KISS – Rocks Vegas Blu-Ray Review
Written By: Shadow Editor /Myglobalmind Online Magazine
What is there to fulfill if you are one of the most iconic Rock bands of all time? Is there something left to achieve after an iron clad career that has spanned four decades? If you are KISS, you do what you do best, and keep rocking until you can’t rock no more. Go ahead raise your eye brows. Sure, you may have your own preconceived notions of the KISS marketing army and the empire these guys have built selling eponymous merchandise in pretty much any market they can get into, but to be honest if you are a global Iconic band like KISS, why not? Why not use that avenue to inject even more flavor to your fan base and feed the fire? But the reality is these guys also have done tons of work with charitable foundations such as the “Wounded Warrior Project” and “The USO” among many others, is not a life fulfilled if you don’t touch others, I hope they have done that indeed.
Not only does the band do this part of their jobs well, but in the end a big part of it still comes down to their musical legacy, and the fact that they have sold over 100 million records worldwide, and are the #1 Gold Record Award Winning band of all time. They are resilient and their Army of Kiss Fans follow suit from generation to generation and encourage the next in line to watch these Rock heroes before they call it quits once and for all.
With this we come to what some may refer to as “yet another” Kiss live concert, and in true form I answer yes, in fact it is. It’s KISS in fine form once again, staging bombastic live antics, an exuberant will to Rock Out with their explosive stage pyrotechnics, and again reminding folks that yes, we are still around and you will not soon forget that. It’s hard to argue with the impact their music has left on the Rock world, even to this day. In a new millennium filled with excess, an inter connectivity of all things NOW, and the desire to have things done instantly, KISS still reminds us all that it is okay to be old school, it is fine to still wear make up on stage, and it is perfectly acceptable to try to be a “god of thunder and rock and roll”.
Kiss Rocks Vegas comes your way during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014, soon after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, something Paul Stanley reminds the rabid Vegas crowd about during this live set. Distributed by leader of Audio and Video, Eagle Rock Entertainment, this Blu-Ray Package comes with a CD, and not only do you get a classic set from Kiss, you also get a nice acoustic performance featuring 7 extra songs, featuring little gems like “Plaster Caster” and “Hard Luck Woman”. In this package you also get a cool booklet featuring some amazing photos. As you to come to expect from a Kiss experience, this live performance is impeccable.
KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer) start their set with their live staple “Detroit Rock City”, which gets the party Vegas fine folks going right from the git-go. Nice to hear “Psycho Circus” a personal favorite of mine, as well as the thunderous and never old riff fest of “War Machine” and “God of Thunder”.
Of course, no KISS set would be completed in proper fashion without “Love Gun” or “Rock and Roll All Night”, but it’s classics like “Black Diamond” that draws you back into the renaissance period of the 80’s where big hair and demonic make up made these guys a staple in every average Joe’s home, and moms everywhere preached to not let their kids listen to this “devil” music.
What you get here is a high quality Blu-Ray featuring the signature theatrics that only KISS can provide and an unfathomable taste of their live experience. The quality of this Blu Ray is a far cry from the early days of Kissology, Vol. 1: 1974-1977, even though their performances then were just as extraordinary. This is a nice career retrospect of an iconic band that will no doubt be missed when the dust has settled and will leave an palpable effect on yesterday’s and today’s Rock culture.