Well, what can I say - Kiss rock big time (and Aerosmith weren't bad
either). I'm so glad I took the plunge and traveled all the way to the US to
see this show, although I nearly didn't make the final trip from Cincinnati
out to the Riverbend Music Center - my cousin who was meant to be coming
with me got in a car accident (everyone involved is thankfully OK) on
his way home from work to pick me up before the show and I had to phone round
for a taxi. As a result I didn't get out to Riverbend till about 20 minutes
into Saliva's show (what I heard sounded fairly good), and I still had to
pick up my ticket. This, plus a quick stop for some water, meant I only got
to my seat as Kiss appeared on stage.
It was great show, but the main set list was shorter by one song than the
first three shows:
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Do You Love Me?
Let Me Go (Rock n Roll)
I Love It Loud
I Want You
God of Thunder
Rock n Roll All Night
The guys looked to be having a great time, although I think the 87 degree
heat and high humidity was getting to Gene a bit cause he didn't seem to be
stalking about the stage much. But in that heavy costume I don't blame him -
it was certainly getting to me and all I was wearing was a T-shirt and trousers! He did breath fire at the end of Firehouse, and flew up onto his
platform on the specially lowered lighting rig for God of Thunder so he can't have been suffering too badly.
Fun moments in the show
During Paul's first talk to the crowd Tommy interrupted him when he fiddled
with the tuning of his guitar - live on the amps.
Paul tried to introduce I Want You as "This is off..." and then promptly
forgot which album it was! His excuse was "You know, there's so damn many of
them I can't remember!"
Gene surprised Peter with a big bear (or should that be demon?) hug after
Beth which set the pair of them giggling as all four of them took their bows
at the front of the stage.
The crowd seemed to be a good mix of Kiss and Aerosmith fans in the seating
area of the auditorium, but I saw a lot of Kiss fans out in the general admission lawn area leave after Kiss when I headed out to the merchandise
stalls. After paying for a really good ticket (right hand side of the stage,
12 rows from the front) I wasn't going to miss Aerosmith, plus I'm quite a
fan of theirs, and made it back with moments to spare.
Aerosmith were good, but in my eyes you can't really follow RARAN with anything but the trip home! A lot of Kiss fans were really disappointed that
Kiss are on first but I reckon the reason Aerosmith go on last is not just
cause of their so called "MTV appeal" but the fact that as a bunch of recovering alcoholics they insist that no alcohol be sold once they get
within a certain time of them going on stage. This certainly would not sit
well with any Kiss fans waiting for Aerosmith to get off stage before Kiss
come on, so I don't suppose they'll be changing the appearance order any
All in all I had an absolute blast of a time which could only have been better if I'd got there in time for the upgrade hand outs - the two Gold
package members sitting either side of me got to go back stage as evidenced
by their signed Tour Books, and I just can't help wondering if I'd been in
my seat by the start of the show at 7pm if I might have been picked too!
C'est la vie! As I told my cousin, at least I wasn't in the car with him
when he had his accident otherwise I might not have made the show at all.