US "Alive 35" Show 27: 11/12/09 - Calgary

User avatar
Julien
Whee Wan
Posts: 15838
Joined: Thu Jul 24, 2003 2:53 pm

US "Alive 35" Show 27: 11/12/09 - Calgary

Post by Julien »

Discussion, meet-ups, set-lists, etc.
Last edited by Julien on Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:28 am, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
Shane_Penney
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Posts: 6268
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:08 pm
Location: Newfoundland, Canada

Re: KISS Tour Show 27: 11/12/09 - Calgary

Post by Shane_Penney »

Admin wrote:Discussion, meet-ups, set-lists, etc.
I have some friends going to this show. They are all casual fans. I'll probably get a drunken review in the wee hours of the morning.

Hope they enjoy it!
User avatar
mr_wilkins
Newbie... Be nice to me!
Newbie... Be nice to me!
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:44 am
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Post by mr_wilkins »

Ugh! I wish! Show sold out fairly quick. Nose bleeds went up a day or 2 ago :roll:
User avatar
drgbootz
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Posts: 9437
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:22 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Post by drgbootz »

Anything, anyone??
User avatar
brianj1974
Ready to sing Shock Me!
Ready to sing Shock Me!
Posts: 344
Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:42 pm
Location: Toronto

Post by brianj1974 »

Saddledome, Calgary - November 12, 2009
By LISA WILTON - Sun Media


CALGARY - They rocked, they rolled, they made inappropriate facial expressions and hand gestures towards women.

But what else would you expect from the self-proclaimed hottest band in the world?

KISS didn't just roll into town last night, they tore through the place like wild hyenas -- glittery, spandex-clad, platform-heeled hyenas -- but hyenas nonetheless.

More than 14,000 willing victims happily submitted themselves to the legendary New York quartet's two-hour sonic assault at the Saddledome as part of their KISS Alive/35 Tour.

KISS is now more than a band. They are a brand.

Fans can buy anything from dolls, snowboards, wine, glassware and even coffins, all of which are emblazoned with the KISS logo.


But you have to give them credit, that brand loyalty is almost unparalleled.

Calgary KISS fans were excited last night, so excited that many fans may have lost their voices -- or passed out due to overimbibing -- even before the show began.

There were hundreds of faces painted black and white in the style of their favourite member.

If the number of black stars around people's eyes was any indication, Paul Stanley's got bragging rights as the most popular.

Or maybe it was just easier to draw Stanley's star than Gene Simmons' dragonwing/bat thing.

There were a few fans who really went all out and could have probably stood in for the two frontmen had they decided not to rock and roll all night.

The crowd's good mood and excited energy erupted as the lights went down, the curtain fell and the theatrics began.

And what a start.

"You wanted the best," howled the voice from the speaker, eliciting a roar from the audience, who finished the rest of the sentence. "You got the best. The hottest band in the world."

And with that familiar introduction, the band appeared amid billowing stage fog and blinding pyrotechnics.

They kicked off with one of their early hits, Deuce, which sounded raw and tight and whetted the crowd's appetite for more of KISS' straight-ahead glam rock.

Strutter was up next with his chugging guitars and fist-pumping chorus. Surprisingly, some of the best tunes came from the group's latest album, Sonic Boom.

Bob Dylan this ain't, but the band's cheesy lyrics have never stopped anyone from enjoying a KISS concert.

It's a spectacle, but not as ridiculous a show as I might have expected.

There were huge fireballs and other random explosions, but the stage was actually relatively tasteful for a band with a reputation for excess.

A huge screen rose just above drummer Eric Singer, who was on a riser, and below it were three rows of stacked TV-sized screens.

This relatively subdued set perfectly enhanced the band's outlandish costumes.

It really is something seeing Simmons' spectacular dragon boots up close, not to mention Stanley's chest hair.

But I have to admit, I was a little unnerved watching 60-year-old Simmons thrusting his metal codpiece in my general direction.

As of press time, KISS had yet to return for an encore, but in previous concerts, the band has brought out the big hits, including Lick It Up and Detroit Rock City.

It takes a special band to be able to open for such a legendary band, but Los Angeles five-piece Buckcherry was up for the task.

Tattooed singer Josh Todd has the looks of Iggy Pop and the voice of The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson.

Buckcherry is a solid heavy rock act which embraces many of rock's cornerstones from Sunset Strip glam to the industrial sound of Detroit and New York's Bowery punk.

3/5.
User avatar
drgbootz
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Posts: 9437
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:22 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Post by drgbootz »

Interesting review...you submit it before the show is over lol.
User avatar
Abnrdvro
Ready to sing Shock Me!
Ready to sing Shock Me!
Posts: 397
Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:55 pm
Location: Former Planet Pluto

Post by Abnrdvro »

drgbootz wrote:Interesting review...you submit it before the show is over lol.
Yeah! Misses a quarter of the show and gives it 3/5. No preconceived notions here. :lol:
User avatar
daltonic1
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Posts: 3404
Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:39 pm
Location: East Bay

Post by daltonic1 »

Abnrdvro wrote:
drgbootz wrote:Interesting review...you submit it before the show is over lol.
Yeah! Misses a quarter of the show and gives it 3/5. No preconceived notions here. :lol:

it's very common for a reviewer to have to leave before the end of a show for a deadline. it was always the case back in the day, but w/ the technology of today it doesn't happen as often.


