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KISS Entertain At Philips Arena Monday Night

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KISS brought their KISS:Alive 35 tour to Philips Arena Monday night, October 26, 2009. Buckcherry opened the show. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN KISS ON TOUR? SHOULD THEY HANG IT UP OR DO THEY STILL KNOW HOW TO ROCK AND DELIVER THE GOODS?

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Big Jon

October 27th, 2009
6:08 am

I first saw KISS at the Omni on December 5, 1975. They still Rock. Join the KISS ARMY NOW! Gene wants you!! Great Show! They have still got it.

Stevie G Rockerz

October 27th, 2009
6:23 am

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen KISS. Every line up has something different about them but every version of the band make up or not kicks! I first saw them 30 years ago and now my kids and thier families are going to continue the tradition. We still miss Ace and Peter though.

shaggy

October 27th, 2009
6:36 am

They were a tired 3 chord band in 1975 and they are even more tired today. The show is predictable, feed the masses fare of pyros and silly cosmetics. However, you gotta hand it to Gene Simmons. He is a charlatan cast from the mold of P.T. Barnum, and he has made several fortunes on marketing a bland, mindless product to bland, mindless consumers.

American

October 27th, 2009
6:50 am

shaggy get a life they were GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!As usual!!!!!!! Hey I’ve got it DON’T COME!!!! THEY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THERE SHOWS!!!!

David

October 27th, 2009
7:00 am

I saw AC/DC for free Friday night and was thinking yesterday afternoon if I would even go see KISS for free if offered. Then found out I missed a phone call from a friend offering a free ticket. I returned the call, so I guess I would have gone for free (but was too late)! Anyway, I have to admit that setlist looked pretty good because the ONLY way I’d enjoy a KISS show would be 90% 70’s tunes. I remember seeing them in 1983 when I was 18 and I was little embarrassed at the time (thought I was too old). Guess that makeup can help cover the fact that they are old farts in a travelling Broadway production.

Deke

October 27th, 2009
7:16 am

I’ve been a KISS fan my entire life, but I couldn’t force myself to go last night. They’re now little more than their own tribute band. In 1996, I paid less than $100 to see two shows at the Omni with the original members. Last night’s ticket was $130+ for two original members, and two hired guns wearing the makeup and playing the songs of the absent originals. No, thanks.

Rod

October 27th, 2009
7:28 am

Hey David (your 7:00am post) – just because someone is old, doesn’t make them a fart. Being old and a jerk does. That’s why YOU’RE the OLD FART.

David

October 27th, 2009
7:38 am

Good one Rod!!! Old fart is such a derogatory term, huh? I consider myself an old fart. But one who is still interested in the current music scene, not just what happened 30 years ago. Although I will say this… Buckcherry is quite possibly the worst name I’ve ever heard. Hell, it might even be worse than Hootie and the Blowfish.

Gotta run… have a KISS convention I have to attend. I’m hoping to score an Ace Frehley doll under $300. Rock on!

Debdoes

October 27th, 2009
7:44 am

A 20 something-year-old couple in Pensacola saw Kiss last week and said, ‘it was The Best concert we have ever seen’…all the pyro, special effects, Genie flying around…..hate I missed it last night.

Susan

October 27th, 2009
7:55 am

Seriously? You’d only go for their stuff from the 70s? Their music was good back then, but the lyrics were crap!

Jeff

October 27th, 2009
8:10 am

Because last night was a school night, I took my two teenagers to see Kiss in Birmingham on Saturday night. For me, it was a 70’s flashback. My kids described it like going to the circus, only louder.
We had a great time and Kiss still rocks!

peaches

October 27th, 2009
8:11 am

KISS was and always will be one of the great Live Rock Shows evr!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice pics !!

Chris

October 27th, 2009
8:14 am

I went last night and must say that I absolutely did not enjoy the set list for the most part. I know that the new cd has sold a lot, but I don’t think anyone wanted to hear the songs. The crowd seemed displeased for a number of songs that I wouldn’t consider to be their best. The encore was great. They should’ve been playing those hits the the whole night.

American Mother

October 27th, 2009
8:21 am

I saw KISS at Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom – back in the 70’s – was up by the stage talking to a friend of mine that worked there and all of a sudden they decided to do an ancore and you would NOT believe what I saw!!!! These girls were climbing up on the stage toward Gene Simmons knawing at his crotch and his tongue was out a mile and I thought for sure – I was trippin’!!!!!! What a Hoot is was!!!!

Mark

October 27th, 2009
8:25 am

Keep in mind that KISS has always been a LIVE band – their studio albums have disappointed me but their live albums and their shows just kick butt, It has to be experienced at least once. I caught their 10th anniversary tour, 20th anniversary tour and now their 35th anniversary tour, in venues as large as Phillips and as small as the Hulman Civic Center in Terre Haute IN (10,000 seats) and they always have the sound dialed in perfectly for the venue. I had a ball sitting next to the other “old farts” who remember the old shows amd singing along with all the old favorites. OK, they are getting up there in age – they are about ready for the “Come see them before they die” tour like the Rolling Stones, and it does seem wrong somehow to have a bunch of AARP members up on stage in high-heels, black leather and makeup – but hey they had as much energy as their opening act and acts half their age! More power to ‘em for that – keep it up as long as they can!

