KISS 40th Anniversary Tour Review
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 8 October 2015
Written by The Rock Man / Full Throttle Rock
Over the years I can say that I have been blessed to bear witness to some of the biggest bands in rock history come to Australia to perform. Yet having said that I can also say with hand on heart that I have never found anything that gives me the same kind of thrill and excitement as seeing a KISS show. And so it was that once again I found myself at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena eagerly anticipating what was to unfold.
As the lights go down there is a buzz of electricity that fills the arena; then the KISS battle cry comes roaring over the speakers: “You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world… KISS!” In an explosion of pyrotechnics, lights and sound, the black curtain drops and like magic our costumed heroes appear grinding out the opening bars of Detroit Rock City as they stand atop of the massive steel ‘Spider’ construction which occupies the majority of the stage. Slowly the ‘Spider’ begins to lower the band to the stage proper and away we go for a two hour thrill ride which includes many fan favourites including Deuce, Do You Love Me?, Calling Dr. Love and Lick It Up, alongside some of the band’s more recent tunes such as Psycho Circus and Hell Or Hallelujah.