November 18, 2012
By Osmar Paul
Photo by Léo Patel
Translated from Portuguese for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

With only 10 minutes past the scheduled start time -different from two hours late in Porto Alegre - KISS opened its show in Sao Paulo this Saturday as expected: with fires, crazed screams from the public, and hits to spare. Right off the bat, the band began their parade of hits with the song "Detroit Rock City," followed by "Shout It Out Loud," as the band greeted the crowded chorus of Anhembi. The show, which took place at Arena Anhembi, was broadcast live by Terra through the platform Live Music Rocks.

"São Paulo! How are you all? Today we will have a rock 'n' roll party! This evening you are part of our family," KISS vocalist Paul Stanley said soon after the show's second song, to the delight of 25 thousand fans present at Arena Anhembi. A good master of ceremonies, he complimented the crowd. "We were in Argentina and Chile, but you guys are number one," the singer said, before launching into "Calling Dr. Love."

"Hell or Hallelujah" from the band's latest album, "Monster," released this year, came right in and was also well received by the public. They followed with "Hotter Than Hell" and "I Love It Loud," long loved by fans, in which bassist Gene Simmons took over the vocals. Stanley then led the crowd to call for guitarist Tommy Thayer, who sang the next song, "Outta This World."

The guitarist and the drummer, Eric Singer, were then alone on stage, performing a duel of solos that was enjoyed by the public, especially fueled with Singer's enthusiasm. At the end of the solos, the two were raised by two stage platforms, and the drummer used a cannon to release fireworks on stage.

Soon after, it was Gene Simmons' turn to be alone on stage and play his bass solo, taking advantage of the moment to show off his classic performance of breathing fire. Suspended from two cables, he ascended to a platform above the stage, where he shouted several times to the audience before playing "God of Thunder."

Stanley lavished plenty of praise on the local public. "I love Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, but my heart is in São Paulo. On a night like this, I want to see you," he said, before being taken up by a cable, "flying" over the audience, out to the platform next to the soundboard in the middle of the arena to sing the hit, "Love Gun."

At the end of the show, guitarist Tommy Thayer took center stage and started playing the riff from "Stairway To Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. Stanley stopped the moment, asking the audience if they would like to hear a song from KISS. The band then played "Black Diamond," from their namesake debut album, which ended the first part of the show.

Coming back to the stage, the four band members asked the audience to raise their hands up for a photo, then positioning their backs to the audience and taking a photo of that moment with Anhembi crowd behind them. Asking if they could come back more often to the city -and getting a resounding cry of approval– the band finished the performance with three more classics: "Lick It Up," "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and the anthem "Rock and Roll All Nite."

After performing in Porto Alegre last Wednesday and in Sao Paulo, KISS plays in Rio de Janeiro, this Sunday the 18th, at 9:00 pm at HSBC Arena.