Last Night: KISS at the Honda Center
Better Than: watching Gene Simmons on his show Family Jewels
of Ace Frehley with Tommy Thayer. These concerns quickly subsided after
watching an electrifying rendition of "Shock Me" with Tommy handling
the vocals and guitar riff effortlessly. Long before Will Ferrell asked
for more cowbell, "Calling Dr. Love" was answering the call with its
heavy cowbell intro.
expected was to hear Paul Stanley tell everyone to "get their butts to
Walmart" to purchase their new album Sonic Boom, prior to introducing
their new song "Modern Day Delilah." I wonder when is the last time any
member of KISS has stepped into a Walmart? Regardless, I thoroughly
enjoyed watching the different colors of flames explode, punctuating
song that had some levity when Gene Simmons used his trademark tongue
to lick Tommy Thayer's neck while he was playing guitar. I wonder where
Adam Lambert got the idea to be so "controversial"? Tommy later had his
moment to shine for a guitar solo as he fired "rockets" from the
headstock of his guitar that "caused" one of the lights to fall from
Loud" was unbeatable with Gene hoisted high above the stage singing and
stomping along. Paul pointed out the obvious when he mentioned that if
you came to the show expecting to end global warming or stop world
hunger, you were in the wrong place. The solution according to Paul was
to "Rock and Roll All Nite" and party every day. It was escapism at its
twin guitar attack of "Shout It Out Loud". KISS even visited their
unmasked days by playing the 1983 classic "Lick It Up". I honestly had
no idea what the song meant back in the day but loved watching the
video. "Love Gun" and "Detroit Rock City" closed out their set for
memorable nostalgia filled night.
Editor's Note: And here Andrew is, in all his adorable glory!
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KISS is streaming their show tonight at Staples Center on Facebook. Who
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