Excerpted from a review by Kiel Egging
Photos by Anwar Rizk
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Despite having ticked off a good chunk of iconic bands on my ‘see before I die list’, until last Wednesday I was yet to have a night of grandiose partying with the genre’s most famous face-painted rockers.
And although I wasn’t too familiar with their back catalogue, when the opportunity came to see KISS, I felt compelled to go along and see what the fuss was all about. And damn, did I receive an education…
KISS descended down from the top of the arena on two different platforms with a shower of fireworks behind them, starting opener Detroit Rock City mid-air. It kicked off an old-school rock extravaganza with all the bells and whistles.
Whether it was fireworks or flames during nearly every song, gigantic flashing signs and bright lights, the countless rock star poses (Gene Simmons never gets sick of wagging his tongue or spitting fire) or rockin’ out on elevated platforms at all sorts of angles, I was literally blown away by the grandiose nature of the show. Sure, KISS fans have probably seen it all before, but for someone who hadn’t seen them live until tonight, I found it incredibly impressive.
The interacting-with-the-crowd-at-the-back quota was also fulfilled in a mega way, with frontman Paul Stanley clipping himself onto a flying fox and performing Love Gun on a revolving stage high above the sound desk at the back of the General Admission area. This was followed up by a gigantic white confetti shower during timeless hit Rock and Roll All Nite – and a casual ride on some sweeping platforms above the crowd.