“You wanted the best; you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS.”
This is the sentence that every KISS army fanatic hears before the band melts their faces off with hard guitars and catchy drums.
This past summer KISS joined forces with Mötley Crüe to make the tour of the summer and maybe, for some, the tour of a lifetime.
The American tour began on July 21 in Virginia Beach and ended in Hartford, Conn., on Sept. 23. This summer’s tour was so huge that KISS and Mötley Crüe simply named the shows, “The Tour.” It was an easy name to find because no other show was as huge as this one.
Both bands are on the verge of releasing their new albums. KISS is releasing “Monster” on Oct. 16 and Mötley Crüe has yet to announce its new album, but on July 17, the band released a single, called “Sex,” off of it.
Vince Neil said during his show, “Nikki Sixx approached me and said we should make a song about sex. I told him you are crazy, we have been making songs about sex and partying for years.”
Both these bands have loyal fans, and have been rock gods for a while now. KISS has been rocking in front of huge crowds since 1973.
KISS has always been known as one of the best live acts in the business and never disappoints. Mötley Crüe formed in 1981; they were bad boys from Los Angeles, Calif., who loved to party and cause havoc.
On Sept. 21, “The Tour” landed in Holmdel, N.J., to rock in front of a packed crowd at the PNC Arts Center.
The first band to take the stage was the opening band, The Treatment. KISS and Mötley Crüe both agreed to headline. The Treatment played a good show and their singer sounded like a young Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.
Next up to the plate after The Treatment was Mötley Crüe. They had an interesting beginning video with a little guy climbing a clock and slowly getting to the 12 o’clock. While the little guy was climbing, people dressed in red carried flags that read, “MC,” to the stage.
Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil took to the stage to loud applause from the crowd. They began the show with a song off their last album, “Saints of Los Angeles.”
Mötley Crüe, like KISS, is known for its great show and crazy acts on stage. Mötley Crüe kept its image in Holmdel, as the crowd could not keep their eyes off the stage because they were afraid they would miss the next crazy act.
During Tommy Lee’s drum solo he goes around on a Ferris wheel while playing along to electronic music. Lee also chooses someone from the crowd to come along for the ride. While they are in air the song, “Love Rollercoaster,” made famous by The Ohio Players, is played.
Nikki Sixx, who is known to be crazy on stage and in public, started shooting fire out of his bass guitar.
Mötley Crüe also gave the crowd what they wanted, and that was the classic songs that made the band famous.
KISS finished off the concert and put an exclamation point on a great show. The last few summers when KISS toured the band began each show with a song from its latest album, “Hell or Hallelujah.” But this summer KISS went back to its traditional song, “Detroit Rock City.”
The band members did their stage acts that every fan knows and loves.
Gene Simmons took his sword that was lit on fire and breathed in the fire while slamming the sword on center stage.
Later on in the show he did his bass solo while spitting out blood. Right before the song “God of Thunder,” he flew towards the ceiling and performed the song from up there.
Tommy Thayer brought back a fan favorite, “Shock Me,” which used to be performed by ex guitarist Ace Frehley. Thayer later shot fireworks out of his guitar.
Eric Singer performed a drum solo and was lifted into the air while doing this and he later performed the song, “Rock Bottom.”
Last was the star child, Paul Stanley. He did his usual act of flying out to the seats in the back and performing a song for the audience. He also did his fan favorite act at the end during “Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night.” While the confetti is flying down during the song, Stanley begins to slam his guitar until it splits in half.
KISS had a lot of explosions and fire throughout the show. The demon, space ace, cat man and star child put on a show to remember.
“The Tour” only had two more nights after Holmdel: A show at Jones Beach, N.Y., and another in Hartford.
Like Nikki Sixx said in one of his tweets, this was a summer to remember.
This is the summer two great rock ‘n’ roll bands came together to form a tour for the ages.