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KISS and Motley Crue 2012 Concert Tour Review New York
KISS and Motley Crue Concert Tour in New York
Wow, what an amazing concert! Talk about thrills, spills, and good
old fashioned straight up partying, that's what Saturday night was at the KISS/Crue
Concert. Everyone there certainly did Rock-N-Roll All Night. It was like one big
giant party from start to finish and I don't think one person left disappointed.
Let's start by saying, the 2012 KISS and Motley Crue Concert Tour at Darien Lake
in Western New York between Rochester and Buffalo on Saturday Night almost
didn't happen. Yes the "last show of the season", as Paul Stanley explained
almost never happened. But why? Well apparently a large part of the KISS stage
show was destroyed in some sort of accident a week prior to the show and they
had to order new stage gear for this show. Additionally, Vince Neil broke his
foot prior to the concert; however as all good performers he refused to let the
fans down. In fact, he still moved around quite well even with the broken foot
and put on a great show.
I was the designated driver so I thought I was in for a boring evening, but
quite the contrary. Initially on the ride into the concert we saw six guys
scrambling down the street and through the woods. We thought they were looking for
a place to go to the bathroom until we noticed that they were emptying their
pockets and trying to hide something. Then I saw the cops coming, however it
took me a minute to recognize them because they were chasing the guys in a golf
cart with sirens on it LMAO :-). All I could think was how embarrassing it must
be to tell everyone that you got busted by Mr. Magoo in a Golf Cart LMAO :-).
Once we got into the show and Motley Crue took the stage I didn't even realize I
wasn't drinking. Strange thing though, I still woke up with a hangover the next
morning :-) Of course that could have also had something to do with the strange
aromas that I seemed to be in the direct path of from the guy next to me. I'm
pretty sure that if I was to have been given a blood test it might have shown
traces of THC :-)
Motley Crue went on to play many of the great hits we all know and love such as
Livewire, Girls, Girls, Girls, Wildside, Home Sweet Home, Dr. Feelgood, Girl
Don't Go Away Mad, Girl Just go Away, Shout at the Devil, and many others
including a new song "Sex" which was great and had a funny story behind it too.
I was a little disappointed not to hear Looks That Kill, but when you have that
many hit songs, you just can't play them all. But they made up for it with
all the sexy scantily dressed women on their stage, especially the one in
tassels, that was my favorite.
There were a few moments during Motley Crue's performance that specifically
entertained me. First off, Vince Neil appeared to have forgotten or just didn't
want to be bothered actually singing a portion of the chorus for Girl Don't Go
Away Mad. He just kind of sang the notes without the words. It was really funny.
Then towards the end of their set, it appeared that Nikki Sixx was puking. I'm
not quite sure on this one, but he hunched over multiple times and liquid came
out of his mouth. This is the only reasonable deduction I could make :-) and
finally upon the introduction of their new song "Sex", Vince asked people for a
show of hands as to how many people liked sex and he proceeded to volunteer both
of his hands :-) LOL. One last note, I was really looking forward to Tommy Lee's
Boob Cam but he didn't bring it out :-( I think the women on stage were
supposed to make up for the boob cam, but I'm not really sure this is something
you can replace :-)
All things considered, Motley Crue Spared no expense, was considerably funnier
than I expected, we got to see strippers and they put on a great show.
Moltey Crue New Release "SEX"
Check out Tommy Lee's Cool Drum Solo:
Let's pause for a moment, to reflect on the irony of this concert. In
Motley Crue's early years they had kind of a KISS theme going for them and would
have certainly appeared to have been influenced by KISS. Today, there is no
longer any signs of that influence. But even more ironic is the work ethic and
responsible professionalism of KISS vs. their counter parts in the Crue. The
KISS show was certainly a PG-13 show while Motley Crue was an easy R rating. I
was just imagining Gene Simmons backstage scolding the young rabble rousers for
their actions :-) But not to take anything away from them, Nikki Sixx is a well
respected and highly talented writer and his band Sixx AM is pretty awesome too.
Funny how the brains behind both bands seem to be heavily in favor of the bass
players (I used to be a bass player :-)
After some brief recovery time and chance to take a leak from all the soda I
was drinking, KISS entered the stage in their usual fashion, "Larger than Life".
They started their set with Detroit Rock City and rocked the house followed up
with songs like Firehouse, God of Thunder, Love It Loud, War Machine, Lick it
up, Love Gun, Doctor Love, Rock and Roll All Night, and many others. And No,
they did not play Beth. I know I said the same thing, "AAAAAAWWWWWWWHHHHHH" but
they were great anyway and showed everyone what legends are made of with a
perfect show. They were so good, that you could close your eyes and you would
almost think you were listening to the album. Whoops, I meant CD :-)
KISS gave us all exactly what we expected, with plenty of moving platforms,
amazing HD backdrop screens that even made their logo look like real lights
while Gene Simmons did plenty of tongue flickering, fire breathing, and blood
spitting as only as Demon or Bat Lizard would do. I'll tell you, after watching
Gene Simmons on the family Jewels I never thought I could take him seriously
again, but he really sells it and when you see him perform, you really think he
is a demon. Paul Stanley did his normal Lover/Star Child move and kept the
audience engaged with great story telling, singing, flying through the air, and
interaction. Ace Frehley (Whoops Again) I mean Tommy Thayer was shooting flames
from his guitar and Eric Singer's whole drum set platform rose into the air in
remembrance Peter Criss's KISS Alive II. They finished their show with Rock-n-Roll All
Night as should be expected with Paul smashing his guitar to close the show.
Gene Simmons Blood Spitting God of Thunder
Gene Breathing Fire and Spitting Fire:
KISS Rock-N- Roll All Night Live:
KISS Rock-N- Roll All Night on Dancing with the Stars:
In closing, the way I see it, there are two reasons you are not supposed to
have two major national headlining bands playing together on the same night and
no, one of those reasons is NOT Ego. Reason number one is because one band is
usually just that much more popular and draws the majority of the people. So
they usually pair up with a semi-popular act with a few good and familiar songs
to warm up the audience. Reason number two, is because of what happened Saturday
Night when Motley Crue and KISS took the stage. Simply pure power house, badass
, intensity, overload. Just when you thought it was time to go home because you
had been red lining it for about 2 hours, it was time for round 2. Each one of
these bands could have simply headlined a show by themselves and it would have
been enough for every fan in attendance. However, they hit you with the double
dose and literally blew you away.
I also should mention that Testament was actually the official opener,
but even they could have had their own show with their following from
over the years. I didn't even want to see that performance because I
knew two was enough, I couldn't even imagine three.
If you haven't seen these guys, I strongly recommend checking out the show the
next time it comes to your town.