The Tour – Motley Crue & KISS

By on August 28, 2012

Paul Stanley (photo: Frank Colucci)

Tampa, Fla. (7/28/12)– I love it loud

The Saints of Los Angeles marched through a packed crowd Saturday July 28th, making their way to the stage at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater.  Waving flags and shooting fire extinguishers in the air. The place was packed, from the front of the stage all the way to the lawn. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical shelling out $185.00 for this one. I’ve seen Motley about ten times since the Dr. Feelgood tour at the Bayfront  Center in St. Pete back in 91 –  92 and KISS probably just as many times dating back to their Hot In The Shade tour when they weren’t wearing any makeup.

Each band did 12 songs and a solo. Motley’s solo, of course, was Tommy Lee on drums. Tommy is definitely one of the best showman drummers of all time. His rollercoaster drum set has been on tour for a few years now. Although, it wasn’t the most bad ass drum solo I have ever seen, it was still spectacular.  One lucky fan got to ride the coaster with Tommy. Motley’s set list consisted of its radio hits including Wild Side, Home Sweet Home, Girls-Girls-Girls & Kick Start My Heart.  Motley also preformed its brand new song, titled SEX.  A perfect name for a song from a band whose list of women is at least a mile long.

Up next was KISS or should I say Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and two other guys pretending to be original members. (Tommy Thayer, lead

Gene Simmons (photo: Frank Colucci)

guitar and Eric Singer, drums) First, let me say, I love KISS. I have been into them since the early 80’s and I understand that bands have members who come and go. I also acknowledge that there are very few acts over thirty years old that still consist of its original members. However, I do feel somewhat cheated when I see two guys dressed exactly like the original members, wearing the same makeup and performing the songs exactly like the original members.  I mean, put a little of your own personal touch into it.  Now with that being said, the show was nothing less than amazing. A casual KISS fan wouldn’t have even known it wasn’t the original lineup.

One of the great things about seeing KISS live is the giant TV screen on their stage. It’s so big, crystal clear and in your face!  It almost gives you the feeling of being in the front row. KISS’ set started with the classic Detroit Rock City and ended with its anthem Rock and Roll All Nite. Other colossal hits included Shout it Out Loud, Love Gun and Lick It UpKISS also played a new song off of their yet to be released album, titled “Monster”. The single is called “Hell or Hallelujah”. In my opinion, this is their best material since their 1992 album, Revenge.  KISS’ solo, of course, consisted of Gene spitting blood and flying to the top of the stage to finally sing the bass driven song “God of Thunder”. The show ended with the drums in the air. Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer played on risers high in the sky while cannons shot so much confetti it looked like there was a snow storm in Tampa, Florida.

Now that the show is over, I have to reevaluate my opinion regarding the cost of my ticket. While this was the most money that I have ever spent on one concert, in the end, it was actually two shows in one.   Each of these bands could easily charge $100.00 in their own right. So, now that I think about it, maybe this co-headliner show was actually a bargain.

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