chrisepting wrote:Sometimes I'm not sure if I stumbled onto the StubHub site with the amount of ticket chatter - but whatever.
some thoughts on the show last night-
i have the privilege of knowing guys in both of these epic bands - they may make it look easy each night, but it is a ton of work. I thought Def was just incredible last night- they have a bandmate that is quite ill- he soldiered on while the other guys worked overtime cover the stage and play extra guitar parts - it was an act of love in many ways and a highly impressive one. Def is working class, down to earth and unaffected as Joe illustrated by talking about the troops, about Viv and about how it made them feel when brian may joined them at the forum in 83. and and they play their asses off and you know each note. and that mini Beth homage they do is classy and fun.
kiss put on the sort of jaw dropping spectacle that will make first timers never forget (my first time was '77 - MSG - and i remember every minute of it) i love this band, i respect this band and i appreciate this band. however, i DO wish Paul would drop the character pretense during his raps and get off the script a bit- we get it - and no mention of the military? just from Def? On this tour? Come on. And he doesn't have to play the game of having a crowd "beg" him to fly - we're all adults now- just do it- have fun- we know it's coming. its why we are there and why we bring our kids. (my son, 20, photographed it last night from the pit- after the show - "Dad, greatest band in history" - he ADORES Kiss. Always has.) The show is wonderful, good set list, and they guys get it done. But take a cue from Def- be more real. Inject some empathy. There are not many tours like this left for Kiss. We feel the music, the staging and the fire - let us feel what you are really like up there. Stop asking "how we're doing." We're great. We're at a frickin Kiss show. A little less canned talk would go a long way.
All that said, an amazing night from two bands that are "of the people." Two band that truly appreciate their fans.
The same way I felt about the Chula Vista show.
Viv Campbell is a warrior, he played a great show on sunday and his guitar was LOUD. Def Leppard was great. I love KISS but yes, many things just seem old and expected, there's no surprising factor anymore, what I did like was watching parents taking their kids and how excited they were during the KISS set, it reminded me of my first concert, the look on their faces, all the jumping and clapping it was just pricesless.