Gene Simmons is 62.
Paul Stanley is 61.
Both men are crazy mental mother fuckers.
At the age of 60 plus, most dudes would be happy to be in their Lazy Boy at 10:30 pm each evening. Not this pair. No, they prefer to breathe fire, spit blood and swing on wires, above the heads of 15,000 people! Most of those people will have payed approximately 150$ each to watch this spectacle! Do the math, you too may decide swinging at height on a wire is worth the returns.
October 2012 saw the release of the 20th KISS studio album, MONSTER.
1974 saw the release of the self titled record KISS. The first studio album. Live, it is proven that more of the KISS Army are still loving the older tunes a little better.
Of course the band are in full make-up once again after a break from it in the 80’s and 90’s and with two additional (and permanent) musicians in Tom Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums), the band is once again fluid and simultaneously solid. After a recent tour with younglings Motley Crue, a break would have been a great idea in some minds, but months of live shows has not fazed these grandfathers of Rock n Roll and they are still pulling off a live show with theatrical finesse.
Stanley has notably reigned in his vocal on some songs, but it does no injustice to them and he still delivers an enviable performance.
Pyro, risers and confetti add to the circus that is a KISS show and Stanley quite obviously loves the attention that he is still given by women and other mens women, at a show. Admittedly a nicer ass is quite hard to find on a thirty year old in North America, so you cannot blame the birds!
Are KISS still making original music? Probably not, but classics like Detroit Rock City, I was Made For Loving You and Love Gun will make you jump to your feet and punch your fist in the air at a live show, so it really is irrelevant.
What this really is a family get together. Gene Simmons has successfully turned Sunday lunch into a fucking huge rock extravaganza, with a donation left at the altar of The God Of Thunder on the way in! Instead of selling baked pies, he persuades you to buy a piece of cloth with his face on it. It’s not a pretty face, but you feel compelled to buy anyway!
Keep buying. Gene will need fresh onesies in his retirement home for aged rock moguls one day soon…
It was great to see Strutter Shannon Tweed-Simmons enjoying the show and hanging out with the masses in Canada. Tweed-Simmons will once again be the voice of of Ex-Wives Of Rock, season two on Slice TV, is airing in August in Canada.
Karen Graham July 15th 2013
What a shitty attitude from the blogger. Blech.
Shannon Tweed-Simmons shared this review for me.
I approach all my reviews with facts and fun.
If you think you could do better and get your review shared by Shannon, go ahead.
I really enjoyed the KISS show. I payed my own way in and was accompanied by my 13 year old daughter, who came away with Paul Stanleys guitar pick. I flew to Seattle four hours later to attend the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee show, again with my 13 year old.
If you can’t handle humor and truth you really should stay away from my site.
Just out of curiosity, because I really don’t give a flying fuck what you think Steve. Why did you think that my attitude was shitty? Coming from a twat that is rude and gives no explanation as to his own attitude, it is quite a perplexing comment.
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You say “probably not” making new music. Yet you have a picture of 2012’s “Monster”. Ummmm…..
Jeremy. I don’t want to be rude, but I am going suggest you learn to read and once you can do that revisit the article
I didn’t say KISS fans were smart either!
It clearly says are they making new music, probably not. I cam read just fine. I love how people say they dont want to be rude and then proceed to be rude. Have a nice day
Actually Jeremy, you still have not read correctly. It CLEARLY says “are they still making original music? Probably not…” So different than what you said.
KISS did make a new record last year, yes. Was it original, new and exciting? Probably not. Did it sound like KISS, yes.
Opinion is a personal thing. You didn’t actually make a point on whether you enjoyed it or not and I do try not to be rude, but when you come back a second time to tell me something I wrote is not what I wrote I’m confident my rudeness the first time around was justified and I am entitled to be a bit pissed!
I do proof read what I write!