Lloyd Braun

October 27th, 2009
8:57 am

there music sux. always has sucked. and will continue to suck.

but if the show and entertains a bunch of half-wits, no one gets murdered or anything really bad – just some harmless sucking.

Chemdude

October 27th, 2009
9:09 am

Saw the show at Phillips last night with my 11 yr old son. We had a blast! The show was fantastic – fire, explosions,Gene flying through the air, loud rock and roll – how can you beat that?! Hey, they aren’t like Led Zepplin, Rush, or other accomplished rock acts, they are KISS – a fun band to go see that basically don’t challenge themselves musically, but the songs are fun to sing along to and bring back great memories. (However, Tommy Thayer is one kick butt lead guitarist!). And staying together for 35 years? (at least Gene and Paul) – that is an accomplishment in itself !! Long live KISS!

Gene Simmons.

October 27th, 2009
9:20 am

Only one picture of the LEAD guitarist, Ace Frehley? One of the most underrated rock guitarist ever. Sad most people dont recognize true talent.

Harvey WallBanger

October 27th, 2009
9:23 am

Tommy Thayer? If Ace isnt with them I wouldnt even bother. Genes schtick is so over played and old it has become routine and boring. Paul just wants to jump around and dance like some kinda 21 year old stripper.

Without Ace there is no kiss.

David

October 27th, 2009
9:26 am

Gene, someone mentioned earlier that Ace isn’t in the band anymore.

Hump-Diddy Deeballz

October 27th, 2009
9:27 am

Think listening to their CD’s is excitement enough as the concerts now are probably a big letdown. Back in the 70’s with Peter and Ace Im sure they lived up to the hype. Nowadays highly unlikely and why bother.

Most of you posting about how great the show was think Ringling Bros Barnum/Bailey circus is also a great show. Kinda proves just how STUPID you all are.

Agree with WallBanger. No Ace, No kiss.

vick

October 27th, 2009
9:46 am

They need to change “Detroit rock city” to “Detroit crap city”

Mark

October 27th, 2009
10:15 am

Gotta love the comments from people like Hump-Diddy who didn’t see the show, can’t be bothered to see the show, apparently have never seen the show yet just KNOW that it just has to “probably be a let down”. I’m happy that you are one of the elite who can judge a show without leaving your lay-z-boy recliner. I’m happy being one of the stupid ones who went out, saw the show and really enjoyed myself. But then again I also enjoy RB/BB circuses so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter. You don’t like their music? Then don’t go to the show. But why bust on those of us who do enjoy it? That’s just sad.

And by the way, yes I liked Ace’s playing back in the day, and it’s regretable that he felt he couldn’t be happy riding this particular gravy train any longer. But he was not KISS. Gene or Paul are not KISS. KISS is the group, the experience, the whole is more than the sum of the parts.

Annette

October 27th, 2009
10:28 am

KISS is about having a good time and not taking life so seriously. That is what being a KISS fan is all about. The shows they offer give the fans an opportunity to escape..if only for a few hours…the sad reality that we all face in the real world. By the way…did you know that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus has exsisted since 1907 entertaining people for over 100 years. KISS has been together more than 35 years and are known in every country of the world. My question is to the critics of KISS…what do you have to offer..and will anyone ever remember your name???

Why

October 27th, 2009
10:56 am

I can tell you why the bands of old are making a splash still today…it is because today’s music sucks!!! Duran Duran, Boston, KISS, David Bowe, etc are making a killing off of today’s music lovers because the bands of today are terrible. When music gets back to its roots again, talking old school Floyd, Zep, etc then those 70’s bands will finally retire as they wont have an audience.

Rectal Bleeding

October 27th, 2009
11:20 am

This just illustrates how messed up we are. A fad act from the 70s who’s only appeal to brain dead teenagers was the noise and explosions can still maintain a high level of fan support.

Evolution has failed us again. Most of you that were brain dead teens should have been dead by now, yet somehow you survived. Try to stay off the highways please.

NegNews

October 27th, 2009
11:25 am

Why, you hit the nail on the head. Most of the music today sucks!! I’ve gone back to old bands/musicians just to enjoyed music again.

Rectal Bleeding

October 27th, 2009
11:27 am

Wait?….The new music sucks? Kiss is the architect of suck music. Maybe some of you should climb in to the 21st century.

KISS STILL CAN ROCK

October 27th, 2009
11:27 am

I seen kiss 9 times. Monday song line up wasn’t great. ROCK THE NATION TOUR was far better.

larry johnson

October 27th, 2009
11:29 am

Cineprov!, Atlantas premier movie mockery show is riffing on Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park this friday night at Relapse Theater at 8 pm. http://WWW.Cineprov.com for more details!

