N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

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N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

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- This show was cancelled, due to extensive damage to the venue caused by severe flooding, making it impossible to safely host any event at the venue. Focus had to be getting the venue in order for the hockey season starting in October with it needing to be stripped back to the concrete for repairs.

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Re: N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

Post by kissthat » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:24 am

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These cats came back ... and thanks for that!

After completing the Monster tour in Japan last week, logistically, reasonably, realistically and cost effectively, it made no sense to schedule a one-off show 8,007 kilometers away.

But, then again ... this is no ordinary band.

For you Calgary, the masters of classic shock weren’t about to blow this one off. No damn way.

During the third rescheduled Calgary Stampede arena show in the past eight days, KISS proved once and for all that the best kind of fun is big, dumb fun.

And you can bet your Originals lunchbox on it.

The lights, the smoke, the bombs, the sparks, the blood, the fire, the fans, the spectacle and, uh, some tasty classic rock nuggets, which have stood the test of time rather well, makes the entire experience a memorable one ­— no matter how old or young you are.

Listen, if you were nine years old when Love Gun came out in 1977, last night was a can’t miss.

What’s interesting was watching the healthy contingent of teens and 20-somethings, jaws on the arena floor, experiencing the obvious magic of KISS for the very first time.

Parents there with their grown children, and even grandchildren (many in full kabuki greasepaint) created a warm rock and roll emotion only made possible by a band with a 40-year history.

On a massive stage production loaded with all the bells and whistles, all hell broke loose with set opener Psycho Circus (a curious choice when you’re already revved for Detroit Rock City), which quickly segued into the Destroyer classic, Shout It Out Loud.

“How ya’ doin’ Calgary?!” singer-guitarist Paul Stanley quizzed the adoring masses, receiving a thunderous roar in return.

“Ya know, we were planning on coming here quite awhile ago ... nothing is going to keep rock and roll and KISS away from Calgary!”

The wonderfully diverse Calgary edition of the KISS Army cheered long and loud as their heroes launched into Do You Love Me, I Love It Loud and Hell Or Hallelujah from last year’s Monster album.

Many of last night’s live song choices may have not encapsulated a fan’s dream set list, but it’s good to know that after 40 years, KISS can still leave you wanting more.

Listen, Paul Stanley is a great rock singer — always has been — and Gene Simmons is a great entertainer — always has been. If longevity equates to greatness on some level, it’s easy to answer the question: Why change a thing?

Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums) are no Ace and Peter, despite the fact that they’re both infinitely more proficient on their instruments. But for anyone who considers KISS more of a brand than a band ... well, you’re just dead wrong.

There’s still some great rock and roll in them bones — and you can bet your first-edition KISS comic books on that.

The doom-laden Creatures Of The Night nugget, War Machine, brought forth the Simmons fire-breathing routine (it never gets old), followed by Heaven’s On Fire and Calling Dr. Love, before Thayer stole Ace’s old thunder on Shock Me.

Simmons was back up to his old blood-hurling tricks leading up to God Of Thunder, followed by the Starchild’s tour de force of Love Gun and main set closer, Black Diamond.

The expected encore heavy artillery included Detroit Rock City, the group’s admittedly catchy disco foray, I Was Made For Loving You and of course the fist-pumping anthem of anthems, Rock & Roll All Nite — complete with the inevitable and welcome confetti storm.

This is what it takes to last for four decades. It can’t last forever, but sometimes it feels as if it might ...

Opening the show was hard British blues rock trio, Leogun. Taking its cue from the school of Cream, Thin Lizzy and the mighty Zeppelin, these dudes may well have been KISS jamming it out in a rehearsal space in Kent rather than Queens, N.Y. in 1973.

Head-shaking frontman Tommy Smith led the serious old-school power trio through heavy duty, soulful and crunchy bursts such as What’s It Gonna Take, Let’s Be Friends, Medicine, Every Day and Piggy In The Middle.

No one had a clue who Leogun were at 7:30 p.m. By 8:30, 12,500 people were wondering what the hell had just hit them. Ain’t that what it’s all about?

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Re: N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

Post by RisingForce » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:42 am

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Kiss delivers familiar spectacle to enthusiastic fans

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Gene Simmons, left, and Paul Stanley of Kiss whoop it up onstage at the Saddledome Friday night November 8, 2013 in the concert reschduled from July’s flood-affected Calghary Stampede.
Photograph by: Ted Rhodes , Calgary Herald

After 40 years of perfecting flash-over-substance theatrical rock, it’s hard to imagine anyone going to a Kiss concert these days not knowing what to expect. Give Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and those other two guys credit, they have dutifully carried on as shock rockers long after their rock has had any real ability to shock. But calling them relics is a little churlish, and probably beside the point given the rousing reception they received Friday night at the Saddledome. Like a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Kiss concert is about exacting, well-rehearsed consistency and familiar spectacle.

This is not to say the boys didn’t occasionally show their age. Stanley even joked they have been coming to Calgary far longer than some audience members “have been around.” Opening with the somewhat stiff rocker Psycho Circus, his voice initially seemed shockingly thin and off-key, not that vocal prowess was ever really his strong suit. But it wasn’t until Simmons stepped up for a charging run through 1982’s I Love it Loud, still one of the more tuneful of their hits, that the pieces seemed to click into place.

“Nothing is going to keep Kiss and rock and roll from Calgary,” Stanley yowled during the first of many hoarse, crowd-baiting breaks, referring to the fact the show was initially to be a Stampede concert before the floods intervened. Yes, while the night may have been as choreographed as a Stage West farce, it was hard not to buy into the idea that Gene, Paul and the boys were breaking out their A game just for us. The enthusiasm of a Kiss crowd is just too infectious.

They howled their approval when Simmons breathed fire after rumbling through the gloriously dumb anthem War Machine as if they had never seen it before. While the obligatory guitar-and-drum solo bits by Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively, are likely designed to give Gene and Paul a bit of a rest, the crowd ate it up. And, yes, it’s still pretty cool to see Simmons spit blood after his sludgy and musically pointless bass solo.

There’s no need for nuance or breaking new ground. While the crowd politely tolerated the new number, Hell or Hallelujah, they weren’t there for an exploration of deep cuts. It’s a good thing, because Kiss have never been particularly generous when it comes to filling albums with too many good songs. As press time neared, they were charging through their best, most catchy and durable offerings: Lick It Up, Love Gun, the fantastically sleazy Black Diamond and Detroit Rock City.

All of which likely wiped opening act Leogun from the audience’s memory. The British power trio are a hairy but devoted bunch who also seemed to spring from another time. They made do with a modest black backdrop and simple lighting.

So it’s a testament to their sweaty devotion that they often had the audience looking up from their beers and new T-shirts with mild curiosity. With a Robert Plant yowl and fleet-fingered soloing that went far too long, singer-guitarist Tommy Smith is certainly a rock star in training, albeit one that would probably have been more at home in 1972.

Given what followed, that was probably fitting. Nostalgia is a powerful thing.

Kiss Played the Saddledome Friday night. Attendance: 12,500

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Re: N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

Post by kissno1 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:30 pm

They didn't have the spider, must have been a big disappointment to some

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Re: N.American Monster #6 - Calgary, 7/13/13 **CANCELLED

Post by GoddessOfThunder64 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:44 am

Yeah that sucks. I went to see them in Toronto this year and the spider was awesome! I don't get it. They post on their website a picture of the spider on the stage telling them their Calgary show is officially rescheduled but they don't bring it to the show. I guess they were still bringing pieces of it back from Japan or the Kruise.

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