Story and photo by Wally Norton
It seems like forever and a day ago that I heard wind of "The Tour". I remember my jaw dropping when I learned that Kiss and Motley Crue were going to embark on a summer tour playing together and delivering a rock spectacle like no other. Let's face it both of these bands have forged long lasting careers by creating some of the most visually exciting rock and roll shows for their legions of fans. On September 13th, 2012, Toronto was going to get both bands, playing full shows on the same night.
For the past 29 years, Kiss and Motley Crue have been far and away my 2 favourite bands. Over the years my friends have asked me "if you had to pick just one as your favourite, who would it be?" and I can't answer that question. Then they came up with the worst question of all; that planted a horrifying dilemma that I prayed would never happen, "if Kiss and Motley were to play in town on the same night, who would you choose?" My response to that question is much like the scene in the movie "Home Alone" when Kevin tries some aftershave, claps his hands to his cheeks and screams in horror at the top of his lungs. The thought of having to sacrifice one of these bands for the other is truly that horrifying for me.
Motley Crue was my first ever concert back in June of 1984, Kiss followed in November of that same year and combined I have now been witness to 26 Kiss and or Crue shows. So for me personally, "The Tour" is a "pinch me I must be dreaming" kinda thing, a Christmas and Birthday all rolled into one and definitely something I never thought would happen.
So lets begin, shall we? We headed down to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre and were greeted by a sea of concert goers. The age range at a Kiss concert these days seems to cover ages 5 to 65 with most wearing the required "heavy metal" uniform, a rock t-shirt. Wait!, make that age range a little wider as I witnessed a father carrying his infant daughter (headphone ear protection in place) wearing Paul Stanley makeup.
I met up with fellow Decibel Geek writer Rich "The Meister" Dillon, grabbed dinner and caught up on his "Accept" concert from the previous evening and headed on inside for the show.
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