redinthesky wrote: ↑Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:30 pmJust got back from Barclay's. Here's my review.
I'm born and raised in Brooklyn, and I knew when tomorrow came, I'd probably be saying "I really should have went" so I bought a cheap ticket. I'm only a few minutes walking from Barclay's. Tix were inexpensive (the ones I was eyeing) so I figured, I really should go. It's Kiss in Brooklyn after all.
(The crowd: yes there were a lot of empty seats, but with the show in motion and the lights on the crowd, it still looked full enough not to be embarrassing. Considering it was the fourth area show, Kiss did very well.)
How I went....as I said before, I went with different eyes. I viewed the show as a "show," not a "concert." I know Paul lip-syncs. I know the band isn't what it used to be, even this lineup. I know Eric doesn't play piano. I know I do not like Tommy and Eric portraying Ace and Peter. So I have no right to complain about those things today since I went to the show by my choice. No one dragged me. I did see some friends before and after so that was good.
The show....you gotta give it to Kiss in one big regard, compensating for what the band is today, they pull out all the trappings. The show has to cost a fortune. The stage, while not "classic Kiss," is beautiful and the FX are pretty spectacular. No matter what one thinks of anything else, the show (and again, it's a show) was very enjoyable and looked great.
The show seemed to go in phases. Paul seemed especially psyched about playing Brooklyn, and hit the stage on all cylinders (for Paul), with Gene kind of ho-hum at the start. However, Gene picked it up early on and pretty much turned the show into the Gene Simmons Show, he totally ended up dominating for a while. The Gene songs, I Love It Loud, War Machine, Dr Love, all killer. Paul though, kept up a real nice pace and held his own, especially on the 80s tunes Lick It Up and Heaven's on Fire.
Tommy and Eric, they made a few flubs here and there but, and I'm not gonna pick on them here, they are drab guys and pretty much were non-factors for excitement. Gene and Paul are Kiss and those guys take a backseat far behind every time. Gene and Paul are stars - they are not.
Anyway, the show rolls along and it's good for what it is. However, because every little thing is so meticulously planned out, it does become a bit boring in the middle because it's so by-the-numbers.
What saved the show? Paul seemed to step it up, maybe he knew it was needed, and when he zipped (very fast) to his own stage, he was pretty much on fire. "Love Gun" was fantastic, but the true showstopper of the night was absolutely "I Was Made for Lovin' You," because dammit man, that still is a killer kick-ass song and it woke up a lot of sleepy people and people were singing and dancing. I thought it was the high point of the night.
There was one genuine surprise for me, and that is when they actually played "Crazy, Crazy Nights" as the middle encore. For me personally, that was the absolute best part of the show, and I never thought I would be saying that, but it's true. It's a fun, great song, and unfortunately, a lot of the crowd seemed clueless about it. But for me, it was the big finish of actually feeling nostalgic of the 80s, because the 80s Kiss songs were done well and it reminded me just how much FUN the 80s were and especially 80s Kiss concerts. "Crazy, Crazy Nights" was a phenomenal way to just about end the show, just fantastic, even if many didn't seem moved. I loved it.
Of course, RARAN followed and yup, I shouted the chorus with everyone and the show ends with a bang.
What did it all mean for me, who is constantly critical of what Kiss is today? Like I said, I went in with different eyes. I went in wanting to see some bombs and fire (and some of the fire was HOT all the way back too), sing along to some songs, and see Gene and Paul again, maybe for the final time. Those were my expectations, and I received what I expected. I was glad that both those guys (especially Paul) seemed to get into the show (even if a lot of the crowd needed some waking up sometimes). So yes, going into it like that, with just those expectation, I had a fun time, it was worth what I paid ($56) and I'm glad I went.
Great review and details. Really happy you enjoyed the show.