Another manic Monday

October 27th, 2009
11:31 am

Could anyone understand 1 word BuckCherry was saying?

c.j.

October 27th, 2009
11:33 am

I thought without Criss and Ace, it would be lackluster, but the other guys sang and performed great. The spectacle that is KISS rules the rock world, maybe the rock bands of today could get a clue. Great choice for Buckcherry to open.

Paul Stanley kept saying Birmingham, Ala crowd was louder

October 27th, 2009
11:38 am

Than Atlanta crowd. Pretty funny every time Paul made the remark.

Ace Frehley

October 27th, 2009
11:42 am

Hump Diddy has made the most sense of all. I decided to move on from Kiss and sometime yea, kinda regret it. However, the Gene and Paul show was getting quite repititious and more like a vaudeville act. How often can one blow fire and it remain cool.

The KISS days were great days for me, absolutely. Thanks to Humpy for recognizing my guitar playing styles and while perhaps not one of the best I at times feel looked over.

Now please enjoy the show, noticed I stated show not rock concert, but try not to be so much like the trekkies.

COLD GIN
ROCKET RIDE
TWO SIDES OF THE COIN

Mikey J

October 27th, 2009
11:42 am

I was there awesome show long time fan of the band first time live, and Buckcherry please Kiss get a real group to open, all they did was scream and run around on stage , they Su^&. Took my nephew to his first arena concert he had a blast . Saw alot of parents there with there kids, aint life grand .

Kisser

October 27th, 2009
11:44 am

What a bunch of losers taking your children to this show. Unreal that we actually live in a country where “parents” like these are “raising” their kids. No wonder we’re going down the toilet as a country.

World Be Free

October 27th, 2009
12:13 pm

That was fun-type louder, I can’t hear today.

steveh

October 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

I’ve seen Kiss in the past. I cannot remember the year, but Ted Nugent was the opening act.

No one can legitimately argue that they are anything special as musicians – mediocre would be generous. But they do put on a great live show. However, for the life of me I do not understand why ANY parent would consider taking their children to a Kiss concert.

straydawg

October 27th, 2009
12:22 pm

I never was a KISS fan, but decided to finally see a show in ‘96 in Tampa. Those guys were horrible…all originals too…now I know why Ace isnt with them…he cant play…im not sure if he ever could, but you would think being a power chord band that he could at least be proficient at that…I was embarrassed for them…at that was 13 years ago…leave the power chord fare to AC/DC…they do it much better

KISSIn Hiney

October 27th, 2009
12:26 pm

Time was when a great concert was considered one that parents objected to their kids attending. That one fact in and of itself proves this KISS-debacle was just that. Nothing more than strip mall parking lot carnival for the kiddies.

Sad sad sad.

KISSIn Hiney

October 27th, 2009
12:27 pm

AC/DC with Bon Scott was great, however, after he died AC/DC was just another overhyped crappy band.

Steve C

October 27th, 2009
12:29 pm

Jeez people. What makes your musical tastes “better” than someone elses? KISS never professed to be Grammy winners, but their stage show and presence has been their main appeal for years. And they got rich, and are getting richer, continuing it. Some musicians may prefer to “not sell out” and “stay true to their music” but they generally are playing to 100 people in a bar.

Steve C

October 27th, 2009
12:32 pm

Nothing worse than music snobs. Maybe they weren’t trying to appeal to you when they wrote songs that sold tens of millions of albums.

Rectal Bleeding

October 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

Nothing snobbish about music tastes. If it looks like a turd and smells like a turd……….

KT

October 27th, 2009
12:40 pm

Was a Kiss nut when I was a kld. Still enjoy their early stuff. Their music is so simple to play, how could they not still Rock. I’ve taught my teenage boys how to play alot of Kiss and AC/DC. Two very simple 3 cord bands who made it big on catchy hooks, and riffs.

Rectal Bleeding

October 27th, 2009
12:43 pm

Also, I never said the appeal was their music. It was the inane display of make up and explosions that garnered the attention. That’s why they sold tens of millions of albums…..That, and the millions of idiots that would fork over money for that stuff.

Hot dawg

October 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Ace Frehley a crappy guitar player? Hmmm ever listen to his solos on

Strutter
Detriot Crap City (lol see upstairs)
Calling Dr Love
Deuce
Love Gun

I beg you to reconsider.

Alternate + F8

October 27th, 2009
12:48 pm

You suck Steve C, C for Cesspool.

Steve C

October 27th, 2009
12:55 pm

Witty, nice comeback. That was about as intelligent as a C-F-G 3 chord progression from a KISS song.

Dr Funkenstein

October 27th, 2009
12:55 pm

Most bands of the 70’s had their heyday and Dr Funkenstein prefers to look back in AWE vs revisit for a more than likely disappointment.

Check out “The Parlor Mob” CD “And you were a crow!! Excellent listening.

And yes…Ace Frehley is one of the most overlooked, underrated guitarists ever!