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Gig review: Kiss



Arena Birmingham ★★★★★

IN A tour aptly dubbed The End Of The Road, Kiss are calling time on their career and incredible live show — despite a previous ‘farewell tour’ in 2000.

While we may have heard it all before, in truth, Kiss really did perform each song like it was their last in a show that pulled out all the explosive stops: Detroit Rock City and Shout It Out Loud kicked off the pyrotechnics, before Gene Simmons breathed fire on War Machine and Tommy Thayler fired rockets from his guitar.

There were also cherry pickers, a levitating drum kit (best enjoyed during a six-minute drum solo on 100,000 Years) and charismatic, rabble-rousing co-frontman Paul Stanley soaring over the packed crowd on a custom-built podium.

Following a heartfelt rendition of Beth, performed on piano by drummer Eric Singer, all that was left for the quartet to do was belt out renditions of Crazy Crazy Nights and Rock And Roll All Nite, before a crescendo of yet more pyro (fireworks and flames) plunged Kiss into darkness.

A crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy night, indeed.