August 04, 2012
By: Ted Hansen

Fire. A catchy tune by the funk band, The Ohio Players, also used as the introduction to the television show “Hell’s Kitchen.” Along with water, air and earth, one of the four classical elements. Something an audience member can expect to see during almost every song played at the KISS and Mötley Crüe concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion in Phoenix.

Touted as the summer of 2012’s “biggest, baddest rock tour,” KISS and Mötley Crüe come to Phoenix having combined forces in what most likely will be the biggest pyrotechnic display outside of the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics. There might just be some ear splitting, hard driving, rock and roll as well.

KISS, which features cofounders guitarist Paul Stanley and bass player Gene Simmons, as well as drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, is nearing almost forty years as a group. Their formula for success has been simple. Put on black and white face paint, wear leather outfits and seven inch high heeled shoes, blow things up and pen rock anthems such as “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

As anybody in the KISS Army, the loyal fan base of KISS followers, can tell you, although the albums of KISS rock, the true KISS experience is to see them live. This time around, KISS will be promoting their soon to be released album “Monster,” and the album’s recently released single “Hell or Hallelujah.” You can also expect an abundance of show stopping theatrics, which is the norm for a KISS concert experience.

Mötley Crüe returns to Phoenix as the evening’s co-headliner and promises to deliver an equally enthralling set. The Crüe, Vince Neil on vocals, Mick Mars on guitars, Nikki Sixx on bass and Tommy Lee on drums, recently released the single “Sex” which will be a new addition to their set list.

If The Ohio Player’s “Fire” isn’t thematic enough for the evening, then their song “Love Rollercoaster,” will spring to mind as Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee brings back his 360 vertical drum rollercoaster to showcase his drum solo. As an added bonus, an audience member will get to join Lee for the drummer’s loop de loop adventure.

The true opening act for the evening will be the British group The Treatment. Although the members of The Treatment weren’t even alive when “KISS Alive!” was released, they bring a rock and roll style that has been described as “combining the drive of early Def Leppard with the song-writing ability of prime UFO and Thin Lizzy, with the whole thing underpinned by the sort of low-slung riffing redolent of early Aerosmith or G n’ R.”