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KISS Live in Cleveland

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 2:13 PM


KISS & Aerosmith Live at the B

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REVIEW BY: Frank Riba Jr.

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Let me first start off by saying I was very skeptical about this show. For one thing, having two rock giants such as this together on one bill is always a disaster. Second, having Kiss open up seemed sacrilegious to me, being the FANBOY that I am for Kiss and not having Frehley with them, I wasn’t interested. Third, if anyone knows Blossom Theatre, it has wood ceilings, not much room for the size these bands need. And also the sound can be really bad sometimes. So when the pre-sale happened for this event I was very hesitant in spending $125.00 a ticket. But my new girlfriend, an Aerosmith fan, has never seen Kiss before. So I got two tickets. What the Hell, I’ve seen these guys before -- at least she’ll love Aerosmith. So I didn’t expect much….

BOY, WAS I WRONG!!!!

Saliva started the night out. Was okay, much better than I expected. This guy can really sing -- I don’t know why they wasted his talent on rap songs. The six songs really rocked, though. After Saliva’s set, Blossom played “Won’t get Fooled Again” by The Who over the PA, which any Kiss fan knows the Kiss curtain comes down during Daltrey’s wail. The whole place went nuts. It gave me goose bumps I’ve never heard that place get so loud.

ARMAGEDDON HAPPENS…

Kiss comes out with a vengeance. These guys look damn good. They started out with “Detroit Rock City” and kept the hits coming. These guys sound incredible, much tighter than the last three tours together. Gene really impressed me. He has lost so much weight, he looks like he did in ‘75… I swear!!! Paul’s voice never sounded better. Peter’s drumming was OUTSTANDING… that shocked me the most because past tours I thought he was very sloppy. Being the ACE FAN I am, I can’t believe I’m saying this but… Ace Who???? Tommy Thayer was excellent. Right then I realized that that’s what was wrong with the last three tours. Ace just cant hack it at that level anymore. Hate to say it, but Tommy was awesome. He might have been wearing the makeup and the costume but he wasn’t being Ace, which was cool.

The crowd was so into this show. My girlfriend looks at me when Gene’s doing the blood routine and says, “That is one scary muthafucker!!” Kiss didn’t let anyone down during this show. Including me!!!! I turned 10 years old again. Once Kiss was done, the crowd was spent and had nothing left after that show. During the break, Blossom played Little Richard and other 50’s songs then a big Aerosmith curtain covered the stage like Kiss did. When the curtain came down I thought I heard crickets. Not many seemed to care!!

Aerosmith came out next and I must admit they also sounded great. They opened up with “Mama Kin,” which I don’t think their MTV fans appreciated like I did, because not many people were getting into it. This was one of, if not their best, songs of the evening for me. They followed with “Same Old Song and Dance,” “Jaded” and then “Pink”… and then I don’t know what happened. The crowd was getting back into the show after Kiss left them spent. Then they play 3 or 4 songs from their new “Blues Record.” If I wanted to hear re-hashed Clapton licks I’d listen to that. They really lost the crowd after that fiasco. My girlfriend, an Aerosmith fan like I said, looked to me and said, “Ready to go?” I said, “Don’t you want to watch more??” She said “After what we just saw from Kiss this just isn’t cutting it for me.” Another Kiss Army member recruited.

All in all a very good show for both group’s fans, but don’t kid yourselves. This was a battle and Kiss was victorious by far. How can I tell, you ask?? I left after five or so songs of Aerosmith and I had a hard time getting out of Blossom Music Center. So I guess I wasn’t the only one.



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