Taking Dawn were the support band and they play a good set of Skid Row style hard rock and even threw in a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain.
The last time I saw Kiss was about 1996 on their farewell tour. 14 years and some albums later and they are still doing well. They didn’t quite fill out Sheffield Arena but the question is would they have ever done here in the UK, even in their most popular years.
One thing I know is that their new album Sonic Boom is actually quite good. Sure Kiss could be considered to be an American equivalent of some of our UK 70s glam bands but the things about those bands is that even if some songs are simple they still have the entertainment factor. Stright from the stage to your brain, no tricks. But then while just the songs would keep e happy at a gig Kiss always try to add a bit extra to their 2 hours by having a great deal of pyros (bring your own bread to toast on the flamey flames).
Dressed head to toe in their classic costumes the guys showed they had the energy to bound around the stage on their platform boots and occasionally do things which guys their age don’t make a habit out of.
New guitarist Tommy Thayer shot bits of the lighting rig off with fireworks from his guitar while long serving drummer Eric Singer used a bazooka instead. Both also enjoyed their bits of the stage lifting up a further 10 feet as smoke billowed out beneath their raised platforms.
Just before I Love It Loud the fire breathing demon Gene Simmons spat blood out and with it dripping off his prehensile tongue and down his chin he flew to the stop of the stage to sing his song.
Arguably the best vocalist in the group is Paul Stanley who during their disco style song I Was Made For Lovin' You held onto a rope and flew over the crowd to a rotating platform near the back of the arena.
The camp glam voice of Paul and more darkly sinister one of Gene compliment each other well and make for an interesting show well worth the money and time. A classic band that’s a pleasure to watch.
Modern Day Delilah
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Crazy Crazy Nights
Calling Dr. Love
I'm An Animal
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
Lick It Up
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Lovin' You
God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II
Rock And Roll All Nite