September 20, 2012
Excerpted from a review by Josh McAuliffe

KISS and Motley Crüe, sharing the same stage.

Can you say sensory overload?

The glam metal icons brought their co-headlining tour to a rain-drenched Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Tuesday night, putting a bombastic exclamation point on the 2012 summer concert season.

The weather no doubt kept some people at home, but the thousands who turned out were treated to a double bill of nonstop bells and whistles - with some pretty decent music thrown in for good measure.

The Crüe was first, arriving at 7:45 p.m. to a stage adorned with huge video monitors, pyromania, a menagerie of scantily clad dancing women and a mini roller coaster.

Tough act to follow, indeed, but the audience wanted the best, and they got it at 9:40 p.m. when the face-painted godfathers of glam metal took over amid a flurry of pyrotechnics.

Kiss put on a clinic for their appreciative army, opening with the thunderous power chords of "Detroit Rock City," followed by the catchy power pop of "Shout It Out Loud."

The maniacal Gene Simmons brought the noise on "I Love It Loud," and Paul Stanley bantered with the crowd incessantly. Lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer were solid and left the showmanship to their famous bandmates.

It was an exuberantly entertaining spectacle, and expertly choreographed, from Mr. Simmons' patented fire breathing and blood spewing to Mr. Stanley flying out into the middle of the audience to perform "Love Gun."

Mr. Simmons and Mr. Stanley have several years on their tour mates, but the Crüe could learn a thing or two from their elders.