Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, KISS brought their iconic rock’n roll spectacular show to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, giving Philly one more of one the best rock shows that they will ever get to see live, with their ‘End Of The Road‘ farewell tour. Bringing a high energy performance to showcase the longevity of their career and allow fans to relive their historic legacy one final time. Bringing along a bigger, bolder, louder and brighter show then they have ever brought out on the road with them in the past, which isn’t easy since KISS brings one of the most legendary production rigs that a tour has ever seen.
Heating up the sold out arena with explosions of pyro as the KISS curtain fluttered to the floor, unveiling “the hottest band in the world,” KISS made up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer as they made their grand entry to the stage, coming from above. Each of them decked out in their signature makeup, high-heeled boots and one-of-a-kind elaborate sparkling costumes. Their joint on-stage showmanship is absolutely mindblowing, Immediately showcasing that this is one of their biggest shows ever, with a dozen octagon shaped video screens floating above them, blood, confetti, lasers, balloons, fireworks and pyrotechnics of all kinds lighting up the arena like it was the Fourth Of July, and even some unique stunts like Simmons fire-breathing and Stanley soaring above the crowd to the b-stage in the back of the arena and lets not forget when Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer hovering over the crowd shredding while being hoisted around by a moving crane. Their captivating stage presence is a force to be reckoned with and not one that can compared to any other live band.
KISS powered through their 20-song setlist with a vengeance as fans roared along to each and every song on their setlist, of course the band performed songs that everyone was there to hear like “Deuce,” “War Machine,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” “Detroit Rock City,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” and of course their encores “Beth” and “Rock And Roll All Nite.” Their songs sounding more crisp, powerful and stunning live then they do on their recorded albums which is no surprised for the seasoned performers.
Highlights of their set include, during “Love Gun” Stanley soared out to a b-stage set up in the back of the arena floor and he remained there until the end of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” when he glided back to the main stage. Another would be, Simmons brief horror show also wowed the crowd as he rose to the ceiling of the building during “God of Thunder” spitting blood as he soloed. The encore also made for an emotion-filled tender moment during “Beth” as Eric Singer arose from beneath the stage on a piano as the rest of the band gathered around him to perform the piano-driven song that KISS fans adore. Another notable mention would be Singer’s exceptional drum solo as the drum riser became more and more elevated throughout his performance. However, the best was the rock’n roll anthem that they ended with “Rock N Roll All Nite” which showered the fans in red and white confetti which also flooded the floor as KISS balloons bounced atop fans making for an incredible ending to a massive show.
The ‘End Of The Road’ Tour wraps up its North American leg one of the tour on April 13th in Alabama, from there the band will then begin embarking on a European/U.K. trek in late May. KISS will then return to North American for its second leg of the tour beginning later this year in August, followed by the remaining dates wrapping up the tour with shows in Australia and New Zealand in November. You can find a full list of tour dates, HERE. Kiss the band one final farewell on this tour and grab your tickets before they are gone and be apart of KISSTORY!