You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS . . . a phrase that has echoed throughout theaters, arenas and stadiums for the last 40 years and was heard one last time in Anaheim as KISS brought their massive End of the Road Tour to the Honda Center on Tuesday night February 12. After announcing this will be their last tour, the band has plans to circle the globe one last time bringing the greatest show on earth to their fans for a dignified farewell and Thank You.
With dozens of arena rock anthems, an image that is known in every household and merchandise that ranges from KISS condoms to a KISS casket, KISS has paved the way and influenced just about every rock n roll band in existence. With no opening act on this tour, the band just delivers 2 hours of KISS magic that includes all the blood, fire and titillating lyrics you would expect. KISS holds true to their live act they have delivered for years and yes it is somewhat predictable but that is what makes them who they are.
Lowered from the rafters on giant platforms with LOTS of pyro, smoke and lights, the night kicked off with the classic “Detroit Rock City” then right into “Shout it Out Loud” before Paul Stanley addressed the crowd and stated that KISS first played in Anaheim back in 1977 then launching into “Deuce”. At the end of “War Machine”, Gene Simmons made his first big impact on the show as he grabbed his fire spit and blew flames several feet into the air. Drummer Eric Singer had the spotlight next as he killed a drum solo during “100,000 Years” and had the capacity crowd totally captivated throughout. The band continued to play songs from throughout their career and next up was Gene Simmons on vocals for “God of Thunder”.
The Demon took center stage and was raised to the rafters as he spit out a mouthful of blood as he delivered the thumping bass lines to “God of Thunder”. Finally, guitarist Tommy Thayer wearing the Spaceman makeup showed his six-string talents with a guitar solo during “Cold Gin” which Stanley labeled as old-school KISS. Stanley took to a trapeze like contraption and was moved over the crowd to a small stage on the other side of the arena for the songs “Love Gun” and “I was made for Lovin’ You”. KISS ended their main set with “Black Diamond” before Eric Singer came up from the floor sitting at a piano as he sung the first of a three-song encore with “Beth”.
“Do You Love Me” was next before the grand finale and last song “Rock and Roll All Night” as pyro and explosions bombarded the stage followed by confetti canons blasting. The band put on a truly amazing performance and bid farewell to Anaheim for the last time. Thank You KISS for the last 40+ years of entertainment!
KISS Set List:
Detroit Rock City | Shout It Out Loud | Deuce | Say Yeah | Heaven’s on Fire | War Machine | Lick It Up | 100,000 Years (with drum solo) | God of Thunder | Cold Gin (with guitar solo) | Psycho Circus | I Love It Loud | Hide Your Heart | Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll | Love Gun | I Was Made for Lovin’ You | Black Diamond
Encore: Beth (Eric Singer on piano) | Do You Love Me | Rock and Roll All Nite
KISS Photos By Paul Hebert