Artist: KISS Title: “Rock The Nation” Label: Image Entertainment Release Date: 12/13/2005 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 8/10
KISS returns to the small screen following their “Rock The Nation” tour with a concert film that is sure to satisfy a large amount of their fans. The KISS of today is a little different than legacy fans might remember as Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have been gone from the group for a couple of years. In their place and their signature makeup is Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer on guitar and drums respectively. When this first became practice the original KISS fan in me was annoyed at this aspect but it was clear after some time that Ace and Peter simply were not going to be able to cut it or follow the directives lined out by Simmons and Stanley to keep this group running. I would have preferred these fine musicians join in and KISS carry on without the greasepaint, but in truth KISS in makeup is what fills the seats and allows them the larger than life personas that so many recognize. Having seen them in the live setting I can say that they do the original members justice and perform with an enthusiasm that Peter and Ace no longer seemed to have during their final appearances of their tenure. This DVD takes us to the front row of one of their performances on the “Rock The Nation” tour and it is a great follow-up to their last release of “Alive IV: KISS Symphony”. That particular DVD still had Peter but Thayer was already made up as the Spaceman. “Rock The Nation” was a show that if you were able to get by the other cast members now in famous makeup you were able to enjoy the concert as it featured a large amount of songs that had not been played in years. Songs like “Parasite”, “Love Her All I Can” and “Makin’ Love” had not been part of the live set for a long time and it was indeed a treat to hear them performed again. KISS also had begun the practice of adding non-makeup era songs to their set and this was a welcome change since so many good songs came out after their makeup removal in 1983. As a result we find “Lick It Up”, “Tears Are Falling” and “Unholy” on the film and these were MTV Staples at the time of their release. During this tour there were all sorts of added tunes and I felt KISS could have found a place for them on this double DVD. Sadly they did not and while the concert itself is done and shot well they did not add more of the tracks for the ardent KISS fan to enjoy. Continue reading “Rock The Nation” by KISS→
Artist: KISS Title: “Konfidential & X-Treme Closeup” Label: Universal Music Release Date: 1/25/2005 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 8/10
This DVD finds two individual VHS tapes that were released in the nineties finding a new home on one single DVD release. As someone who owned these originally and finding my own copies in sore need of replacement I was very happy to see them come out in this fashion. Given they are two unique programs we will address them as such for the review.
KISS: Konfidential: This was a live concert that featured the “Revenge” lineup of Simmons, Stanley, Eric Singer & Bruce Kulick. The concert as a whole is good and is also what viewers will find on the CD for “Alive III”. As the concert plays the band interlaces a lot of backstage and studio banter with the members of the group. Some of it is amusing and some is filler but it is still fun to see KISS in a relaxed manner. With their album “Revenge” we would find KISS at their strongest with a Hard Rock/Metal record that showed that they were not only back but meant business. I would have preferred that the bantering and discussions be left as a bonus which would allow for the show to be watched alone but this DVD is essentially a straight transfer of the original VHS . There are also four full makeup era clips from live shows around 1975-1977 and those always make for fun watching. Seeing these will probably cause the same reaction in you as other fans who are demanding full concert releases from these years. The teaser clips prove to us that they have this footage and it is high time for their release on individual products. Continue reading “Konfidential & X-Treme Closeup” [DVD] by KISS→
Artist: KISS Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) Opener: Poison and ZO2 Label: Sanctuary Records Date: 07-20-2004
KISS Returns once again!!! The “Farewell Tour” has ended and so has the “World Domination Tour”. Now KISS has come back with the “Rock The Nation” tour and the first stop in the Tri-State area was New Jersey’s PNC Arts Center. KISS’ return this time around would be without two of its founding members. Sadly, Lead Guitarist Ace Frehley has been gone for a few years, replaced by Black N Blue’s Tommy Thayer. Most recently, Drummer Peter Criss has been replaced by Eric Singer who fans remember well from a couple of KISS albums in the 90’s (“Revenge” and “Carnival Of Souls”). These guys are decked out in the full costumes and makeup of the founders which I admit bothered me at first since I grew up with this band. However, seeing Tommy play his part as Ace and knowing full well the abilities of Eric Singer I looked past it, and decided to go. Continue reading KISS @ PNC Bank Arts Center (7/20/2004)→