HSOE Show 3: 7/29/10 - Pittsburgh

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HSOE Show 3: 7/29/10 - Pittsburgh

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Thought I'd give you guys my recap of tonight's Pittsburgh show...I was about 6 rows back on the Paul / Tommy side of the stage. At our show in December, I was about the same distance back on Gene's side, so it was cool seeing it from the opposite side tonight. Even though this was my umpteenth KISS show, I have to say that I still found myself excited enough to get those goosebumps when I heard "ALRIGHT PITTSBURGH!!" come booming out of the P.A. after "Immigrant Song." (I know it's a ridiculous thing to say, but I still wish they would've kept "Won't Get Fooled Again" as the last song before hitting the stage.)

"MDD" opened things up; I have to say that I was a little skeptical about using it as the show opener, but it worked. Paul's voice sounded very good other than the 2 screams in the song, and he held up well for most of the night. "Cold Gin" followed, and outside of a lyric flub by Gene, it was solid. I happen to be a little tired of it, but it seemed to be one of the crowd favorites tonight. "LMGRAR" was up next and was one of the highlights for me. It was a tight performance by all, and Tommy in particular. Say what you want about the man being an Ace clone, etc but on this night, his playing really impressed me.

As Paul warned us that we might have to call the "Firehouse" he kept referencing tonight as being the first show of the tour. I'm not sure how the good people of Cheyenne would feel about that, but hey, who am I to argue? The song rocked (again, great lead playing by Tommy) and of course ended with Gene spitting fire. "Say Yeah" followed and while it didn't quite develop into the sing-along that Paul was trying for, it still seemed to go over well. Up next was "Deuce" ... need I say more? Even though hearing in the middle of the set was odd, the song kicks ass no matter when it gets played. Gene was in terrific voice throughout the evening, this song being no exception.

Paul told the crowd that they hadn't played the next song in 15-20 years and broke into "Crazy Nights." It's so cool to hear them play something out of the ordinary, that even though it's not one of my personal faves, I still love that they're willing to pull something out of mothballs now and then. After "CN" it was time to call out "Dr. Love" (and no, there were no ads for Dr. Pepper on the video screens during the song!) This is one of my favorite songs from the classic KISS era, so it never gets old for me. I did notice during "Dr. Love" that Paul wasn't singing as much backup as usual on Gene's songs tonight, but Eric & Tommy are both capable enough singers to handle it.

The next song did feature Tommy's vocals, but unfortunately, as on the previous leg of the tour, it was "Shock Me" rather than "When Lightning Strikes." I guess they're going for familiarity by having him do "Shock Me", but I agree with many others who say let the man sing his own song rather than one of Ace's trademark tunes. The song led into Eric & Tommy's instrumental showcase, which featured some special FX from TT and some thunderous drumming from Eric. Anyone who thinks KISS would be better off if Peter was still touring with them would think twice if they'd listen to this man on the kit. In a WTF moment, however, he picked up what appeared to be a bazooka and fired it at the lighting truss near the end of the solo spot....didn't see that coming.

The next pair of songs were "I'm an Animal" & "100,000 Years" and it was the only real part of the show where things seemed to lag a bit. Both the crowd & the band were energetic all night, except for this section of the show. "Animal" seemed to fall flat and they would do well to replace it either with a classic Gene song or the consensus KISSFAQers fave "Yes I Know". "100,000 Years" seems to have worn out is welcome and even Paul's audience participation efforts didn't really seem to give it much life. For all his efforts to preserve his voice, he didn't do himself any favors with all the shouting he did during this one.

Gene brought everyone's attention back full-force with a delightfully wicked blood-spitting/flying routine. This was one of several times during the show that I looked around and saw many young kids who were probably at their first show, and thought "man, those kids are so lucky!" Since so many of us have seen the band multiple times, it can be hard to think back & remember what it was like to be seeing this stuff for the first time and having it all be new to us. But seeing those little kids put me right back in that mindset again...it's really pretty awesome for me to still be able to see Gene doing this all these years later.

After "I Love It Loud" (sung from atop the lighting rig of course), they kicked into "Love Gun". Paul made no comments about "coming out to see us", so I was thinking that maybe they had scrapped his flying rig for some reason or another. He sang from the main stage, and again, his voice held up pretty well. Kudos again on the backing vocals, which sounded strong all night long. A crushing one-two punch of "Black Diamond" and "DRC" closed the first part of the show in terrific fashion. As with "Deuce" I'd prefer hearing "DRC" at the top of the show, but who can argue with an all-time classic?

