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Wembley Arena, London 13 May 2010
March Kiss burned out everyone's retina at the tiny Islington Academy in
a one off show to promote the 'Sonic Boom' tour. Tonight Kiss are
back where they belong, on stage in the big arena bringing with them 17
trucks of equipment, 5 tour buses, a road crew of 50 and sackfulls of
the daunting task of supporting them is young Las Vegas rockers
Taking Dawn who are fresh from recently supporting Airbourne.
Coming on stage to an intro tape of Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' from
the Rocky III soundtrack, Taking Dawn soon get in the ring and make the
most of the stage. The melodic 'Save Me' with it's Bon Jovish
woahs and the Y&T feel of 'Endlessly' are knock out tunes.
Frontman Chris Babbitt proudly displays his Kiss Army shirt before
storming into the Skid Row brattish attack of their title track 'Time To
Burn'. There are more early day Bon Jovi similarities in the
'Runaway' chorus of 'Take Me Away', but at the final bell they win on
points with a suckerpunch cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'The Chain'. I
would like to see them again, where they would be more suited to a club
gig this early in their career.
are a band who could buy Las Vegas and show us what entertainment is
really all about. Arriving in their platform boots high above our
heads on a platform from rock 'n roll heaven, Kiss descend onto the
stage in an explosion of pyros from hell, storming into the opening
track from 'Sonic Boom' the fist punching 'Modern Day Delilah', the
crowd goes crazy.
is the Simmons/Stanley show where we are captivated by their every move.
Gene Simmons sways his armadillo metal crotch to the unsuspecting
females down the front, Paul Stanley struts his backside to the audience
in his starry black spandex trousers.
times looks like the Predator after a blood thirsty bout with Arnold
Schwarzenegger whilst Stanley is still camper than a row of tents, who
when trying to split the audience in half reminded me of the French mime
artist Marcel Marceau.
about Space Ace and the Cat? This is the strongest live Kiss line up
I've ever seen. New boy Tommy Thayer who has amazingly now been in the
band for eight years, handles all the Frehley riffs with aplomb
delivering great vocals on 'Shock Me'. Literally on the drum riser Eric
Singer looks cool behind the drum kit ,surprises me with his voice on
'Black Diamond' .At one time Singer holds up a bazooka and blasts out
the lighting rig. Pantomime at it's best.
Simmons flies to the top of the lighting rig for 'I Love It Loud'
looking like the devil holding Sunday service. 'Detroit Rock City'
ending the main set had us all begging for more.
five song encore Kiss show off their influences as 'Lick It Up' segues
into the Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' with Stanley swinging the
microphone lead around his neck. Paul Stanley then flies above the
crowd into the centre of the arena for the sing-a-long of the disco
floor filler 'I Was Made For Loving You'.
end of the Kiss anthem 'Rock And Roll All Nite' an avalanche of confetti
blinds Wembley to an ecstatic reaction. I still kept finding tons
of the stuff in my pockets hours after the show, there was so much of
wanted the best, we got the best, the best is still yet to come from
Kiss but it can't get much better than this. Our comic book heroes
were simply Marvellous.
Set list : Mordern Day Delilah / Cold Gin / Let Me Go Rock 'N Roll /
Firehouse / Say Yeah! / Deuce / Crazy Crazy Nights / Calling Dr Love /
Shock Me / I'm An Animal / 100,000 Years / I Love It Loud / Love Gun /
Black Diamond /Detroit Rock City ..encores.. Lick It Up / Shout It Out
Loud / I Was Made For Loving You / God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You II /
Rock and Roll All Nite
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