BRING WILD SHOW TO LIVERPOOL
May 05, 2010
Glam rockers KISS bring their wild show to the Liverpool Echo Arena

by Gary Stewart

GLAM rockers KISS brought a spectacular show to Liverpool ECHO arena.

The heavily made up leather-clad troubadours, were in the city for the first time as part of their Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour.

This is the first tour in 11 years that Kiss have made of the UK so it was a rare treat for fans who dressed up as their idols with Starchild, Demon, Spaceman and Catman faces in the crowd.

The band, who have been together for nearly 40 years and sold 80 million albums, played fan favourites including Crazy Nights, God Gave Rock'N'Roll to You and I Was Made for Loving You.

Read JADE WRIGHT's review below.

By Jade Wright, Liverpool Echo

IN AN era where bands don't know where their next royalty cheque is coming from, where downloads have overtaken CD sales and record contracts need a business case not an A&R man, most bands are understandably understated in their live shows.

Stripping back the set to a few acoustic numbers, peppered with a few electric numbers, most bands see touring as a lucrative way of making up for slower record sales.

Bands, that is, apart from KISS. The New York quartet who kicked understatement out of the dictionary with their sparkly platform boots certainly know how to put a show on.

With fireworks shooting out of every possible inch of space (including the tops of the guitars) and jets of flames bursting out of the stage, their live show has to be seen to be believed. There's no corner cutting , no expense spared and it's all the better for it.With fireworks shooting out of every possible inch of space (including the tops of the guitars) and jets of flames bursting out of the stage, their live show has to be seen to be believed. There's no corner cutting , no expense spared and it's all the better for it.

Kicking off a 20-song set with the riff party that is Modern Day Delilah from new album Sonic Boom, they went straight into the innuendo-laced Cold Gin from their 1974 debut album.

In two songs they'd strutted their way through a 35-year career, but the join didn't show. KISS are nothing if not consistent, and it's hard to tell the new songs from their older material.

From there it was onto Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll, Firehouse and Say Yeah, which they began with a Beatles reference, with Paul Stanley singing the "yeah, yeah, yeah" lines from She Loves You.

There was another nod to the Fab Four leading into Crazy Nights - clearly the band just can't get enough of the Mersey sound.

A high point, quite literally, came when the mid-blood-vomiting Gene Simmons flew into the rafters for I Love It Loud. Wagging that famous tongue, he looked every inch the lord of misrule.

Theatricals aside, the music certainly works. The musicianship is top notch, the harmonies spot on and the guitar and drum solos suitably impressive. It's a show that would work without the whistles and bells. But with it, it's even better.

Returning to the stage for encores, they captivated fans with I Was Made For Loving You, God Gave Rock N Roll To You and Rock N Roll All Night. It was a masterclass in rockstardom - and what teachers KISS are.