Thursday, May 27, 2010

KISS And Lotsa Makeup

Written by Dan Nolan

American glam metal legends KISS (looking the same as ever after all these years; how do they do it?) will smear on the slap and squeeze into the latex once more to perform at the Papp Laszlo Sportarena on Friday night.

Perform is the operative word too, as the group came to prominence in the mid-1970s on the back of their extravagantly theatrical live shows that feature silver stack-heeled boots, smoking Flying-Vs and the occasional assisted flight over the audience. These days only the flamboyant co-frontmen, bassist Gene Simmons and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, remain from the quartet who formed Kiss in New York in 1973 and have gone on to sell over 100 million albums.

Touring Europe with their latest, 19th lp Sonic Boom to promote, The Demon (Simmons) and Starchild (Stanley), and relative newbies Spaceman (guitarist Tommy Thayer) and Catman (drummer Eric Singer), have reportedly been performing "Crazy Crazy Nights", "I Was Made for Lovin' You", and "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II" - which they adopted from Brit band Argent and made their own for Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey in 1991 - alongside "Modern Day Delilah", "Say Yeah" and "I'm An Animal" from the new album.

Concert goers can also expect a little more than the standard "hello Bucharest", "koszonom" and "sziastok" on Friday night, as Simmons was born to Hungarian parents and speaks the language fluently.

Now in their 50s and 60s, KISS will clearly never stop rocking now and underlined that point by becoming the first band to add an official coffin to the usual merchandising fare of T-shirts and tour programmes a few years ago. The KISS Kasket features the band's logo and pictures of its members, and is waterproof, so can also act as giant drinks cooler, for those who just can't wait to use it.

The ticket

The KISS - Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom Tour 2010 comes to the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena,Stefania ut 2, District XIV. (061) 422-2600 on Friday 28 May from 8pm. Tickets HUF 12,500 to HUF 19,900 More information at