08/31/2016

Review: KISS Rocked The BJC All Nite

By Steve Connelly / http://onwardstate.com
Photo By: Dana Lipshutz

“You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world: KISS.”

State College wanted the 70s rock band, and they got it here to the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday night. This was KISS’s fourth trip to Penn State, with its most recent trip coming in 2000.

This “Freedom To Rock” tour stop opened with the Dead Daises. After a near hour long performance from the Australian-American rock band, KISS finally took the stage.

The band played hit classics like “Shout It Out Loud” in its the early part of its set. The crowd was revved up and the stage was ablaze with an array of pyrotechnics. This may have been the band’s fourth appearance in Happy Valley, but no one treated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band as a repeat performer.

If there’s one thing Paul Stanley aimed to make clear by the end of the night, it was that the performance was all real and all them.

“There is nobody playing instruments offstage. There is nobody singing offstage,” Stanley said. “We are a Rock-N-Roll band.”
Stanley and Gene Simmons spent portions of the night flying above the stage and gliding over the crowd. The two were showing they can turn back the clock and perform just like its hotter than Hell in 1974.

KISS turned the spotlight later in the show to those who give them the freedom to rock, United States military members. Stanley announced that $150,000 in tour proceeds would go to Hire Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.

KISS finished off the concert with their timeless hit, “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Confetti shot into the stands, the stage was lit ablaze one more time, and Stanley said goodbye by smashing his guitar.

 

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