KISS starts “End of the Road” in Vancouver

KISS fans in Vancouver were first to hear and see the new show: the band’s farewell “End of The Road” tour debuted last night at Rogers Arena, with a brand new, impressive-looking stage, and a full-bodied setlist.

While most of the songs performed came from the early part of the KISS’ career, they were conscious of paying attention to music from other eras, particularly the ’80s. The complete set list is shown below, as well as a fan-shot video of the show opener, “Detroit Rock City.”

Of course, with KISS the visuals are what drives the concert. Among the highlights, Paul Stanley flew over and across the crowd onto a second stage to perform “Love Gun,Gene Simmons soared high above the stage to play “God of Thunder” and guitarist Tommy Thayer shot spark-rockets out of his guitar during his solo. The intro included Stanley, Simmons, and Thayer descending from the ceiling on three giant pods.

During Stanley’s “100,000 Years” rap, hydraulic risers on either side of the stage and under the drum kit lifted Eric Singer, Thayer, and Simmons high in the air. During “Beth,” a sparkling piano rose from the floor for Singer, while on the show finale,“Rock And Roll All Nite,” two gigantic cranes carried Simmons and Thayer over the furthest reaches of the arena’s floor.

The band didn’t spend a lot of time reminiscing, and if you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t have any reason to think that this was KISS’ final tour. Other than some in-between-song speeches thanking fans for their support, and occasional montages and collages of video and photos from throughout the group’s history, the affirmation that this was the “End Of The Road” did not come up.

Next on the itinerary for the band is Portland, OR. The tour continues through till the end of the year, Dec. 3 show in Auckland, NZ.

KISS: “End of the Road” Opening Night Set List
1. “Detroit Rock City”
2. “Shout It Out Loud”
3. “Deuce”
4. “Say Yeah”
5. “Heaven’s On Fire”
6. “War Machine”
7. “Lick It Up”
8. “100,000 Years”
9. “God of Thunder”
10. “Cold Gin”
11. “Psycho Circus”
12. “I Love It Loud”
13. “Hide Your Heart”
14. “Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll”
15. “Love Gun”
16. “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”
17. “Black Diamond”
18. “Beth”
19. “Do You Love Me?”
20. “Rock and Roll All Nite”

Source: www.ultimateclassic.rock

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