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KISS their Love Gun ~ Friday, June 01, 2007

My review of KISS.

I actually had to do a lot of research and listening and prep for this, as I didn't feel comfortable going in blind--especially since I don't think this is generally the kind of concert that's got a lot of appeal to people who aren't fans. So, the article really should be to the fans who are thinking of going--and if others are intrigued, great. Other concerts are more general, IMO and can be directed to a wider audience, including those who might not be familiar with the music they're going to hear. But KISS isn't like that--KISS is kind of niche. Like, say, a symphonic Depeche Mode concert, for instance--not everyone is going to be flocking to that, I suspect. So it's important that a reviewer have some sense of context and also of the originals, to know how this performance differs.

The only three songs I knew of theirs before beginning my preparation were "Rock and Roll all Nite," "I was made for lovin' you" and "God gave Rock 'n Roll to you". I didn't specifically know that any of those were by KISS--and didn't realise which song "God gave..." happened to be until they started playing it in the encore. Then, it was with a start of surprise that I realised I knew it. Afterwards, Tom and I were walking out of the theatre, and I learned, to my astonishment, that he didn't know it--the only KISS song I knew that he didn't! Thanks, Bill and Ted. Or at least, I think that's where I heard it--the end of B&T's Excellent Adventure (though I couldn't tell you which one was Bill and which was Ted at this point. Kinda like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern). Wacky.

At any rate, the post-review, longer-term result of my research: I now can sing along to KISS's song "Strutter"--and likely a few others besides. Pretty impressive, no?

::Posted by Anduril Elessar @ 12:29 AM::::


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