The members of Kiss are no strangers to the stage, but the group is closing the curtain on live shows with its End of the Road tour.
Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer took to Toronto last night for the latest stop, and the band put on one hell of a show. From the pyrotechnics infamously associated with a Kiss spectacle to the career-spanning setlist, the show kept a strong momentum from the opening note to the final chord.
The band was introduced by descending into the crowd from a raised platform as pillars of flame burst throughout the border of the stage. Opening with “Detroit Rock City”, the hits were strong and consistent throughout the two-hour set.
Even in a sold-out arena of almost 20,000 fans, the show feels like an intimate concert thanks to the band utilizing the whole space. PauL Stanley took a moment to hop on a rope and travel about the floor crowd to reach another stage across the bowl. Gene Simmons rose on a platform to the barricades to rip through a bass solo. “100,000 Years” concluded with a drum solo that saw the kit get lifted on a hydraulic stand. Each member was given a chance to shine, and the musicianship still stands decades into the band’s career.
Confetti cannons and Kiss-branded beach balls connected the fans and band through unifying moments. Spinning blades of sparks, fireworks, and hanging spiked discs deliver the metal.
As the band gets ready to brings their road show to a halt, the animated presence and technical prowess prove this is a band that is exiting while still in its prime.
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Heaven’s on Fire
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
God of Thunder
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
I Was Made for Lovin’ You
Do You Love Me
Rock and Roll All Nite