The words rang out through the LG arena as Modern Day Delilah kicked in and Eric Singer pounded the drums. From behind him, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer rose like Gods while fireworks went off all around them.
And thats how the greatest gig of my life so far began.
It was Wednesday the fifth of May, and I had just handed in an Autobiography that was hideously over the given word count (4766 words over to be precise), and I was in need of some r&r. I knew what was happening for the rest of that day. I was going to be giggling like a school girl for the next 12 hours, knowing that I was going to see the Spaceman, the Demon, the Cat and the Starchild do what they did best: rock and roll all night and party every day. I hurried to town to meet Paul and Danny, my best friends, at the train station. They were travelling from the motherland to be there with me that night, and as soon as we saw each other, the excitement level rose. we headed back to 219 HQ, to have some tea, chill out, have some bevvies, and put our slap on for the gig. As there were only three of us, no one was going to be made up as the Cat. But no one wants to be the cat. No one wants to be Peter Criss. Not even Peter Criss wants to be Peter Criss. So no major loss as we got prepared. I assumed my role as Ace Frehley/Tommy Thayer AKA The Spaceman. Danny took up the post of Paul Stanley AKA The Starchild. And Paul, our resident lady killer, donned the guise of Gene Simmons AKA The Demon. We were tipsy, made up, and ready to rock, so into the taxi we went.
The Taxi driver had no knowledge of KISS, and looked perplexed and mildly terrified the whole way to the arena. However, being a great guy, he said that rather than get another taxi home at the end of the night, to just ring his number and he'd come back for us. Sorted. No taxi to worry about after the gig, now we just had to enjoy ourselves.
And that we did.
Here's the Setlist:
Modern Day Delilah
Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Crazy Crazy Nights
I'm An Animal
I Love It Loud
Detroit Rock City
WOW. What a setlist. A great mix of old and new, although some classics like Strutter and Hotter Than Hell could have took the place of say 100,000 Years and Firehouse. But they weren't finished yet. Did somebody say encore?
Lick It Up
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Loving You
God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You
Rock And Roll All Nite
Boom. Five song encore? Yes Please! Great way to end the gig, but it wasn't just the songs that made it special. How about Spaceman and The Cat having a solo duel, before Spaceman launched some fireworks from his guitar? How about The Demon slapping the hell out of his bass before spreading his wings and flying up to the scaffolding high above the stage? How about The Starchild grabbing on and flying out over the audience to a stage in the middle of the crowd. Everything about this band screams showmanship. The Amazing light and sound show. The pyrotechnics being as hot as hell and dazzling to look at. The costumes. The make up. The ridiculously high boots. This band have still got it, and I hope they have it for a long time to come yet.
Best. Gig. Ever.
P.S If you fancy looking at some pictures of what we looked like at the gig, and some pictures from the gig (coming soon), check this out: