Rock legends KISS played their first Scottish gig in 17 years on Sunday night, at Glasgow’s SECC, as part of their Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour.
The Choob was there and as someone who has been a casual fan of the band, at best, I have to say – those guys know how to put on one hell of a great show.
With the possible exception of Iron Maiden, I’ve never seen a band stage a better, more theatrical concert.
Hydraulic platforms, bursts of flame, mortar explosions, ticker tape, a guitar that fires off rockets, a rope slide that carrried Paul Stanley over the heads of the audience to a revolving platform at the back of the arena and, of course, Gene Simmons‘ fire-breating and blood-spitting… and more besides.
Oh, and the music wasn’t too bad either – especially since the two remaining original founding members, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are 60 and 58 respectively (though you’d never guess that from their performances).
Not being a major fan of the band, I was in two minds when I was offered the chance of a ticket – I’m so glad I took it up now. Awesome show and a great night.
And here, hot off the digital, um, video… press, ahem, here we have a selection of videos recorded at the Glasgow gig.
First up, Say Yeah, taken from their latest album, Sonic Boom:
Next, their 1987 hit Crazy Crazy Nights, which, according to Paul Stanley, they hadn’t played live for about 17 years: