Jul 08 2014
Excerpted from a review by Alex Distefano

The day after 4th of July, nearly 20,000 screaming rock-n-roll fans filled the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre In Irvine, to witness two stellar performances by two defining rock bands: Def Leppard and KISS.

At 9:45, every section of the venue was packed, from the lawns to the lower pit. KISS took the stage, with roars of applause which, for the most part, lasted for the entire KISS concert.

A huge platform in the shape of a spider was in the middle of the stage as KISS blasted into an hour long set of classic songs, with nothing newer than 1998. Fan favorites included "Duce," "Hotter Than Hell," "Christine Sixteen," "Black Diamond," and "Cold Gin."
Jul 08 2014
By Crystal Larsen

Irvine, Calif.

With the Fourth of July in the rearview, the smell of fire and smoke was still in the air on July 5 for the first Southern California stop on Kiss and Def Leppard's joint summer tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine. Traveling across the country to celebrate Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's 40th year of keeping Kiss alive, two of rock's most illustrious bands put on a show that was hotter than hell … and not just because it was still nearly 90 degrees by sunset.
Jul 07 2014
PHOTO: GRAND FINALE IN CHULA VISTA
Jul 07 2014
ARMY CHULA VISTA, YOU LOOK GREAT!
Check out the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California.
Jul 07 2014
PHOTO: CREW AT WORK IN CHULA VISTA
Here's Gene Simmons' bass tech, Jason Lemiere, just before the Demon breathed fire at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre last night.
Jul 06 2014
PHOTO: STARCHILD IN FLIGHT
Here's Paul Stanley flying over the sea of KISS fans at the packed Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night in Irvine, California.

Jul 06 2014
PHOTO: DEF LEPPARD'S PHIL COLLEN GETS ED!
Here's Def Leppard's Phil Collen sporting Gene Simmons' costume and bass at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California.
Jul 06 2014
ARMY IRVINE, YOU LOOK GREAT! #2
Here are a few more photos of the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.
Jul 06 2014
PHOTO: GENE BREATHING FIRE IN IRVINE
Jul 06 2014
PHOTO: WATCHING DEF LEPPARD IN IRVINE
Here's Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons and Doc Mcghee watching Def Leppard at last night's show in Irvine.
Jul 06 2014
PHOTO: CREW BACKSTAGE IN IRVINE
Here are the KISS wardrobe girls, Blair and Melissa, backstage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Jul 06 2014
ARMY IRVINE, YOU LOOK GREAT!
Check out the KISS Army at last night's KISS show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

Jul 06 2014
IRVINE SET LIST
Here's KISS' set list from Saturday's Irvine show.
Jul 06 2014
PHOTOS: GENE SIMMONS AT IRVINE MEET & GREET
Here's Gene and a fan having fun at yesterday's KISS meet & greet in Irvine.
Jul 05 2014
STUBHUB CENTER OPENS ROCK & BREWS
By Josie Becker

KISS rocker Paul Stanley, one half of the ownership behind Rock & Brews, was on hand at the StubHub! Center as the growing brewpub chain with a music theme opened its fourth Los Angeles location. The company began with a flagship beer garden in El Segundo two years ago, and has been aggressive in expanding its beer and wings with rock music concept.

For the media preview we were given a sample of the buffalo wings and asian wings, a giant Bavarian pretzel, and garlic cheese fries. The garlic fries were great, and the pretzel came with a nice sweet mustard. The buffalo wings were medium on the hotness scale, while the asian wings were a sweet contrast. We were given a Shock Top Belgian style wheat-ale to wash everything down.

Shock Top is pretty much a staple of stadiums wanting to give alternative beer options these days, but Rock & Brews does feature some interesting locals like the Galaxy Defender a Belgian ale from Torrance's Monkish brewing company and a hefeweizen from Golden Road Brewery.

This restaurant is in the stand alone concession stand on the concourse plaza between the tennis stadium and the soccer stadium. Previously that location has been a Pollo Campero, and most recently tried the self-aware Stand 11 which also featured wings and beer.

When the location is fully opened later this month it is supposed to also include a signature burger. From what I tasted, it's certainly above what I expect from concession food. The conversion to Rock & Brews included the installation of TVs and benches along the soccer stadium side, and wrap around rock themed signage including a Doors themed canopy.
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