After a short break, they returned to the stage and Paul told us we were in for the longest encore ever. He also made a comment about there being no extra offstage musicians, no lip-synching, no back up dancers, etc. He said it's "just the four of us and that's what rock & roll is all about." With that, they began playing "Beth" to a huge roar of approval. While Eric's voice certainly isn't as unique as Peter's, he is a strong singer and seemed comfortable being out front for this one. I, for one, am glad that they're doing it acoustically rather than having him sing to a tape. After Eric found his way back to the drum kit, "Lick It Up" & "SIOL" followed. "LIU" straight-up rocked, and the inclusion of "Won't Get Fooled Again" only makes the song stronger. "SIOL" isn't one that I usually get excited about live, but this was one of the better renditions that I've ever heard in concert. Tight playing, strong vocals, excellent crowd participation.

Paul finally flew out to the back of the pavillion for "IWMFLY" and while I was turned around watching him, I noticed how full the lawn was. When Doc McGee came out to present the oversized check for the Wounded Warriors charity, it read just under $9,000. It sure looked to me that there were more people there than that, but I had forgotten the deal about getting free kids tickets for every lawn ticket purchased, so that may have been why it looked like there were more people there to me. At any rate, it was a great, energetic, fun crowd (as Pittsburgh always is) and we were treated to "GGRARTY" complete with flashback video footage and a very nice vocal arrangement during the "soft" section of the song. Gene seemed impressed with himself for staying in tune by holding his finger in his ear! The night ended with (what else?) "Rock And Roll All Nite" and pyro galore.

Like I said many times, the band sounded very tight and well-rehearsed. I didn't hear many musical mistakes at all, and other than Gene flubbing one line in "Cold Gin" there were no vocal mistakes either. Paul's voice was good for the most part; did he sound like he did 15-20 years ago? Certainly not, but other than some parts of "IWMFLY" he didn't seem to struggle much either. Gene's vocals sounded fantastic and both Tommy & Eric played out of their skins. Hold it against them all you want for wearing the originals' makeup and even singing their songs, but none of that takes away from their musicianship IMO. It was a really good, fun show that, when I allowed it to, took me back to when I first got into KISS. Seeing so many young kids & teenagers at the show was awesome and made me thankful that KISS is still around for them and for the rest of us.
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Very cool. 8)
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GREAT review C-harpoon!! Pittsburgh rocks..I have been there a few times to see Mercyful Fate and King Diamond on separate occasions along w/a few RAMS Steelers games there...always a delightful crowd everywhere.
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What a great review!
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Indeed a vey fine review. Glad you enjoyed the show. This type of review reminds me of the good old fanzine reviews that used to go into great detail about each song and the effects too - great stuff!
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This just gets me super pumped for my concert tomorrow night, if only they would put Christine Sixteen in the setlist, that is my song and I wanna hear my song in concert before I turn 17 in two months >>

Today i'm going to the mall to get loads of eye liner so I can use to put Paul's star on me, i'm not going full out makeup though with the white and the lipstick, only the star.
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Paul_Stanley_Fangirl16 wrote:This just gets me super pumped for my concert tomorrow night, if only they would put Christine Sixteen in the setlist, that is my song and I wanna hear my song in concert before I turn 17 in two months >>

Today i'm going to the mall to get loads of eye liner so I can use to put Paul's star on me, i'm not going full out makeup though with the white and the lipstick, only the star.
Ah you're going to a show! Make sure you tell us all about it...enjoy :)
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dute wrote:
Paul_Stanley_Fangirl16 wrote:This just gets me super pumped for my concert tomorrow night, if only they would put Christine Sixteen in the setlist, that is my song and I wanna hear my song in concert before I turn 17 in two months >>

Today i'm going to the mall to get loads of eye liner so I can use to put Paul's star on me, i'm not going full out makeup though with the white and the lipstick, only the star.
Ah you're going to a show! Make sure you tell us all about it...enjoy :)
Yup, tomorrow night Hershey Park, I can't wait :D
I'll be sure to tell you guys but, it'll be probably not till Monday because once I get back from the concert i'll of course be tired from the drive which my dad told me will be almost 3 hours and then once I wake up I have to get ready for another concert because i'll be going to see Blue Oyster Cult w/Bad Company so yeah lol
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crimsonharpoon wrote:I have to say that I still found myself excited enough to get those goosebumps when I heard "ALRIGHT PITTSBURGH!!" come booming out of the P.A. after "Immigrant Song." (I know it's a ridiculous thing to say, but I still wish they would've kept "Won't Get Fooled Again" as the last song before hitting the stage.)
I had the same feelings when I saw them the first show on the European tour but they have been using Won't Get Fooled Again for so long, now it was time for a change. Immigrant Song is a powerfull track to built up to the curtain fall.

