KISS – Ridgefield, Washington – September 17, 2021 – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
You wanted the best, you got the best! Truly, in rock n’ roll, nothing seems to compare to the legendary and iconic band, KISS. KISS has basically created an empire. Why? Because the fans demanded it and the members (past and present) are talented both musically and in showmanship.
This was my first-time seeing KISS perform live and man, KISS proved why they have lasted over four decades, why they continue to influence and inspire music today, why they are the kings of their craft, why they FINALLY became part of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (2014), why the show was basically sold out, AND… that rock bands out there now, still have a lot to learn. That was my lasting impression leaving the show that night.
I absolutely loved seeing fans of all ages come out and rock with the most influential rock band of all time. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer were all represented by people sporting their Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Spaceman face paint, respectively. Audience members of all ages were treated to an exceeding expectations rock show. The energy was electrifying, I might have not known what to expect but people around me sure did. A huge banner that said KISS covered the stage as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’ song played over the massive sound system. As soon as that song was done playing, “You wanted the best, you got the best” followed by a big boom, curtain drop, and Gene, Paul, and our own Oregon’s Tommy descended from the ceiling on platforms directly to center stage. Drummer Eric became visible soon thereafter.
The men of KISS started off the evening with “Detroit Rock City,” off their 1976 album Destroyer, followed by “Shout it Out Loud,” from the same album. I am a big fan of synchronized movements from bands and KISS (perhaps started it) and has perfected it.
Four decades worth of timeless music gives fans a 20 song setlist followed by a three-song encore. Included in this fast paced and electrifying show was Thayer’s guitar solo where he moved to various spots on stage, shredded on the guitar, and with help of effects of pyro-technics and effects, destroyed the stage. Gene Simmons as the Demon spat blood while pounding on his bass and I absolutely could not look away. Of course, the Demon also breathes fire! Knowing the longevity of this iconic band, it was impressive that Paul’s Star Child moved with the same ease and vigor of a 20 something rockstar. We were also treated to an awesome drum solo by Eric Singer who made it look so easy. His drum set rose, the screen behind him had the illusion of him playing in front of a set of mirrors with multiple reflections behind him.
I am so thankful that I was able to see KISS finally, even though it was during the alleged final tour. Each member on stage showed rock n’ roll ease, classic and timeless, yet mesmerizing.
Personally, I can now see how influential KISS is to our very own self-proclaimed, beloved local musician, friend, and guitarist for the band Toxic Zombie, Bishop Freeman. After seeing KISS live myself, I can absolutely see how much KISS has influenced so many. The show had everything you could ever dream of in a rock show.
Pyrotechnics, blood, lights, rock n’ roll gear and rocking music!
KISS has such a way of putting on a show that I totally forgot about all of the negative things that are going on in the world. Truer words were never spoken; on this night I wanted to Rock and Roll all night, and party every day with them.
The setlist for Kiss’ “End of the Road Tour” was incredible:
- Detroit Rock City
- Shout It Out Loud
- War Machine
- Heavens on Fire
- I Love It Loud
- Lick It up
- Calling Dr. Love
- Say Yeah
- Cold Gin
- Tears Are Falling
- Psycho Circus
- 100,000 Years
- God of Thunder
- Love Gun
- I Was Made for Loving You
- Black Diamond
- Do You Love Me
- Rock and Roll All Nite
- God Gave Rock and Roll to You