Rock The Nation DVD
Filmed in 2004 at Washington DC and
Virginia Beach, the long awaited Rock The Nation DVD has finally
arrived in the UK. First thing you'll notice is that it's been split
onto 2 DVD's when it could've perhaps fitted on one, but this may have
something to do with the 'KISS Powervision'
Aside from the concert there are a few
behind the scenes extras and the KISS Powervision stuff. Basically, this
allows you to view some songs from different camera angles. If you ever
saw the Detroit Rock City live video from the film of the same name
you'll have seen this before. The only difference is that each of the
different camera angles are displayed on the screen in small boxes on
the left (see picture below), this takes up a lot of the screen and gets a little annoying,
but it can be turned off.
The format of the DVD is as follows:-
The show starts with Love Gun, as always a great song but I still prefer
Deuce as an opener, good job it's on next then
- Makin’ Love
At last! A song that doesn't get played live very often, this one is
superb about time stuff like this appeared on a KISS dvd.
- The Dressing Room
Short footage of all 4 of them putting on the
make-up before the show
- Lick It Up
- Christine Sixteen
Again this one hasn't been played for a while and makes a nice return.
However this is song #1 where Gene like to make up the lyrics as he goes
along (I swear it's different every time he sings it!)
- Photo Shoots
Another break from the concert, this time showing us behind the scenes
of one of the photo shoots
Another blast from the past, and this one sounds great, close your eyes
and you're almost back to the 70's....
- Tears Are Falling
Lick It Up aside, it's not often they bring back 80's material. I used
to like hearing this live when they played it during the Revenge tour,
this version still sounds good but Tommy can't nail the solo like Bruce
- Got To Choose
- Meet & Greets
Pay for a Platinum Meet & Greet ticket? Then you may be on here,
it shows various fans getting their photos taken. At first I though it
was kinda funny hearing the band talking about how they go out of the
way to meet fans (knowing that they paid a $$$ fortune). But Paul does
acknowledge that they paid more to meet them.
- I Love It Loud
Song #2 where Gene decides to make it up as he goes along.
- Love Her All I Can
Okay now were talking, I've been waiting ages for this to make an
appearance again ever since hearing Anthrax's rendition. Brilliant
- I Want You
This bit is cool but not long enough! You get to see the band on
stage without make-up doing a soundcheck. This includes some small
parts from The Elder.
Another song that had been neglected since the reunion, this
classic from Creatures makes a welcome return.
- 100,000 Years
- The Theatre Shows
This bit shows some of the theater shows from Australia.
This one replaced God Of Thunder and is therefore where Gene
does his flying bit. I love this song and am usually disappointed by
the live versions, but this one doesn't sound too bad.
- Shout It Out Loud
- On The Road
the guys driving and flying on their private jet between shows.
- I Was Made For Lovin’ You
Rather than flying out into the crowd on Love Gun, Paul does
his flying bit here on I Was Made.
- Detroit Rock City
- God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To
Great version of God Gave, it features video of various
other bands throughout the song along with some classic KISS
- Rock And Roll All Nite
Great end to a great show, Paul does his political rap
before the song starts.
- Goin' Blind from Sydney
- Backstage from Perth
This is cool, features the band without make-up singing
parts of GGRARTY, I Pledge Allegiance and others.
- Photo Gallery
Lets face it, we've been waiting for a
new live KISS DVD for a long time, and this one delivers. The editing in
it is very good, what you see is what you hear, no dodgy over dubbing.
There are however one or two bits where you see the footage from one of
the 2 shows and see it from another (like when you can hear Paul during
I Love It Loud and yet he isn't singing). Apart from that this is a
great DVD and is definitely a must for anyone's collection. It's out
over here on the 23rd January 2006.