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article imageReview: Rock band Kiss electrifies Jones Beach Theater in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 7, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On August 6, acclaimed hard rock band Kiss performed at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, for a sold-out venue.
Def Leppard opened for Kiss, and they put on a well-received show.
They commenced their set with "Psycho Circus" as confetti burst out of shooting rockets, and it ended with loud pyrotechnics, which felt like a Fourth of July celebration on stage.
"New York City," they screamed and immediately broke into the upbeat "Deuce." "Let me hear you," they shouted midway through the song.
"Hey, Jones Beach," Paul Stanley said. "We've been coming here for so long, I think even before a lot of you were born."
Stanley shared that a lot of things had gone wrong (such as their overturned truck), and that they almost had to call off their show at Jones Beach, but he underscored that "you can't call off rock and roll." He reminded the audience, for "anybody that has been sleeping over the last six months," they are looking at a band that has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
They immediately broke into "Shout It Out Loud" and "War Machine," which included pyrotechnics and fire canyons, and they promised to give the audience a rock and roll party that they will never forget.
Kiss took their fans to "classic/vintage/old Kiss" era, with the title track of their second studio album "Hotter Than Hell," that featured Gene Simmons breathing fire towards the end of the tune, which was quite the spectacle, as ambulance siren sounds played in the background.
"We are just getting started," Stanley screamed, as Simmons nailed the lead vocals on "I Love It Loud." "Sing It," Simmons shouted, encouraging the fans to sing along.
Stanley noted that every time he puts on the television, radio or the Internet, it is filled with bad news, so he told the crowd to forget all of the problems in the world tonight, since they will be there tomorrow.
As their signature logo displayed in the background, they sang the fan-favorite "Lick It Up," as the audience was clapping along. This song earned them a standing ovation.
Simmons did his bass solo, which featured him spitting blood and it was subsequently followed by his stage's claw structure raising him in the air, as the band joined him on "God of Thunder."
"I can't hear you," Paul told the fans. "Take a look at yourselves with the houselights on. You're beautiful," he added, prior to show them what they look like on their televised video screens, and introduced "Hide Your Heart" as a song from their Hot in the Shade album.
"New York, Let me see your hands up," Simmons said, and he sang co-lead on "Calling Dr. Love," meanwhile Stanley was dancing along.
"You're not getting tired are you?" Stanley asked, prior to noting what an honor it is to play for people for 40 years. "How many people pray?" he further asked. "I pray every day to live an amazing life in the greatest country in the world, the United States of America."
He asked the crowd to invite him to them, to go to the middle of the venue to give everybody a more intimate concert, simply by yelling his name out loud. After three attempts, he was convinced, so he flew out over the audience to the center of the amphitheater and belted out "Love Gun."
"It's time to represent not only the East Coast, New York, but all surrounding areas," Stanley said, requesting the crowd's help to sing along to "Black Diamond," which featured white disco ball lights on the stage.
Stanley hinted that there was a curfew tonight, so as opposed to leaving the stage, hiding and returning, they continued to play two more songs for them, which included the energetic "Detroit Rock City" and their electrifying signature song "Rock and Roll all Night," as white confetti drizzled from shooting rockets, and it was filled with non-stop pyrotechnics.
The Verdict
Overall, hard rock band Kiss stayed true to their promise: they did give New York an unforgettable rock and roll party, and they were utterly fantastic. They had the crowd on their feet for the duration of their entire set. Even the younger kids in the audience were singing along to their music, and a lot of fans were dressed in Kiss' face paintings and flamboyant and campy outfits. There were a lot of theatrics, pyrotechnics, canyons, shooting rockets and confetti throughout their solid production. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knew what they were doing when they inducted them this year. Their show garnered 5 out of 5 stars, and it is certainly worth checking out whenever they are in town.
For more information on Kiss and their tour dates, visit their website.
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