KISSOLOGY Volume 2: Another GREAT mark in KISStory!!!
thejoker_tn on 08/16/2007
What can I say about Kissology Volume 2... WOW!!!
I thought Volume 1 was something... Volume 2 soared big time....
There wasn\'t a thing in this set that wasn\'t special...it\'s all worth seeing. I have to say, I love the concerts and seeing how KISS has evolved over the years...
I wish there were more COMPLETE concerts from the eras...
I would\'ve loved to have seen concerts from Animalize (with Mark St. John) and Asylum... and a complete concert from Crazy Nights BUT the \"Hot in the Shade\" show was unbelievable... it was a great great show... brought back lots of memories of the show here in Memphis for me.
The Rio show was phenominal (not sure if it was a full show or not) and I wish there was more footage of KISS during the Lick it Up Period.
The KISS: Attack of the Phantoms Movie... it was cool but after so many viewings of \"Meets the Phantom of the Park\", this version seemed a little out of place. Things didn\'t seem to flow well. While there were some additional scenes, there were others cut out (like the punks messing with the ride control room) The added scenes were great but the movie seemed to pace differently and didn\'t make sense with some of the other stuff taken out... and the addition of music... don\'t get me wrong.. I love KISS music but it seemed again to be out of place and often replaced key sound effects during the movie (Like when Abner finds out he\'s let go and he\'s walking off, you don\'t hear the stage crew setting audio levels with the eerie guitar sound as Abner\'s walking away....it\'s replaced with a KISS solo song that takes away from the ingenius sneer Abner gets) Basically, I\'m glad this version was included (for the added scenes) but I wish they could cut a new version.... leaving the US version intact but adding in the new scenes as well.
The Day in Rock MTV segment where they announced Eric Carr\'s passing. I was watching MTV that day (back when MTV was still worth watching) and I saw that announcement when it aired... it floored me. I was a huge Eric Carr fan and I had heard he was doing better. Then from outta left field it seemed he took a turn for the worse... I didn\'t know till I saw this segment air. I was crushed. It hit me like it was part of my own family. But in a way, KISS and the KISS Army ARE family... nevertheless, it was a sad, sad day for me. I can only imagine what it was like for the band and his family and friends.
I\'m also a little disappointed that it\'s listed as having the \"God Gave Rock & Roll to You II\" Music Video... that\'s not entirely true... it has most of the video then (as it did on KISS Xtreme Close-Up) cuts to credits after the melodic break in the song... that\'s NOT a complete video....
However, the best thing on this dvd for me (aside from the Hot in the Shade Concert) was the suprise you get after the credits (which I will not disclose for those that haven\'t bought the dvd yet.)
HOWEVER, I\'m telling you.... for all the Eric Carr fans out there... get this dvd set... and pay attention to the whole 3rd DVD (after the credits) roll... there\'s something very special there.
I was a huge Eric Carr fan... it was an emotional surprise for me. One that made this 34 year old man cry. I miss Eric and only wish I was able to meet him in person. Maybe one day in the afterlife I\'ll get my chance.
One final note... to the guys in KISS (especially Gene and Paul)... thank you for that extra added surprise. You know better than anybody what a jokester Eric was... and you ended the set wonderfully with that fitting surprise. While it was funny and shows Eric as never losing his humor, it was a bitter sweet end for the set.
Thank you guys (Gene, Paul, Eric S., Tommy) and the rest of \"The Family\" for giving us fans YEARS of entertainment. I applaud you all...and I think Eric Carr is proud as well.
My best to all of you... and Paul...get better, buddy. I\'ve been a fan since I was 6... and I need you guys around for many years to come...
Your friend and fan,
Steven Yarbrough (Memphis, TN)