The last big action blockbuster of the summer, and possibly the most explosion-filled, came to town last night in the form of Kiss' at Blossom Music Center.
At the start of the decade, it seemed the energy from the band's 1996 return to facepainting had run its course, with surprisingly lackluster performances only half-filling venues across the country. But for whatever reason, the band once again is in full possession of its distinct mojo onstage and staking claim as the true kings of the arena-rock spectacle.
Perhaps the newer guys in the band — Cleveland native Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on lead guitar — have given mainstays Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons a shot in the arm by so faithfully recapturing the spirit of the band's '70s heyday, even on newer material.
Kiss played three songs from their latest album Sonic Boom, and they all held up admirably next to warhorses like "Detroit Rock City" and "Duece."
Stanley in particular seemed to be having a fantastic time, dropping Led Zeppelin and Who riffs in the middle of the band's own surprisingly muscular songs, demonstrating an uncanny ability to deliver guitar picks to any corner of the venue, and generally never letting the crowd's attention wander back to the fact we all had to get up early for work the next morning. —Matthew Wilkening
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