Picture gallery: Kiss
SECC, Glasgow Sun 9th May 2010
This article is from 2010.
Tonight's opening declaration - "You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world: KISS!" - can be taken very literally, as the bands Sonic Boom Tour landed in Glasgow amid an inferno of 40ft high bellowing flames and exploding pyrotechnics.
The career-encompassing set included new numbers such as 'Modern Day Delilah' and 'I'm An Animal', as well as classic hits such as 'Crazy Crazy Nights', 'Love Gun' and the highlight 'I Was Made For Lovin' You'. As the show progressed, so did the intensity of the scorching flames, and by the time the aptly entitled 'Firehouse' cam around, the heat could be felt at the back of the audience.
This was no time or place for subtlety, but rather for all-out stimulating aesthetics, glorious melodrama and larger than life showmanship. From the dazzling multi-coloured light show, giant neon flashing KISS sign and battery of huge screens, to the flamboyantly outlandish outfits and their trademark theatrical make up (which also adorned many fans), it was apparent that KISS mania had been well and truly resurrected.
The array of spellbinding theatrics that ensued included Tommy Thayer shooting fireworks from his guitar, singer Paul Stanley’s awe-inspiring stunt of flying over the crowd on a motorised swing (while still orchestrating the crowd to sing) and the infamous Gene Simmons fully embracing his Demon onstage alter-ego by striking up horned salutes and regularly whipping out his tongue.
Live, KISS are like no other act, and as the engaging Paul Stanley declared "We’re having an incredible time" they launched into their stirring anthem 'God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II', inciting the 10,000-strong audience to wave their hands in the air and sing along. 'Rock N Roll All Nite' concluded the show in a hail of Confetti.
Their music may not change the world, but their hugely entertaining performance undoubtly puts many a contemporary stadium bands in the shade. A timeless performance from one of the all time greats of rock ‘n’ roll.