Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KISS Play Monster Show In Melbourne

Paul Cashmere www.noise11.com | Picture: Ian Currie Herald Sun

Kiss returned to Melbourne last night with yet another performance of one of the greatest rock shows on Earth.

Kiss in only about one thing – entertainment. Despite Paul Stanley being 61-years old and Gene Simmons being 63, the band attracted all ages. The comic book heroes deliver nothing but a good time. 10-year old kids and their 60-year old grandfathers share the Kiss live experience together.

Lets not overlook some of the greatest pop rock of a number of generations. Kiss have never ranked in the any of the top artist, guitarist, live performance or songwriting lists but in their 60s can still sell-out arena shows around the world. In Melbourne, they are performing two arena shows to 40,000 people.

If you’ve been to a Kiss show you know the story. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are too smart to mess with success. This is a fan driven show generated over decades and based on the songs people want to hear, plus a few new ones. The recent ‘Monster’ album was kept to a two song minimum but both songs blended with the Kiss classics.

The fans came to hear the hits and see the spectacle and Kiss delivered both (as always).

Every Kiss show is larger than life. It has to be. So are they.

The Kiss setlist for Melbourne for March 5, 2013 was:

Detroit Rock City (from Destroyer, 1976)
Shout It Out Loud (from Destroyer, 1976)
Calling Dr Love (from Rock and Roll Over, 1976)
Firehouse (from Kiss, 1974)
Hell or Hallelujah (from Monster, 2012)
Christine Sixteen (from Love Gun, 1977)
Outta This World (from Monster, 2012)
Psycho Circus (from Psycho Circus, 1998)
Bass solo
I Love It Loud (from Creatures of the Night, 1982)
Crazy Crazy Nights (from Crazy Nights, 1987)
War Machine (from Creatures of the Night, 1982)
Love Gun (from Love Gun, 1977)
Rock and Roll All Nite (from Dressed To Kill, 1975)

Lick It Up (from Lick It Up, 1983)
I Was Made For Loving You (from Dynasty, 1979)
Black Diamond (from Kiss, 1974)

Remaining Kiss shows in Australia are:

March 6, Melbourne, Etihad Stadium
March 9 and 10, Sydney, Allphones Arena
March 12, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
March 16, Mackay, Virgin Stadium