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    7th KISS: KISS/The Dead Daisies Concert Review

    Well I went to see my favorite band for the 7th time Saturday night!
    I took my cousin Zachary and a friend to see KISS in Huntington, WV on their final date of this tour.
    According to reports, this was the best attended concert of their tour, and was the most sold show, ticket wise, this venue, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, has ever had.
    That’s wonderful news.
    Plus, they gave a veteran a new home.
    Say what you want, but KISS are a people’s band.
    This was the first time that KISS had played there since 1988.
    As usual, they put on a great show and to me, their songs are timeless.
    And for those that disagree, you’re missing out.
    Honestly, for the past few years, I’ve been weirded out by drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer having to dress up as ex members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, but after watching them play so great again and kicking butt Saturday night, I’m fine with it again.
    The whole band kicked butt, as usual.
    KISS founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are still there, and have always been there.
    They are the Lennon/McCartney of KISS.
    I have been a fan of this band since 1998, which is when I saw KISS for the first time, on December 8th in Charleston, WV.
    A place I hope they will play again, also, because they have not been there since May 2nd of 2000.
    I know because I was there for that show, too.
    I love all their albums, all lineups, and hope they will make another album.
    Paul says they probably will, so I think that’s money in the bank that it will happen.
    I am forever biased towards this band and I hope I always will be.
    People can think whatever they want about me, but no matter what I am, I am a KISS fan.
    Through and through.
    In fact, when I die, hopefully no time soon, I want to be buried with something KISS related in my collection.
    I love them that much.
    I will never apologize for my love for KISS or for anything that I love and will not/would not change any of it.
    The same goes for all these concerts that I go to.
    Again, should I be not spending my money so much and get a life as they say? Yeah, but again, I’ve had fun. And I will not apologize for it.
    I hope someday I’ll get my life in order more and be okay, but again, I’ve had so much fun these past 18 years of going to concerts, and discovering all this great music that I love.
    Music, and most especially KISS, have never let me down.
    And they never will.
    Believe it or not, I have two more concerts to go to this year.
    But they’re not until November.
    And I have one more night of work until I’m on staycation for a few days.
    Well, it’s been fun as always and I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did living it.
    Lucas Hannon
    P.S. The opening band of this concert, The Dead Daisies, are pretty good, too.
    I met them after their set and got them to autograph their new CD Make Some Noise for me.
    The band is made up of singer John Corabi, guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy, bassist Marco Mendoza, and drummer Brian Tichy.
    Great players.
    Check them out.
    I also got a pic with Corabi.

    KISS Set List:

    1. Detroit Rock City
    2. Deuce
    3. Shout It Out Loud
    4. Do You Love Me
    5. I Love It Loud
    6. Flaming Youth
    7. Gene Simmons Bass Solo
    8. God Of Thunder
    9. Psycho Circus
    10. Shock Me
    11. Tommy Thayer Guitar Solo
    12. Cold Gin
    13. Lick It Up
    14. War Machine
    15. Love Gun
    16. Black Diamond
    17. Encore: Beth
    18. The Star Spangled Banner
    19. Rock And Roll All Nite

    The Dead Daisies Set List:

    1. Midnight Moses (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover)
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover)
    5. Lock ‘N’ Load
    6. Long Way To Go
    7. Join Together (The Who cover)
    8. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    9. Devil Out Of Time
    10. Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover)

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    Axl/DC: AC/DC Concert Review

    Axl Rose is amazing!!
    This year he has been doing double duty with his band Guns N Roses, who I saw in July, and AC/DC, who I saw last night.
    I almost did not go to this show because I was sick as a dog the night before and all yesterday morning.
    But I was able to get enough of a nap that made the difference.
    And I am sooooo glad I made it because I would have regretted it forever it I had missed this show.
    I swear this was another one of my favorite shows ever.
    I saw AC/DC in 2010, and I swear I liked them even more last night.
    When I first read that Axl was going to do this, I knew he could pull it off, vocally, but I just didn’t think it would happen, because he has a nasty reputation for starting shows ultra late and leaving the stage during shows, which would never fly with AC/DC.
    But I swear that stuff appears to be long since over.
    For both GNR and AC/DC, he’s showing up on time, being cool and even humble, and of course, being the great singer/frontman that he has always been.
    The band were just incredible, of course, but Axl truly stole the show for me.
    Seeing him rocking out and dancing and grooving to songs by his favorite band made me smile.
    And they have let him pick songs to play that they haven’t done in decades.
    AC/DC played a 2.5 hour set.
    It was everything I wanted and more.
    Again, I am so glad I went to this show.
    For any doubters out there, quit doubting.
    If AC/DC do continue after this tour, I truly hope their singer for 36 years, Brian Johnson, is able to come back (edit:  he did rejoin), but I swear Axl/DC works.
    I don’t see Axl staying just because GNR are going to be so busy, but Axl has said he wants to stay and will as long as guitarist Angus Young wants him to stay.
    We’ll see.
    But either way, this was another phenomenal show for my record books.
    Oh and Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown opened.  
    I had seen them a few months before opening for GNR.
    Very good, solid hard rock band.
    My next show will be my favorite band KISS this Saturday in Huntington.
    Wow what a year!!
    Rock On!!

    AC/DC Band Members:

    AC/DC Set List:

    1. Rock Or Bust
    2. Shoot To Thrill
    3. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
    4. Back In Black
    5. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
    6. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    7. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
    8. Thunderstruck
    9. High Voltage
    10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Train 
    11. Hells Bells
    12. Given The Dog A Bone
    13. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
    14. Live Wire
    15. Sin City
    16. You Shook Me All Night Long
    17. Shot Down In Flames
    18. Have A Drink On Me
    19. T.N.T.
    20. Whole Lotta Rosie
    21. Let There Be Rock
    22. Encore:  Highway To Hell
    23. Riff Raff
    24. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

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