ENERGIZED THE COLISEUM
March 19, 2011
Hector Calzada
Translated for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo

After an absence of 13 years, New York band "Kiss" came to shake up Puerto Rican fans on Saturday as part of their "The Hottest Show on Earth" tour.

KISS hadn't visited the island since its previous concert in 1998. The band, made up of Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals), Gene Simmons (bass), Eric Singer (drums) and Tommy Thayer (guitar), blew the stage of the Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot with a setlist of their most famous hits, as well as some from their latest album, 2009's "Sonic Boom."

During the night, the band performed classics including "Love Gun," "Lick It Up" and "Rock and Roll All Night."

The concert began at 9:07 p.m. when the public heard that well-known phrase that ultimately marks the beginning of the each show: "You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world, KISS!" This alone was enough to charge the rock show with adrenaline. Then, the curtain fell and the public witnessed the best stage show ever installed in the Coliseum for a concert, full of lights, fire, and the logo of the band that always shone through the night.

The band started with "Modern Day Delilah" from "Sonic Boom," which was well-received by the public. Then Paul Stanley said a few words in Spanish, noting that Puerto Rico was like a second home for them.

KISS continued the show with "Cold Gin," then delivering "Let Me Go Rock n Roll." As an introduction to the song "Firehouse", Gene Simmons pleased the crowd by blowing on a flaming torch and created a huge fireball that enraged the audience, which was full of fans with faces painted to look like members of the band.

The band continued with "Say Yeah", which kept the crowd screaming "yeah" throughout the chorus of the song. Classics followed, like "Deuce", "Crazy Nights", "Calling Dr. Love" and "Shock Me." After these, Eric (drums) and Tommy (guitar) came on stage for a duet.

The guitarist was shooting fireworks and Eric's drum platform rose. When Tommy finished his guitar solo, he lifted into the air, which created an effect that many had never seen. The drum solo from Eric was energetic and kept the audience wanting more.

After Gene and Paul returned, the band played "Animal", "100.00 Years," "I Love It Loud" and "Love Gun." During the latter, the audience joined in, singing loudly with the band.

When a disco ball lit up the Colosseum, the public began to hear the strains of the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, followed by "Black Diamond," and later one of the most acclaimed of the night "Detroit Rock City."KISS took a short break of two or three minutes, and the public did not stop yelling until the band returned on stage to play the acoustic ballad "Beth," which Eric performed.

The concert ended with "Lick It Up" and its most famous song, "Rock n Roll All Night." As the show ended, the audience was wrapped by confetti, lights, fireworks and two band members high on a platform, rocking for all attendees at the Coliseum to see.