Good to read you had a great time. 8)
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Paul_Stanley_Fangirl16 wrote:
dute wrote:
Paul_Stanley_Fangirl16 wrote:This just gets me super pumped for my concert tomorrow night, if only they would put Christine Sixteen in the setlist, that is my song and I wanna hear my song in concert before I turn 17 in two months >>

Today i'm going to the mall to get loads of eye liner so I can use to put Paul's star on me, i'm not going full out makeup though with the white and the lipstick, only the star.
Ah you're going to a show! Make sure you tell us all about it...enjoy :)
Yup, tomorrow night Hershey Park, I can't wait :D
I'll be sure to tell you guys but, it'll be probably not till Monday because once I get back from the concert i'll of course be tired from the drive which my dad told me will be almost 3 hours and then once I wake up I have to get ready for another concert because i'll be going to see Blue Oyster Cult w/Bad Company so yeah lol
Whenever you can...and bring us all back some photos...of which most I imagine will be of young Paul ;)
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Thanks for the review. I guess there won't be anymore paid attendance arguments since the amount of the cheque will be the paid attendance.

Free lawn tics for kids is a brilliant idea to help fill up the sheds for atmosphere and house revenue.
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Burgettstown (Pittsburgh), PA
First Niagara Pavilion
Promoter: Live Nation
Opening Act(s): Candlelight Red, The Envy, The Academy Is
Attendance: ? / 23,085 (Max)

Set List(s)
Modern 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
Beth
Lick It Up
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Lovin' You
God Gave Rock And Roll To You II
Rock And Roll All Nite

Set Notes
- First night proper of the US "Hottest Show On Earth."
- First night with the 2010 Eventful/Guitar Center opening band contest winner. KISS reviews the top five voted bands for each city an selects a winner who also receive a $10,000 shopping spree at event partner Guitar Center.
- The Envy, who will be opening for KISS on the tour, were the first band signed to Simmons Records via Universal Music Canada and will release their debut album in the autumn of 2010.
- The Academy Is, who will be opening for KISS on the tour, have a website.
- Doc McGhee presents the CSRA Wounded Warriors project with a check for $8,750.
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Awesome review! I was wonderng if Paul would do the flying rig thing in ampitheaters or not. Glad he is, 'cause my seats for the 8/28 show in Charlotte should be about right where he comes out to! So they kept Crazy Nights in the set from Europe? Cool I guess, I would prefer 'Tears Are Falling' out of the 80's stuff, but that's just me. Can't wait!
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Very cool review.

Is the opening the exact same as SBOE? Do they do the video intro before "Alright..."?
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Excellent review! And I couldnt agree with you more about
"Won't Get Fooled Again". They should DEFINITELY bring
that back before the curtain drop.
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I also thought it was odd that the check only read for a little under $9000 cause it seemed like there were ALOT more people than that.
Very good review. Nice that you went into a little more detail than me.

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Looked great-Thanks for Review
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awsome, great review
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By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Photo by John Heller/Post-Gazette

When Kiss announced a summer tour that would allow four kids in free with an adult lawn ticket, it was natural to envision a circus-like atmosphere with Kiss toy booths dotting the hillside and vendors selling glowsticks that every kid would have to have.

Gene Simmons did after all learn a few things from Ringling Brothers.

That's not the way it was though Thursday night for the second local Kiss show in eight months. There were more little ones than usual in Kiss T-shirts and painted faces, but the band didn't go all Wiggles on us.

Thirty-six years in, the fab four played a typically hard-hitting and explosive Kiss show with all the requisite pyrotechnic thrills and an expanded set that blew well past the usual 11 p.m. curfew.

It did not start, like so many Kiss shows, with The Demon singing the first line of "Deuce": "Get up, and get your grandma outta here!" Grandma, after all, may have been buying the $40 shirt. Plus, Kiss has relevancy and a newish album to sell, so it kicked things off with the "Sonic Boom" single "Modern Day Delilah."

It was one of several changes from the recent Arena show: "Strutter," "Hotter Than Hell" and "Parasite" were scrapped from the set list, replaced by the scorching "Firehouse" (complete with sirens and fire-blowing), "Crazy Crazy Nights," the hit ballad "Beth" and "I'm An Animal," one of the "Sonic Boom" highlights, with its sludgy Sabbath riff and a verse that's nearly rapped.

