KISS Live

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I have seen some big gigs recently, by some of the greatest rock stars of our time, But I have never seen anything quite like a crowd at The Kentish Town Forum, I arrived at Kentish Town around 18:30 and made my way to the Forum to see how big the queue was. Even with two hours to go until the doors opened, the queue was already half a mile down Highgate Road.

The excitement in the Forum was floating through the air, circling around each and everyone of the sweaty packed out crowd. Within seconds of the band arriving on stage there were fireworks exploding, and fireballs shooting up, despite the size of the venue, they were giving the fans the full live show. The band have sold more than 100 million records since forming in New York in 1973. The played Kentish Town Forum as part of a promotional tour of Europe, donating all proceeds to the Charity Help for Hero's.

The reintroduction of Detroit Rock City as a set opener has really refreshed a song that was starting to suffer from over familiarity in its previous spot. Paul Stanleys voice cracked a few times but it did n't distract from the enjoyment of the night.

Eric Singer, played above the largest drum riser I've ever witnessed towering over the centre stage area, and risers either side of the stage meant all 3 guitarists had plenty of opportunity to stand tall.
The emotional crowd began chanting 'KISS'

Paul Stanley's reputation as a frontman who is simply too hot to handle when he's on form, and the rest of the band help create both a solid and extraordinary sound that is 100% KISS.

The fact is, when Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Tommy Thayer are onstage, doing what they do best, they seem to be right at home. A little more ragged and road-worn, the three looked and sounded great, donning skintight leather pants, traditional painted faces and oodles of jewelry looked downright possessed and maniacal as they ran, posed and danced all over the stage. Vocally, they sounded strong and fiery.

Finishing up with "Crazy Crazy Nights" and "Lick It Up" we were treated to an onslaught of fireworks, fireballs and more ticker tape than a large festival procession. The song got a huge reaction. I couldn't make out Paul's vocals as the singing from the crowd around me was so loud. By the time the final song "Rock and Roll All Nite" started, the floor was shin deep in tape, and it looked like an indoor snowstorm had hit the venue.

Throughout their 40-year tenure, KISS's impact and influence is undeniable.
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Set list
Detroit Rock City
Hell or Hallelujah (Live debut)
Deuce
Shout It Out Loud
Makin' Love
I Love It Loud
Shock Me
Calling Dr. Love
100,000 Years
Love Gun
Black Diamond
Encore:
Crazy Crazy Nights
Lick It Up
Rock and Roll All Nite

© Words - Gia Marie Barbera/ ZANI Media
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