Just another crazy, crazy night.
KISS @ LG Arena, Birmingham, 05-05-10
There are few better things to do on the eve of a general election than going to something that is a million miles away from politics. A concert by legendary hard-rockers KISS on their Sonic Boom over Europe tour is just the ticket. They may be cheesy, they be old, but boy does this band know how to entertain.
Right from the opener of Modern Day Delilah, the Birmingham crowd goes nuts for what is surely one of the best stage shows in rock. KISS have fire, rising platforms and giant video screens to go with their famous makeup and platform shoes, and when they’re on stage doing their thing, it’s hard not to like them, or at the very least admire them.
The hits are all here including Calling Dr Love, Crazy Nights and God Gave Rock n Roll To You, meaning everyone in the close to sold-out arena went home happy. A live show by KISS is just as stupendous and bombastic as they have ever been and their energy on stage puts younger bands to shame. If you want heartfelt lyrics or witty metaphors from your music, this would have been hell, but if you just want to rock out and have a good time then KISS are the band for you. They may have doing this for decades, but on tonight’s evidence there is plenty more to come from the black and white hellraisers.
Photography: Dave Musson Photography