ROCK THE SOCKS OFF MACKAY!
March 17, 2013
By Fallon Hudson

IN the world of showbiz there are high expectations.

And last night Mackay met them when American rock gods KISS rocked the socks off Mackay fans.

In a concert that was pure showmanship, the rockers from the 70s, worked the stage and played up to the audience like it was their first time.

They belted out their hits Rock and Roll All Night and Lick it Up.

While on stage the crowd saw Gene Simmons tongue in the flesh and watched Paul Stanley fly across the fans on a flying fox.

Not only that, you could feel the heat from the stage as balls of fire shot up through the air.

Along with fire there were fireworks and confetti guns.

MECC manager Mark Fawcett said he was proud of what they achieved at the Virgin Australia Stadium

"What we did last night was a dream come true. We put on a capital city concert.

"There was 99 percent of Mackay behind this concert," he said.

After months of planning, the concert proved that Mackay was very much capable of holding international acts such as KISS and Motley Crue.

Fans travelled as far as Brisbane and as north as Cairns to see KISS. Many of them painting their faces as their favourite member of KISS.

Mr Fawcett said about 12,000 people packed the stadium and that everyone was well behaved.

"The behaviour of the rows was really great and because of that it allows us to be able to something like this again."

He said the shuttle buses were a huge success, picking up and dropping off concert goers.

Mr Fawcett said the last bus to pick up people was at 12.15am.

This morning Mr Fawcett and concert organisers were in the process of cleaning up the stadium and pulling down the stage.