.
Trance
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Posts: 3051
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:08 pm

re

Post by Trance »

Damn more than 14,000 is impressive, especially without Ace.
User avatar
eddieg1968
Super Elite KISS Fan
Super Elite KISS Fan
Posts: 1173
Joined: Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:37 pm
Location: Detroit Rock City

Re: re

Post by eddieg1968 »

Trance wrote:Damn more than 14,000 is impressive, especially without Ace.
what does he have to do with the 2008 lineup?????????????????
rumblechris
Super Elite KISS Fan
Super Elite KISS Fan
Posts: 1407
Joined: Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:00 am

Re: re

Post by rumblechris »

Trance wrote:Damn more than 14,000 is impressive, especially without Ace.
yeah especially given the fact that Ace drew a whopping 250 people at a gig last week :roll:
User avatar
Shane_Penney
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Qualified to wear Ace's makeup!
Posts: 6268
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:08 pm
Location: Newfoundland, Canada

Re: re

Post by Shane_Penney »

Trance wrote:Damn more than 14,000 is impressive, especially without Ace.
They've drawn big crowds in Canada since July. The smaller venues sell out, but so do the big ones.
User avatar
KissRocks7
Trained by Tommy!
Trained by Tommy!
Posts: 579
Joined: Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:10 pm

Post by KissRocks7 »

Trance
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Posts: 3051
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:08 pm

re

Post by Trance »

LOL!

13,000 of them probably think Ace Frehley is there.

They should let Ace open for them ... fuck Buckcherry.
kenn.ace
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Spends too much time FAQ'ing off!
Posts: 4185
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:23 pm

Re: KISS Tour Show 27: 11/12/09 - Calgary

Post by kenn.ace »

Admin wrote:Discussion, meet-ups, set-lists, etc.
Kiss comes close to classic perfection


By Heath McCoy, Calgary HeraldNovember 13,

Story

Gene Simmons and the boys of KISS are still like comfort food, with blood, pyro and songs about love and gods of thunder.
Photograph by: Gord Waldner file, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Review

Kiss performed a sold out show Thursday at Pengrowth Saddledome. Attendance 14,000.


CALGARY - The “Demon” tongue of 60-year-old Gene Simmons still flickers and coils like an obscene pink snake. He still blows fire too, like a carnival attraction.

Bare-chested “Starchild” Paul Stanley, who's way too ripped to be 57, still struts like a rock star and his overblown blues rock howl still throws a kick, as it did on the appropriately titled rock anthem Strutter.

Hardcore Kiss fans, male and female, young and old, still masquerade as their idols. The bomb blasts, fireworks and bright lights, all the big budget popcorn-movie frills that hard rock legends Kiss are worshiped for, were on proud display Thursday at the Saddledome.

Oh, and the “Space Ace” on lead guitar? He fired up one garage-dirty, arena ready riff after another, from Cold Gin to Parasite to the point where he used his six string as a canon. Literally.

As for the opening cut Deuce? The “Catman” hammers the drums with acrobatic flair on that one. Ditto for Hotter Than Hell and 100,000 Years.

Thursday night's 'Dome gig felt very much like a classic Kiss concert, which is a beautiful thing.

But waitaminit. As Kiss fanatics well know, original guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss are once again out of the fold, as they were for most of the '80s and half the '90s. Which is a sore point for a lot of fans. As a lifelong Kiss Army-ite myself, I certainly don't love the idea.

The thing is though, painted faces and comic book personas really have given Kiss an edge over other classic rock bands when it comes to carrying the torch 35 years and running – with only half of the classic lineup intact.

You see, while the lead guitarist and drummer on that fantasy wasteland of a stage were certainly dead ringers for Ace and Peter, it was actually a couple of hired guns – Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively – behind the masks.

Given the iconic stature of those four grease-painted faces in pop culture, it really is possible to dress up different musicians as classic Kiss and still have it feel like classic Kiss. Much like various actors have pulled off Batman over the years, so too is it possible for talented mimics to dress up like Ace and Peter and pull off a damn close facsimile of a classic Kiss concert. The masks are that powerful a part of the mystique.

Truthfully, Thayer and Singer probably play their parts better than Ace and Peter could these days.

But for all their flaws, Ace and Peter had distinctive styles. Their sloppiness was an important part of the package and what they brought to the chemistry of the genuine original Kiss can't be undervalued.

Ultimately, they were missed Thursday night.

That's because the over-the-top show is not the only key to Kiss's lasting appeal, despite what their detractors say. The band really has crafted a considerable catalogue of awesome, mindlessly fun rock songs over the years and Thursday's gig offered much proof of that.

The integrity of the tunes does matter.

So, when Thayer stepped up to the microphone for the Frehley staple Shock Me, as well as he nailed it, it just didn't feel right.

Nor did it when Singer took his turn on vocals for the Criss showcase Black Diamond, doing his best Peter rasp.

It wasn't the genuine article that it was being sold as.

But then, as Gene and Paul have pointed out, the genuine article just wasn't functioning anymore.

That's a drag, but it's probably true.

In lieu of 100 per cent classic Kiss then, Thursday's 'Dome show was as close as the Kiss Army could hope to get.

And, all told – as blasts of confetti showered the 'Dome during Rock and Roll All Night, just before the encore – it had to said that the remake was a blast.


hmccoy@theherald.canwest.com

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald