The Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, CA was DESTROYED last night.
It was overrun by an army.
It was taken to the extreme of what a LOUD ROCK CONCERT (or any concert for that matter) should be.
KISS was not allowed to use a lot of pyro due to the size of the venue. It did not matter and it showed, doubly, why KISS is vastly underrated when it comes to the QUALITY of their songs.
Gene was not allowed to do the 'blood' due to the family atmosphere at the fair. Did not matter and it showed that KISS is much more than a 'gimmick' band.
They hit the stage at 8:30 and left at 11:30. 3 hours of ROCK AND ROLL. Loud, in your face and most of all FUN.
KISS is a visual and sonic presence that can not be matched by any other band. Anywhere.
Sure there may be 'harder' rock music or crazier looking characters in music, BUT....What all the others LACK that KISS has the ability to turn it all into one package of greatness.
I've seen KISS open tours. I've seen KISS open for Aerosmith and blow them away, I've seen KISS on mid-tours and I've seen them now close a tour. I will tell you that in every one of my KISS experiences. I have never seen them have the 'fun' and 'purpose' that they presented last night. These guys were there to tear that place apart.
The crowd was amped. The ages of the fans ranged from young to old. I saw families coming to this show. The tradition is carrying on. The KISS ARMY is alive and well.
Fan or not you can NOT deny that KISS is a true American Icon. There is not one 'ROCK' band from this country that has been around as long or carried on a fan base that still demands to see them. 35+ years later.
The band showed last night that the new album coming out on October 6, 2009 will be worth the wait. I predict this will surpass what are considered to be their two 'best' albums Destroyer and Revenge by far.
I can safely say that this band, in its current form, are the best musical lineup this band has had since it was non-makeup with Gene-Paul-Eric-Bruce.
If you're a doubter. You will continue to doubt. Why? I have no idea. All it will take is for you to go get yourself a ticket for the fall tour. I would love to hear all you bashers on the other side of whatever show you went too....I know what I'd probably see is you, the basher, walking out of the arena sweaty-overcome from the sonic and visual assault-running to the merch booth and buying all you see. It is not something new.
KISS has always been renowned as being the top live act around. For anyone to have not seen them and still say they 'suck' tells me that their opinion is nonsense in the fullest sense of the word.
Old band- 3 chords-2 original guys-bad music-BLAH BLAH BLAH----it does not matter.....what anyone says. KISS will be there to put a proverbial middle finger to your opinions EVERY TIME. That is what I love about this band. It's the fact that no matter WHAT.....They have hung in there and battled back to be 'on top' or close to it so many times. No amount of adversity has stopped them. Ever. KISS is not about the 'people in it' anymore. It's MUCH bigger than that. It's something that will be talked about eons from now. Say what you will, but you know I'm right.
I defy anyone that was at that Paso Robles show last night to tell me this was not the best show they'd seen EVER. I heard so many people on the way out last night. All of them saying "WOW"...or "AMAZING"...or "I CAN'T HEAR A THING"....It was just out of sight how hard these guys rocked it last night.
I am safe in knowing I'll be seeing them again...However....If I was not able to ever again, I'd point to this show as what KISS concert should always be.
Jon Law Hastings