Sunday, September 26, 2010

Epicenter: KISS Lights Up Fontana

By Vanessa Franko

Despite the strong support for Eminem, it doesn't look like many people left before KISS.

After the drop of a giant black curtain emblazoned with the band's silver logo, Kiss took the stage to close out the first day of Epicenter at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Saturday night.

The iconic '70s rockers performed in full costume and makeup, flanked by shooting flames as they floated to the stage on an elevator-like platform.

Things we noticed in the set from KISS:

Pyro makes everything better.

Dramatic entrances make everything better.

Seeing Gene Simmons' tongue on the Jumbotron is something.

Paul Stanley still has his guitar strut down.

Gene Simmons might have his own wind machine, the way those locks were flowing in the Fontana night.

KISS broadcasted the show on the Armed Forces Radio Network. That is pretty rad.

I really love the KISS pinball machine of my youth.

Going back to the pyro, I am slightly concerned since it is fire season, but we are seemingly far away from flammable mountains.

"Detroit Rock City" never gets old.