The kids -- young and old -- got a stage that was pure eye candy with one massive screen and dozens of smaller ones zooming in on the action, as smoke rolled, flashpots flared and fireworks shot up around them.

Musically, however, there are far fewer gimmicks. Star-faced lead singer Paul Stanley, the king of hilarious shrieking stage banter, let us know that it was "just four guys, nobody under the stage," no musical tricks. Sure enough, just as much pyro was coming from guitarist Tommy Thayer, who wears the suit of the beloved Ace Frehley with a fierce purpose. Nearly ever song built to one of his fiery and perfectly executed solos, spanning the range from Berry to Page to Iommi.

All night, Kiss had a blast with the reference points, including Paul teasing "Whole Lotta Love" before "Black Diamond" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" prior to "Shout it Out Loud." Kiss also dug into the Argent songbook for the anthemic power ballad "God Gave Rock and Roll to You," complete with a riff from "All the Young Dudes."

Before getting to "Rock and Roll All Nite," Kiss announced that a check for $8,795 would be donated to the Wounded Warriors foundation, a charity for veterans.

For the kids that did get the thrill of seeing Kiss, Mr. Stanley delivered a promise: "We were there for your moms and dads, and we'll be there for you!"

What They Played

* Modern 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

Encore

* Beth
* Lick It Up
* Shout It Out Loud
* God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II
* Rock and Roll All Nite
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Scott Mervis wrote: Thirty-six years in, the fab four played a typically hard-hitting and explosive Kiss show with all the requisite pyrotechnic thrills and an expanded set that blew well past the usual 11 p.m. curfew.
Which "Fab Four" are they referring to? :lol:
Scott Mervis wrote: It was one of several changes from the recent Arena show: "Strutter," "Hotter Than Hell" and "Parasite" were scrapped from the set list, replaced by the scorching "Firehouse" (complete with sirens and fire-blowing), "Crazy Crazy Nights," the hit ballad "Beth" and "I'm An Animal," one of the "Sonic Boom" highlights, with its sludgy Sabbath riff and a verse that's nearly rapped.
to a casual fan, that is a change to a set list, to a diehard, they don't even notice it :)

Scott Mervis wrote:
All night, Kiss had a blast with the reference points, including Paul teasing "Whole Lotta Love" before "Black Diamond" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" prior to "Shout it Out Loud." Kiss also dug into the Argent songbook for the anthemic power ballad "God Gave Rock and Roll to You," complete with a riff from "All the Young Dudes."
and KISS is having fun with it and it is cool

Scott Mervis wrote: Sure enough, just as much pyro was coming from guitarist Tommy Thayer, who wears the suit of the beloved Ace Frehley with a fierce purpose. Nearly ever song built to one of his fiery and perfectly executed solos, spanning the range from Berry to Page to Iommi.


I love that after Tommy nailed the solo in "I'm an animal" (with a bit of Zepplin thrown in ) He walked over to Paul and Paul reached out and he and Tommy smacked hands.

This line up is fierce as hell and they are having an excellent time.
Paul and Gene are letting Tommy and Eric enjoy the spotlight in a way they never seem to let others have
I have never seen Paul smile so much in one show
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Shawnalize wrote:Awesome review! I was wonderng if Paul would do the flying rig thing in ampitheaters or not. Glad he is, 'cause my seats for the 8/28 show in Charlotte should be about right where he comes out to! So they kept Crazy Nights in the set from Europe? Cool I guess, I would prefer 'Tears Are Falling' out of the 80's stuff, but that's just me. Can't wait!
The last time KISS played at Verizon Ampitheater in Charlotte Paul did the flying rig. It was very cool. Looking forward to the Charlotte show!
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thundergod76 wrote:Excellent review! And I couldnt agree with you more about
"Won't Get Fooled Again". They should DEFINITELY bring
that back before the curtain drop.
100% agreed! It worked so well!
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At a near-capacity show for their recently launched Hottest Show on Earth Tour in Pittsburgh last night, Kiss proved why they are the reigning kings of theater rock, delivering an electric two-hour, 21-song set of glam-rock smashes, newer tunes, over-the-top pyrotechnics and plenty of blood-spitting. "We have a problem that a lot of bands don't: there are a lot of songs we have to play," Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone backstage before the gig. "So it's a matter of mixing it up, but playing what people want to hear."

Check out photos from the summer's hottest shows.

