Legendary rock band Kiss returned to Rochester, New York for the first time in 18 years on 8/29, bringing along special guests The Dead Daisies in order to create a perfect night of rock and roll music.
Ending a completely chaotic day of interviews and acoustic performances was a phenomenal show provided by Kiss and The Dead Daisies. Having seen nearly an entire set of The Dead Daisies, acoustically, at the Record Archive in Rochester it was very obvious to see that the utter talent in the band shines through very well while performing an acoustic set, however to no degree was I aware of the sheer power and presence they would end up bringing to the Blue Cross Arena that very night. The band is touring in support of their new record Make Some Noise, and I undoubtedly think that everyone in the audience felt some inclination to go buy it following their performance. Playing nearly an hour, The Dead Daisies performed a healthy variety of their own tunes as well as cover songs, which they have undeniably made uniquely their own. The band consists of five truly exceptional musicians; Doug Aldrich, Marco Mendoza, David Lowy, John Corabi and Brian Tichy- all of which bring a great sense of brotherhood to the stage. John Corabi is effortlessly funny and entertaining, and through his interaction with the audience and his fellow band mates he helps create an engaging show that is fun to watch, regardless if you’re familiar with the music or not. They played originals such as “Long Way To Go”, “Devil Out of Time” and “The Last Time I Saw the Sun” all while mixing in covers like “Join Together” and a personal favorite of mine, “Fortunate Son”. They closed out the star studded performance with a cover of The Beatles hit “Helter Skelter”, and followed that with a free meet and greet for anyone who was interested. I’ve only seen The Dead Daisies open for bands, Kiss in specific, however following Monday night’s performance I, and I’m sure many others, feel fully inclined to see them headline. [Read more…]