by Terri Bey
I attended the KISS concert at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, KY. on the band’s “End of the Road Tour” on March 12, 2019. The “End of the Road” Tour is the legendary band’s final tour. I have been a fan of the band since 1977, and have loved all the lineups, from the original lineup with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, to their non makeup years, all the way to the present with Eric Singer as the role of the “Catman,” wearing the makeup originally designed by Peter Criss, and Tommy Thayer as the “Spaceman,” wearing the makeup originally designed by Ace Frehley. I have enjoyed this great band’s music, and seen them 49 previous times. Last night was my 50th and final time.
In this blog, I am going to give my readers a review of the show. I hope you enjoy this blog. Feedback is welcome.
After about a 90 minute drive from Lexington, KY, where I live and fighting traffic in downtown Louisville, I park my car in the KFC Yum Center’s parking lot. I go eat, and get on the line to wait for the doors to open. While waiting outside the venue, we KISS fans were greeted by this Elmer Gantry-type character with a huge sign, and a loudspeaker, who lectured us about how we were going to hell, and how God doesn’t love us sinners, and how Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and the other two knuckleheads are evil, etc. Someone eventually got him to put a sock in it. It was about time, as the guy was getting on my nerves.
I got to my front row seat. David Garibaldi, the painter opened the show. He paints to music. That’s the best that I can describe his act. He was amazing. He painted a picture of Paul McCartney to some of his music. One song I remember was “Live and Let Die.” Garibaldi painted a picture of Muhammad Ali, the “Louisville Loudmouth” to Van Halen’s “Right Now” and to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing. Garibaldi’s final painting was of a racehorse with the faces of the KISS members in each corner. That was my favorite. My two loves, horse racing and KISS in one painting. Now, if Garibaldi had been able to have fit the R.M.S. Titanic, my third love, in there, he would have nailed it, but I digress.
As for KISS, well, they rocked the house. I mean, what else can you expect. It was overall a great show. The new show that Paul Stanley and the band hyped up was really cool with the laser effects and the fire shooting out, and the risers, and Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer going up in those basket things during Rock and Roll All Nite, etc was everything they promised it would be. I loved the part during “God of Thunder,” when all the smaller screens showed Simmons singing the song. That was awesome. I loved Tommy Thayer’s shooting the UFO things during his solo. That was pretty cool as well.
Musically, the band was incredibly tight. Tommy Thayer was the musical highlight of the show. God, he was amazing. Thayer’s playing was spot on. Thayer played the old classics like “Detroit, Rock City” and the newer songs like “I Love It Loud” with such authority. I was blown away. Thayer was just brilliant. I particularly loved Tommy, and actually, the whole band in that little jam they did at the end of “Let Me Go, Rock and Roll.” That was awesome. Eric Singer was outstanding on drums, as well. I loved his solo, as well. I loved Singer’s Keith Moon fill during the “Won’t Get Fooled Again” section of “Lick It Up,” in particular. Singer and Thayer are on top of their game.
Gene Simmons was in good voice. It was a lot of fun hearing him sing “Deuce,” “I Love It Loud,” and such. He did his blood spitting and his fire breathing acts which got the crowd going. Gene’s blood spitting and fire breathing act never get old. Gene is such a master showman. I always enjoy seeing him perform.
Paul Stanley showed why he was and still is one of rock’s best frontmen. I first have to say how great he looked. They ALL looked good, but Stanley looked fantastic. As for his performance, Paul Stanley was great. Stanley did his usual divide the crowd thing to see who was louder than the other. Stanley danced and pranced. I have to admire him. I don’t know where he gets the energy to keep entertaining us KISS fans, but I tip my hat to him. His voice sounded good.
I had a great time at this show. I got to interact with Tommy Thayer from my front row seat. Eric Singer said hello to me from the stage.That was so much fun. I love Tommy and Eric to death. They’re both great guys. I caught three guitar picks from Thayer, but I gave one of them to a kid next to me, and that kid gave me the biggest hug ever. What a show it was.
I highly recommend folks go see KISS on their “End of the Road” Tour. You won’t regret it.
I would like to end this blog by thanking the guys for a hell of a performance, last night. I am going through all the emotions, as I realize it is my last show ever. Thank you, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer. Thanks for everything.
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