KISS – SECC, Glasgow 9th May 2010

The last time KISS performed in Glasgow they performed at the famous Glasgow Apollo, Glasgow’s premier gig venue which was open between 1973 and 1985 when it was closed and to be demolished two years later after a fire made the building unsafe. Now what was the key gig venue in gig city, is now the world’s tallest cinema, hardly a tribute to a location which has seen every superstar stand on its stage.

Though KISS are back and what only seemed like a dream to be at a KISS performance, every second of the night was to be remembered, well except for 1800 or so seconds that support act, Taking Dawn took to the stage.

Chris Babbitt made a statement during their performance, “We’re Roadrunners latest mistake”, which I could overhear people saying “damn right” too. I honestly cannot praise anything about the bands performance, it was flawed from the moment they start skipping on stage to the final song ended and Chris got caught in the crowd when he decided he was hardcore to crowd surf and the fans couldn’t give a toss if he got back to the stage.

After telling the crowd that they were from Las Vegas for the eighth time, the band performed their cover of ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac. A moment that got the crowd involved but not for them, for the sole fact that the crowd enjoy a Fleetwood Mac classic.

Taking Dawn in fact made me worry about KISS coming on stage as for 90% of their performance the guitars overpowered the vocals making it impossible to hear Chris.

Finally after leaving the stage and the short break before KISS kicked in their two and a half hour set, we were ready.

The screens to the side of the stage kick in with Google Earth, zooming into Glasgow and the SECC arena before switching to KISS stomping through a city in their 8 inch platforms. The screen flicks to KISS coming through backstage, each member making the crowd go wild with a little play for the camera, the arena goes black and BOOM on come KISS over drummer Eric Singer on a moving stage as they open ‘Modern Day Delilah’.

After opening the performance Paul Stanley took time to talk to the crowd and remembering his time at the Apollo from at least 25 years ago.

KISS included some classic songs from the beginning of their legendary career, starting off like ‘Cold Gin’ as the second song on their twenty song set list which you can see at the end.

The gig was everything you would expect from a KISS gig and nothing less. Fire, fireworks, pyros, rotating platforms, rising floor sections, flying, swinging and a whole lot more. From Paul Stanley swinging over the full audience to a rotating platform in front of the seated area of the audience and Gene Simmons spitting blood and flying to a platform on the lighting support above the crowd, the entertainment value was just unbeatable. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singers dual performance on stage with Tommy using the signature Ace Frehley rocket firing from his guitar and Eric Singer taking a rocket launcher to destroy part of the stage, the full night is unforgettable.

After performing their fifteenth song of the night, ‘Detroit Rock City’, the band took just over a minute off stage before they returned to begin the world longest encore. The live recording of the gig marks the encore in at 30 minutes and 19 seconds.

When the band joined together back on stage, Stanley stated that he did not care when you showed up to the KISS army, he didn’t care how long you have been with them, as long as the fans are here, KISS will be here and he showed his appreciation with the rest of the members by kicking into another strong performance of ‘Lick It Up’.

After two songs into their encore, Stanley wanted the fans to scream his name if they wanted him out there with him and the crowd responded. Paul grabbed onto a swing at the side of the stage and went from the stage, all the way to the back of the standing area, right in front of the seated fans to perform ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’.

Returning to the stage, Stanley spoke of the bands who tell you who to vote for, saving the whales, atomic energy and a host of other topics, (basically think Bono and every word that comes out of his mouth), he wanted everyone to know that if you came to hear a band talk about all that, “you came to the wrong place tonight Glasgow. You know something, we can change the world but we’re not going to do it tonight. I got a lot of questions but I know one thing, god gave us all something. God gave it to me! God gave it to you! So you know what, if we don’t use it, we’re going to lose it. God gave rock and roll to you!”

They went on to finish on ‘God Gave Rock And Roll To You’ and ‘Rock And Roll All Nite’ before bowing off the stage after the most entertaining gig that I have ever witnessed.

At the age of 60, Gene Simmons performance over the full night was flawless and to see the legends taking the stage here in Glasgow again, for possibly the last time ever, unless they do a world tour with a new album in 18 months, it was such an unforgettable night.

If you ever have the chance to be at a KISS performance, even if you hate their music with passion, you simply must go or give me your ticket!

Set list:

  1. Modern Day Delilah
  2. Cold Gin
  3. Let Me Go Rock ‘N’ Roll
  4. Firehouse
  5. Say Yeah
  6. Deuce
  7. Crazy Nights
  8. Calling Dr. Love
  9. Shock Me
  10. I’m An Animal
  11. 100,000 Years
  12. I Love It Loud
  13. Love Gun
  14. Black Diamond
  15. Detroit Rock City
  16. Lick It Up
  17. Shout it Out Loud
  18. I Was Made For Lovin’ You
  19. God Gave Rock And Roll To You
  20. Rock And Roll All Nite

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