vibrating from the awesome drum solo that kept the floors pounding throughout the arena. And yes, you get to see how just long Gene Simmons's tongue really is! With his axe-shaped bass guitar he also made his fans go wild with his blood-spitting act.

The concert stage included various performance platforms that elevated or rotated during the show, wires that carried Gene Simmons up to a ceiling high platform, another wire that Paul Stanley used to be lifted to a rotating stage in the center of the arena (so he could get "closer" to the fans), and a drum stage that kept changing height during the night. Oh yeah, there were also multiple high-definition screens behind the stage and to each side of the stage, enabling you to experience the show from all angles no matter where you sat.

In all the years I've listened to KISS, I have never dreamed I'd see a show like this. It was awesome!!! So if you have a chance to see KISS at a venue close to you, don't miss it! The whole band is dedicated to giving you your money's worth at the show.

And while I said a lot about KISS, I must mention that BuckCherry (who opened the show for them) played for an entire hour before the intermission. The band jumped around on stage like exhaustion was an impossibility. A little touching moment was when Josh Todd dedicated a song to his teenage daughter. Yes together, they made it three solid hours of high energy rock music. It was a night I can't stop dreaming about...

(Hey, someone at the same show got a video up on YouTube! Even if I could've brought my own camera, I was too busy enjoying the music, singing along and dancing, to have been able to film anything. But here's one I found I thought I'd share!)

This one's much better. It's from the Official Kiss YouTube page:

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