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KISS AXS TV Zurich, Switzerland Concert Review

As most of my readers know, I am a huge fan of the rock band, KISS, and have been for 36 years. I have written a couple of blogs about the band, one being about the celebration of their 40th Anniversary, another reviewing their most recent album, “Monster,” and a few others. I will be reviewing a KISS concert I just watched on AXS TV from Swittzerland today, June 20, 2013.

[adinserter block=”2″]KISS is currently on a European tour celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The tour started on June 1st in Stockholm, Sweden, and ends on June 22nd in Clisson, France. KISS continues its North American leg (in limited dates) on July 5th in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and finishes in Hollywood, FL on August 18th, as of this writing. The band then goes to Japan in mid-October for a couple of dates, and then participates to their KISS KRUISE III in the last weekend of October.

Thursday June 21st, AXS TV aired a live KISS concert from the band’s current European tour. The show emanated from the Hallen Stadion in Zurich, Switzerland, and AXS TV aired it at 3pm ET (12pm PT). I advise you check your local listings for replays.

Now, I will proceed to review the concert itself. I hope you will enjoy it.
Here was the setlist as follows:

Psycho Circus
Shout It Out Loud
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
I Love It Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
War Machine
(Gene does his fire breathing act.)
Heaven’s on Fire
Deuce
Say Yeah
Shock Me
(Only first verse)
Outta This World
(Tommy does guitar solo. Shoots sparklers out of guitar. He and Eric Jam. Eric does the bazooka routine.)
God of Thunder
(Gene bass solo. Does blood spitting act. Flies to the top.)
Lick It Up
Love Gun
(Paul flies over crowd to the B-stage)
Rock and Roll All Nite

Encore:
Detroit Rock City
I Was Made for Lovin’ You
Black Diamond

I thought it was a very good, solid set list. I think the band did a very good job of mixing some of the 70’s classics with the 80’s songs, along with the recent material from “Sonic Boom” (Say Yeah), and “Monster” (“Hallelujah,” “World”). My only wish would be that the band remove that one lyric of “Shock Me” and put in maybe “Lightning Strikes” from “Sonic Boom.” Overall, very good setlist.

The band overall was awesome. Everyone sounded great. The guys look like they really enjoy playing together, and enjoy each other. I think they have developed their own unique chemistry.

Bassist and Demon Gene Simmons was just awesome. I became that 9-10 year old all over again. It was fun seeing him spit blood, and breathe fire.

Drummer and Catman Eric Singer proved why he is one of the best drummers playing today. He was just so precise. He also was pretty entertaining during the jam session with Tommy Thayer. It looks like the two get along well. I love how Eric rocks back and forth along with the “Deuce” choreography.

Paul Stanley, well what else can be said? He showed why he is one of the best front men in rock. He sang pretty well, and his voice held up well. For someone who has been in the music business for 40 plus years, he still kicks ass. There are not too many people that can still be as talented and still be a top rated superstar like Paul Stanley after 40 years in music.

[adinserter block=”2″]Tommy Thayer was magnificent. He did a great job performing at the show. I loved hearing him sing that one line of “Shock Me,” and then going into “Out of this World,” which is my favorite song on “Monster.” I thought he was amazing tonight. When the band played the 70’s classics, Tommy played the licks and stuff that was done by Ace Frehley faithfully, and I think Ace’s fans should be proud of Tommy. I know this Ace fan is.

Overall, the entire show was really awesome. I absolutely loved the stage show. The spider stage was so awesome. During certain songs, the lights would change colors. I loved how band members would go up in the air with those levitating risers during certain songs (Tommy during his jam with Eric Singer). I totally enjoyed the show.

Even at 40, KISS, along with their pyro, makeup, and most importantly, their music, is still very much alive and kicking.

You wanted the best! You got the best! The Hottest Band in the World! KISS!

Thanks for reading.

Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Terri,

    I enjoyed your review of the AXS TV Kiss concert. However I am having a very hard time understanding how you think Paul sang well & that his voice held up well. I couldn’t disagree more. His voice cracked like a sidewalk during an earthquake. It was downright horrible & made my wife & I cringe numerous times. I noticed his voice started going downhill during the MTV World Stage Rock Am Ring show in 2010. Last year we saw kiss in Cincinnati on The Tour and he was awful then too.

    With that said I am a diehard lifelong Kiss fan. Of course I understand that Paul and Gene are now in their 60’s and it’s unfair to compare them today to their prime. But this is now a Kiss cover band. Gene looks like he’s trying to imitate himself on-stage and even his voice is starting to go downhill. Tommy is not original in any way, shape or form and is an Ace puppet. I like Singer but can’t handle him in Peters make up.

    The show in Zurich was awful. I seriously believe they need to cancel the rest of the tour, re-unite with the real Ace & Peter and play one last show at Yankee stadium and leave with the little respect they have left.

    Now I’m going to go watch the 1977 MSG show! Thanks Terri!

    • Hi Frank,
      I was been in Zürich and have seen the concert. All the things you are saying are right. I'm totally with you and I'm a die hard fan from the early 70 right now. The voice from Paul is horrible now, sad but true
      Wolfi

      • I was a big KISS fan as a teen, saw them a ton between Hot In Shade & Psycho Circus tours but havent followed them much in the last 10 years. Ive heard the stories about the voices going but Ill be honest, I dont think they sounded bad at all. Paul hit several high notes & Gene avoided the same high notes he did 20 yrs ago. I put the show on just to check it out & couldnt turn it off. I thought it was good. Was it the KISS show I saw in 1990? No but it was much better than expected & nice to relive those teenage years.

        • Eric, I judged the show based on the fact that this was KISS in 2013, and it was nearing the end of the European tour, and such. I felt overall that if I took into consideration that Paul is 61, and such, I thought the show was really good. Peter Criss, as far as his talent, was deteriorating as far back as the Farewell Tour. They had to use triggers on his drums. During the 2003 tour, with Aerosmith, sorry, Peter sounded awful. I have been a fan since 1977. Die hard Original lineup fan. The original lineup is always gonna be my favorite. However, the band has moved on through different lineups, and per Eric Singer in a recent interview in Europe, "This is the lineup."

        • I was there and it was awesome! 😀
          What a performance – Amongst others I was impressed how fit Paul is corporally: He was jumping, going down on his knees, flying… 😮 and Gene stil does fire-breathing… Respect!
          All in all positively surprised.

    • I couldn't agree more. I've seen Kiss numerous times and I thought Paul sounded terrible! Tommy is a joke! I love Eric he is a great drummer and his voice was awesome. Gene is always good but since his tv show I can't look at him the same as I did before he became human and not a DEMON. I want to hear Cold Gin and Strutter I don't need to hear Tommy singing anything. Shout it out Loud has never been a song I hope to hear on the radio or concert. What about Firehouse or Hotter Than He'll. The reunion tour was my favorite that I saw with the original Kiss members but if they want to keep going take the makeup off and follow up the Revenge album!

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