Kiss go Boom at the LG Arena
Costumed rock superheroes Kiss pulled out all the stops at Birmingham's LG Arena, with a brand new stage show and a set-list that stretched from their 1974 debut to 2009's Sonic Boom album.
LG Arena, Birmingham
Concert review and photos by Ian Harvey
It was always going to take something special to top Kiss's amazing performance at the Download Festival in 2008.
But last night the costumed rock superheroes pulled out all the stops with a brand new stage show and a set-list that stretched from their 1974 debut to 2009's Sonic Boom album.
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Lowered on to the stage on a floating platform amid a hail of pyrotechnics, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer, as well as drummer Eric Singer, launched straight into one of their killer new tracks, Modern Day Delilah.
What followed was two hours of Kiss heaven for the fans, with a dizzying set-list that took in hits including the long lost Crazy Crazy Nights, Lick It Up and God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II, as well as Kiss staples including Detroit Rock City, Cold Gin and Rock and Roll All Nite.
Paul Stanley won over the crowd as soon as he announced they were calling the city "Birming-um" instead of the usual American pronunciation, "Birming-ham".
Tommy Thayer's guitar fired rockets during Shock Me, I Love It Loud saw the demonic Gene Simmons spitting blood and flying up into the rafters, while during I Was Made For Loving You Paul Stanley took flight over the crowd to a stage at the rear of the arena.
Business as usual for Kiss then – the ultimate showmen in the ultimate heavy rock pantomime. They know what their fans want and deliver it in shed loads.