With three massive video screens and bright LED lights, Kiss kicked the show off with fiery jams like "Modern Day Delilah" and "Cold Gin," but the band hit their stride once they launched into "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll," which found Kiss saturated in blinding white light and sent the crowd into a frenzied clap-along. (Dozens of die-hards dressed in full Kiss fatigues while hundreds more donned the band's trademark makeup.) Throughout the gig, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer filled in solidly for original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, especially when Singer reprised Frehley's sparks-shooting guitar solo in "Shock Me." When Criss left the band in 2004, Kiss abandoned playing the fan-favorite "Beth" but they revived their 1976 classic � to date, their highest-charting single ever � for their current tour. "The band is bigger than the members," Stanley told RS. "The idea that some people can be replaced and not all of them would be a little pigheaded and big-headed of me. Gene and I, there are people out there who could do what we do at least as well, if not better. I don't have to be there for it to be Kiss." Stanley added that the band could "absolutely" continue if he and Simmons decided to retire.

While the band delivered fan favorites like a show-closing "Rock and Roll All Nite," Kiss mined their catalog for deeper cuts like the faux-disco 1979 single "I Was Made for Lovin' You," during which Stanley zoomed over the crowd suspended by wires. (Another surprise: "Crazy Nights," the no-makeup-era single that sounded 10 times better as a summer-evening singalong than it did broadcast on MTV in 1987.) Kiss' show was also big on tunes from 2009's Sonic Boom and even those heavy, anthemic songs could have been long-lost tracks to albums like 1976's classic Rock and Roll Over."Sonic Boom was something that fortified us and really united us in the sense that we're now celebrating everything we've done in the past, the present, and where we're going in the future," said Stanley. "Sonic Boom is not the last album. It's the first album in the next phase."

Stanley said that the band plans to go back in to the studio next February and release an album as early as next summer, but in the meantime, Kiss are content to deliver a hit parade for the Hottest Show on Earth tour. "We don't want to fall into the thing where you have to play obscure songs," said Stanley. "I'm a big believer that a song is obscure for a reason: Songs that aren't as popular aren't as good."



just trying figure out what "at a near capacity"means/
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kissthat wrote:By D.X. Ferris

Photo: Mueller/Redferns

At a near-capacity show for their recently launched Hottest Show on Earth Tour in Pittsburgh last night, Kiss proved why they are the reigning kings of theater rock, delivering an electric two-hour, 21-song set of glam-rock smashes, newer tunes, over-the-top pyrotechnics and plenty of blood-spitting. "We have a problem that a lot of bands don't: there are a lot of songs we have to play," Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone backstage before the gig. "So it's a matter of mixing it up, but playing what people want to hear."

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With three massive video screens and bright LED lights, Kiss kicked the show off with fiery jams like "Modern Day Delilah" and "Cold Gin," but the band hit their stride once they launched into "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll," which found Kiss saturated in blinding white light and sent the crowd into a frenzied clap-along. (Dozens of die-hards dressed in full Kiss fatigues while hundreds more donned the band's trademark makeup.) Throughout the gig, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer filled in solidly for original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, especially when Singer reprised Frehley's sparks-shooting guitar solo in "Shock Me." When Criss left the band in 2004, Kiss abandoned playing the fan-favorite "Beth" but they revived their 1976 classic � to date, their highest-charting single ever � for their current tour. "The band is bigger than the members," Stanley told RS. "The idea that some people can be replaced and not all of them would be a little pigheaded and big-headed of me. Gene and I, there are people out there who could do what we do at least as well, if not better. I don't have to be there for it to be Kiss." Stanley added that the band could "absolutely" continue if he and Simmons decided to retire.

While the band delivered fan favorites like a show-closing "Rock and Roll All Nite," Kiss mined their catalog for deeper cuts like the faux-disco 1979 single "I Was Made for Lovin' You," during which Stanley zoomed over the crowd suspended by wires. (Another surprise: "Crazy Nights," the no-makeup-era single that sounded 10 times better as a summer-evening singalong than it did broadcast on MTV in 1987.) Kiss' show was also big on tunes from 2009's Sonic Boom and even those heavy, anthemic songs could have been long-lost tracks to albums like 1976's classic Rock and Roll Over."Sonic Boom was something that fortified us and really united us in the sense that we're now celebrating everything we've done in the past, the present, and where we're going in the future," said Stanley. "Sonic Boom is not the last album. It's the first album in the next phase."

Stanley said that the band plans to go back in to the studio next February and release an album as early as next summer, but in the meantime, Kiss are content to deliver a hit parade for the Hottest Show on Earth tour. "We don't want to fall into the thing where you have to play obscure songs," said Stanley. "I'm a big believer that a song is obscure for a reason: Songs that aren't as popular aren't as good."



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