Friday, August 20, 2010

Concert Review: Kiss Brings The Hottest Show On Earth To The Sun

In this day in age, there are not many things that are worth the money. Sometimes at music concerts, you feel ripped off because the band you came to see didn’t play your favorite song or they only performed for an hour. However, at the Kiss show on Thursday night, the sold-out Mohegan Sun arena sure got their money’s worth and more.

Kiss tried to shove as much as they could into two and a half hours and believe me, there wasn’t much room for anything else. Kiss performed many of their classic songs, “Cold Gin,” “Deuce,” “Black Diamond” to the delight of long-time fans. They began the evening with the first single, “Modern Day Delilah” from their latest album “Sonic Boom,” which as Paul Stanley stated is “sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.” (The band is never one to shy away from promoting their merchandise)

In between the classics and new songs there was a visual spectacle to behold. Gene Simmons, the demon, breathed fire at the close of the song “Firehouse” as well as spit a mouthful of fake blood. He was hoisted to a platform above the lights to perform the 1982 song “I Love It Loud.” Gene was not alone in this grand theatrical event. Guitarist Tommy Thayer shot fireworks from his guitar during the solo of “Shock Me.” Drummer Eric Singer, whose drum set is already positioned ten feet above the stage, got raised another thirty feet in the air to perform his drum solo.

Lead singer Paul Stanley is one of the last perfect front men in music. He had the audience clapping and singing along all night. His time came during the encore when he flew on a zip line out over the audience to the back of the arena to perform “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.” A fireworks display along with a showering of confetti during Kiss’ most popular song “Rock And Roll All Nite”, capped off an evening that kept the Kiss Army on their feet the entire time.

The night’s musical festivities began with the hard-hitting trio Tester. They were followed by the alternative rock sounds of The Envy. The Academy Is… put on a 40 minute performance that got the audience ready for another ultimate Kiss experience.

Setlist:
Modern Day Delilah
Cold Gin
Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll
Firehouse
Say Yeah
Deuce
Crazy Crazy Nights
Calling Dr. Love
Shock Me
I'm An Animal
100,000 Years
I Love It Loud
Love Gun
Black Diamond (Whole Lotta Love intro)
Detroit Rock City
encore:
Beth
Lick It Up (Won't Get Fooled Again solo)
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Lovin' You
God Gave Rock And Roll To You
Rock And Roll All Nite

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