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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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