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.
Mere seconds after hearing the infamous phrase “You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world- Kiss!” uttered over the speakers, the curtain dropped and the crowd erupted. I’ve been to my fair share of Kiss shows, and I can confirm that Kiss is the only band that’ll manage to morph a grown man into a giddy five year old child for the night. Surrounding me were people of all ages, shapes and sizes beaming in awe of The Demon, The Starchild, The Catman and The Spaceman who had just ‘miraculously’ come down from above. Roaring throughout the arena was “Detroit Rock City”, one of their most well known songs off their 1977 release Destroyer. Having seen quite a few Kiss shows, I generally know what to expect- however the breathing fire, spitting blood and pure pyromania will never cease to amaze me. In lieu of songs like “Calling Dr. Love” and “Firehouse” the band decided to play some deep tracks- “Do You Love Me” and “Flaming Youth”, which surely pleased myself and many other members of the Kiss Army. Among those two songs were Kiss’ concert staples such as “Lick It Up”, “Psycho Circus” and “Cold Gin” matched with the band’s more ‘show’ oriented songs. By that I’m referring to the “God of Thunder” and “War Machine” type songs- the songs where the band does something to add to the show. For example, right before the band performs “Love Gun” Paul will fly out into the crowd and perform the song on a platform towards the back of the arena; and at the end of “War Machine” Gene breathes fire. As part of the encore, drummer Eric Singer came out from behind the drum kit and off the riser to perform a lovely rendition of the ballad hit “Beth”, which I haven’t heard the band do in years- a crowd pleaser for sure. Kiss has always been ‘bang for your buck’ oriented, and I can say that through all the pyromania and organized chaos that is the hottest band in the world, you will never be disappointed at a Kiss show.