Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KISS Bring Intimacy To 13,000 Fans At Etihad Stadium Show In Melbourne

 www.heraldsun.com.au | Picture: Ian Currie

THERE aren't many who've been intimate with 13,000 people. Unless you're Ron Jeremy.

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But for US rock band Kiss bigger has always been better and playing to 13,000 fans at Etihad Stadium is classified as being in 'intimate' mode.

Melbourne is Kiss HQ in Australia and the band and the Kiss Army know it.

One thing has changed since the last time they addressed the local chapter of the Army - a new Kiss album.

However so loyal are Kiss fans even the dreaded "here's one from the latest record" introduction only provokes a mild exodus to the bar.

Otherwise they deliver exactly what the fans want - Kiss klassics Shout It Out Loud, Detroit Rock City, I Love it Loud, I Was Made for Loving You, Lick It Up, Love Gun, Rock and Roll All Night - and the obligatory fire-breathing, blood spurting and flying guitarists. And lots and lots of pyro.

The setlist has changed slightly since their Perth and Adelaide shows - with 70s fave Christine Sixteen and 80s hit Crazy Crazy Nights in the mix, the latter with a rare mistake from the band.

Alas Melbourne missed out on Shandi, the soft rocker that was only a massive hit in Australia - boo.

If you want to see genuine devotion that spans generations - and tips on making millions through merchandise - you must see Kiss at least once.

And credit to feathered frontman Paul Stanley's surgeon - since his double hip replacement the 61 year old is busting some serious rock yoga moves.

And Stanley's still got some of the most amusing between song banter in rock, dusting off his old favorite

"Australia has always welcomed us with open arms... and open legs."

And when Stanley says "we want to take a picture with you" the audience don't charge $1500 like the band did as part of their VIP packages.

Warming the stage for Kiss, Motley Crüe pulled out their usual hits and tricks with a few additions.

Tommy Lee performed his upside down drumming stunt whilst playing along to Skrillex. Now a DJ, Lee gave the rock loving audience possibly their first taste of dubstep.

And with near naked women half their age gyrating on stage and constant cursing the band gave the large number of kids present an early lesson in anatomy and salty language.

Tickets are still available for the final Melbourne show at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

The tour visits Sydney on Saturday and Sunday and Brisbane on Tuesday.

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