Kiss @ Scandinavium, Gothenburg (SE)

KISS

Date: 10th May, 2017
Venue: Scandinavium
Tickets: 590-1100SEK (€57 - €107/$63 - $117)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


You Wanted The Best... A phrase that's as synonymous with KISS as their make-up almost initiated the show as usual and the sound coming from the crowd when the massive curtain fell and exposed the stage in Scandinavium knew no limits. There have been sharp tongues saying that KISS have passed their “best before date” a long time ago but judging both from the explosion of power from stage when the show started and the dedication from the fans, not only in the front row, that's definitely not the case.

Opening track “Deuce” got the place boiling and it all sounded perfect from start. The energy was there and there's no doubt about it, there's no band that can put on a show like KISS. Of course, the lights, costumes and make-up help but if that would have been all there wouldn't have been a crowd like the one in Gothenburg. I mean, they probably still would have been there but it wouldn't have been the frenzy and screaming as it was. And, that Paul Stanley still can do all his tricks, almost hitting a split, in his platform boots and very gracefully get away from the pose shows they still have good years to come.

“Shout It Out Loud” boosted the crowd even further and at this point I'd stopped analyzing whether Paul or Gene hit every note and so on. “Lick It Up” sounded great and these 80's records have extremely high pitched vocal lines and if that sounded ok, the rest would too. For sure, Paul has lost some of his power in the absolutely highest notes, nothing is different for him here but what KISS did with the songs. Letting drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer take a few of them and let the crowd do the rest works perfectly and the interaction with the audience just enhances the live experience.

And there's no denying that I get super thrilled by all the (expected) acts in the show. It's expected that Gene Simmons will spit fire, which was for “Firehouse” and that he will spit blood during his bass solo. I've seen it many times already but I still get ridiculously excited every time. And if that didn't do it, when he flies up in the air definitely will set me off. This time there was a platform high up, right under the roof where Gene landed after a round on the air. “War Machine” was the song up next which was one of the coolest features in the set. Mainly because I've never heard it live before, but it is a great song too.

While getting Gene back on the ground Paul took the microphone and started chatting with the crowd asking what they wanted to hear. “Shandi” came on request and Paul declared that KISS isn't playing that one. But that didn't stop him from doing a few bars from it on his own. The crowd tagged along and continued when Paul stopped so there was another verse on it too before the show continued. “Crazy Crazy Nights” felt like a very suitable song to describe the whole show, it's a massive circus but it still feels like pure Rock 'n' Roll. It still is the band performing and not the show around them.

Paul continued the show and asked if he could come out in the audience instead of being on stage. If he would, he needed an invitation though and asked the crowd to scream his name. Said and done; his ride arrived and Paul floated over the people's heads up to a rotating platform in the middle of the venue for “Psycho Circus”. He continued from out there for “Black Diamond” which is one of my favorite songs. The mellow intro worked very well as a shout-along for the crowd and it really gave me goose-bumps. It's always amazing to hear an entire venue (or this should actually be close to Stadium) sing.

The main set ended with “Rock And Roll All Nite” which perhaps isn't my favorite KISS song but I can't deny it works perfect for a live-show and it doesn't matter how much you deny it every other day, right here and now everyone in Scandinavium felt that a more Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle would be a cool thing. It's so cool to see everyone sing along, from young kids to their parents and grandparents. I'm pretty sure there were a few that saw KISS when they first played in Sweden 1976 present here too. For the encores, first “I Was Made for Lovin' You” which was a big hit in our class (as many others I assume) in middle school was a real treat. I still love that song and the response was really good but couldn't measure up to “Detroit Rock City”.

No, so any foul words said about KISS around this tour is really unwarranted. The energy the band has is as fantastic as always and they sound good. They are the hottest rockin' band in the world.

KISS setlist:

01. Intro - “Rock And Roll” (LED ZEPPELIN song)
02. “Deuce”
03. “Shout It Out Loud”
04. “Lick It Up”
05. “I Love It Loud”
06. “Firehouse”
07. “Shock Me”
08. Guitar Solo (Tommy)
09. “Flaming Youth”
10. Bass Solo
11. “War Machine”
12. “Shandi”
13. “Crazy Crazy Nights”
14. “Cold Gin”
15. “Say Yeah”
16. “Psycho Circus”
17. “Black Diamond”
18. “Rock And Roll All Nite”
19. “I Was Made for Lovin' You”
20. “Detroit Rock City”
21. Tape - “God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You II”

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