KISS kick off Australian leg of world tour with epic show at Perth Arena

By Kristy Symonds /  PerthNow

THEY say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After 42 years, KISS know exactly what their loyal fans love and continued to deliver it in spades with a spectacular show at Perth Arena.

Kicking off the Australian leg of their world tour in front of a sea of painted faces, the legendary US rockers spared no effort or energy in pulling out all their signature gimmicks just as big and as loud as ever.

Before descending from the arena roof on the 43,000kg, fire-spewing rig called The Spider, the band yelled “All right, Perth! You wanted the best, you got the best — the hottest band in the world, KISS,” sending the crowd into an expectant frenzy.

While Gene Simmons ceremoniously slid his famous tongue up and down his bass guitar, breathed a ball of fire and let fake blood bubble down his chin as he played the role of the Demon, Starchild Paul Stanley stuck his guitar pick on his tongue, showing it off to the photographers in the pit below, shimmied and shook, and caught a zip line over to a small rotating stage in the crowd.

Spaceman Tommy Thayer took on an epic solo, shooting fireworks from his guitar, while Catman Eric Singer rose to the roof on his drum kit.

Of course, with The Spider, which features 220 automated lights and 900 pieces of pyrotechnics, powered by 400,000 watts of sound, there was fire — and lots of it.


KISS kicks off Australian leg of 40th anniversary tour with raucous Perth performance

By Jennifer Smith For Daily Mail Australia

KISS kicked off the Australian leg of their 40th anniversary world tour on Saturday with an electric performance in Perth.

Dressed in their signature face paint, the band performed a roll of hits at the city's arena, with Gene Simmons taking centre stage.

He was joined by band mates Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, with the quartet donning typically outlandish costumes for the show.
Saturday's performance marks the beginning of the Australian leg of their tour which will see the band put on eight sows across the country and in New Zealand.

It will conclude when their KISS Cruise sets sail later this month.

Earlier this week frontman Gene Simmons appeared on The Project to tell of his excitement at returning to Australia as part of the tour.

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