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★★★★★

“Poison has been coming to Pittsburgh for the past 4 or...”

Written on: 07/07/2004 by 80smetal4ever (22 reviews written)

Good Points
Kiss are a very good band, past their days of selling millions of albums - but they were full of energy and can sing like the old days...

Bad Points
Since Poison was technically the opener, they had to shorten their normal 'headlining' set.

General Comments
Poison has been coming to Pittsburgh for the past 4 or 5 years straight, and it has always been my favorite concert of the summer. This year, somehow, they were able to hook up with KISS. Wow, what a great combination.



Gene Simmons of KISS, is one of the most educated rock stars in the business when it comes to marketing and making money. The KISS brand is on everything from dolls to coffins. He asked Nikki Sixx, and his new band "Brides of Destruction", which also features Tracii Guns of "L.A. Guns", to be the opening act for this show. Nikki, who is the bassist for "Motley Crue", answered "Poison - they don't rock, I am not going to be part of anything that Poison is involved with". Gene then said to him, "If Poison doesn't ROCK, why would I have asked them to tour with KISS, in the first place"? I don't know if it was stupidity, or pride - but, due to the decision of Nikki Sixx, a possible 3 band show was reduced to a 2 band show.



This version of the band KISS is not the original line up. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the original bassist and singer were joined by two replacements. However, I did not notice much difference. The band did not play the song "Beth", as Peter Criss was not on drums - and he normally sings that song.



The band performed in full makeup, and stage outfits. Their energy level was turned up to full for this show.



Some of the songs they played were: "I love it Loud", "Love Gun", "Lick it Up", "Detroit Rock City", "I was made for Loving You", etc. The encore was made up of, "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", and "Rock and Roll all Night".



In one part of the show, Paul Stanley with help of some metal contraption was able to fly over the crowd. Gene Simmons appeared at one point with a lot of white smoke around him, and when it cleared he was pouring blood out of his mouth. Very nice!



Gene also rode this hydraulic lift up 20 or 30 feet or so to play his part for the encore. This has been a staple of their shows for at least the past 5 years.



I mentioned before how close my fried and I were sitting to the stage. At one point, two girls showed up that didn't have tickets, but were allowed to rush the stage, anyway. They were definitely 'dressed to impress'. Both were wearing signature black outfits, with not much left to the imagination. Before the show was over, they had been given, KISS 'backstage passes'. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - the senior members of this band are 50 or older, but the "backstage pass" for pretty girls still continues as a tradition...



Before KISS played, "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", Paul Stanley gave a very inspired speech about those of us lucky enough to live in the USA. He spoke of other people in the world being jealous of us, and that we live in the greatest nation in the entire world. He stressed our daily freedoms, and other rights that we have, that many don't. It was unexpected, but very powerful on this 4th of July concert.



As their last song was playing, the Pavilion set off fireworks outside, and it was a very nice visual to go with the end of an INCREDIBLE two band show.

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