BOOMED LONDON
May 21, 2010
We were on a mission to promote the KISS Radio Special on TNT Radio which will be aired June 4th in Holland celebrating the return of KISS to Europe and Holland June 18th at the Gelredome in Arnhem.

We arrived in London May 11th. At 7pm we attended the KISS Photo Exhibition of Denis O'Regan at the Apple Store (Regent Street). He gave a great presentation on shooting KISS ahead of their upcoming Wembley Shows. He lectured on how he works on the road and even had KISS sign all his photos that same afternoon. For more info: http://www.denis.co.uk

The next day we've explored the Wembley Stadium and Arena in the afternoon and then our mission began. Taking Down (Roadrunner Records), the Las Vegas band that opened for them got their Love Gun locked and loaded. Their debut album "Time To Burn" was released April 12th in Europe and you can catch them June 12th at the Download Festival. For more info: http://www.takingdown.com

At 9pm KISS enters the stage with the fantastic opener "Modern Day Delilah" (Sonic Boom) and they really know how to make a grand entrance this time with Gene, Tommy & Paul being lifted over Eric's drumkit.

Proving it was also from 'The beginning' "Cold Gin", "Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll" and "Firehouse" followed going full force. And then back to the present with "Say Yeah" (Sonic Boom) and the great performed "Deuce" and the crowd gets really crazy with the flames get hotter and the fireworks louder. "Crazy, Crazy Nights" was brought back to life and turned up the party spirit at the Arena. KISS blast through it like there is no tomorrow. After "Dr. Love" it was Tommy's turn with "Shock Me" which led to great solo spots by Tommy and Eric. Both of them levitated on platforms and shooting rocket launchers and really shows they're part of a winning team. After the final new song "I Am An Animal" (Sonic Boom) Paul introduced the next song "100,000 Years" as "the song we always play because it's good". After his blood spitting bass solo Gene goes up to the rafters with "I Love It Loud" (I must admit I do miss "God Of Thunder"). "Love Gun" blast into the Arena and Paul playing a part of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. No lectures on politics or enviremental issues this evening it's only about Rock 'N Roll. "Black Diamond" follows with all fans singing along and "Detroit Rock City" finished it off before "the longest encore ever".

"Lick It Up" is the first encore followed by "Shout It Out Loud" and Paul joined the crowd during "I Was Made For Lovin' You". Wembley turned into the church of rock during "God Gave Rock & Roll To You II" and ended the show with a BOOM during "Rock And Roll All Nite".

The second show was completely sold-out and we made it into the very crowded photo pit. The same setlist and the show started at around 9:15pm. A must see for an experience of a lifetime. GO SEE THE SHOW ....

As of this writing I've seen KISS 20+ times in concert and I've never seen any band put on a better show and most important KISS never let the crowd down. After 37 years in the business KISS really knows how to put on a show and they came and conquered the Wembley Arena twice.

Just like John Kalodner I'm also an admirer of their incorporation of business with their music and always giving the audience what they expect and pay for.

KISS is ready for the mainland and KISS is always welcomed in Holland with open arms. We want the best and they're the only one band that delivers. A lot have chanced since KISS played the Amsterdam Rai in 1976 for only $ 1,600 and now with the Sonic Boom Over Europe tour they will arrive June 18th at the Gelredome in Arnhem soon. Just before our KISS Radio Special on TNT Radio, Roadrunner Records will release the new single "Never Enough", so we hope it will be on the setlist soon.

Arie van Rotterdam

Thanks to: KISS, The KISS Office, McGhee Entertainment, Roadrunner Records, TNT Radio, DUTCH KISS, Corina van Rotterdam, Paul Elliott (I'm with the band), Bas Bloemendaal and our compliments to the staff and security at the Wembley Arena.