KISS Soboba Concert
Rich Rose Malden, MA. on 07/30/2007
First I need to say that Paul, I hope you are getting well and everything works out for you. We missed you but your health is the most important thing and that needs to take front stage.
When I heard that you guys were only playing four shows this year I told me wife that I need to attend at least one of them. Being from Massachusetts and noticing that all of the shows were west of Chicago I knew that some serious traveling would be involved. I would like to mention that my last KISS show was Atlantic City July 2004 so I have been waiting three long years for my next KISS show. I traveled 2600 miles from Boston, Mass to see you guys. I am a six time Platinum ticket holder and those times backstage meeting you guys were the times of my life. I never knew that you guys would be so down to earth and cool. I picked the show at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. because I thought that the final show of them all would be the best. God, I didn’t think that it would be the most shocking and interesting KISS concert I have ever attended.
When my wife and I arrived at the Soboba Casino we went straight to the arena and you guys had just begun your sound check. It was amazing to see you guys through the fence even if it was only the sound check. After you guys finished it seemed like time dragged until we were let into the arena and we got to our seats. When Doc took the stage I knew that something was not right. There was a moment that everyone in the audience just couldn’t believe what they were hearing. When Gene, Tommy and Eric then took the stage still in their war paint I knew that they were not leaving. After Gene asked us in the audience what do “we” want, I knew this was going to be a night to remember for the rest of my life.
The words from Gene stating that Paul wanted the band to play were good to hear and touched many in the stands. With Gene mentioning that they had no clue how this would turn out was also good to see that they are only human too. I am amazed that anyone would want to continue with a concert without their lead singer and guitarist. I want to say that Gene, Tommy and Eric, in my eyes, did the show justice, they were amazing. Were they on the top of their game maybe not but they gave 110% on every song and every note. To pull out songs that they have not performed for years and play them was simply amazing. This shows everyone that they might play the some songs for many concerts but when it comes to last minute changes, they can come through. Gene took control of this show and I have to say that he did a great job. Tommy, what can I say about him, he was great. From the great rhythm to the awesome solo work, he did not lose a beat. Let’s not forget Eric, the man is amazing on those drums. He was great singing lead on two songs and background vocals on the others. The three were just so good that I was shocked that it worked. I have a new respect for these guys after the show.
Whenever Gene spoke of Paul we could tell that his condition was weighting on his mind. So many of us in the audience were concerned about Paul and we were hoping that everything worked out. Paul, get well soon and we hope to see you soon on the stage. From a person who has been a fan for over 30 years, I have to say that these guys can do just about anything.
Another special thing that happened for me and my wife was the chance to see Shannon Tweed, Nick and Sophie. We found out that they were filming for the Family Jewels show and we were in the area they were using for the shots. When the concert started they remained in our area, that was so cool too. It was amazing how friendly and nice Shannon, Nick and Sophie were considering so many people were in their face for most of the night.
In closing I would like to say to Paul that I hope your recovery is quick and everything works out for you. We missed you but your health is number one.