Way back in the past…..in a misbegotten youth I was in the Army, not just any Army, but the KISS Army! Remember KISS – The GREATEST Band in the world? Well KISS is touring again, unbelievably doing a 40th Anniversary World Tour! These guys are currently in their 60’s still jumping, flying, kicking and dancing around in their 7″ platform heels; they’re 20 years older than me and I could barely walk the stairs in the stadium!
I remember way back when, my first introduction was in the 70’s I vividly remember seeing them in a film about alternative glam rock in my music appreciation class in Primary School, I wasn’t even a teenager yet, but they still sparked something. Not long after a brother of a friend introduced me to some more of the music, I was hooked. I got hold of bootleg copies of all their stuff, which honestly wasn’t a lot back then, mostly live stuff with really bad audio. By 1979 the Dynasty Album hit Australia, this was their 7th album and suddenly, they were a hit, they were cool……..I already knew it!
I was completely obsessed, typical teenager, every inch of my room was covered in photos, articles, drawings. By the time Unmasked hit the Aussie shores, in 1980, the fans were in a complete frenzy, a tour was announced and I begged, pleaded, probably even threatened to throw myself off a bridge to convince my parents to a) let me go b)buy me a ticket. I got mine with friends through the KISS Army, we spent weeks painting our banner, we waited hours at the airport for them to arrive, we spent hours camped out at their hotel, we cued for hours to get into the area where the concert was held. Even the media were in a frenzy, nothing like KISS had hit our shores since the Beatles.
I had never seen anything like it…………believe me you will NEVER forget your first KISS Concert; the music, the theatrics, the pyrotechnics, the blood, gore, fire breathing, these guys KNOW HOW to put on a show!
I went and saw them on stage a few years back as well, Must have been the Kiss my arse tour in 1995; no theatrics (well not really), no costumes, no make-up, it was truly weird, 4 guys on stage in street clothes (Just like any normal rock band)……….but once they started playing, the still brought the house down!
Jump forward 35 years – these guys STILL know how to put on a show. Moth had never seen them live, I think at first he was shocked, not sure what to expect, it’s a circus atmosphere, it’s a spectacle, by the time the concert finished everyone was pumped. KISS covers all ages, we saw a lot of young kids (under 10) in full dress and make up, the KISS Army is still alive and thriving………….they were everywhere, 40 – 50 year olds (like us), some even much older, all in face paint, T-shirts and more……….there was even a baby (I kid you not, could not have been more than 6 months old, ear muffs on grinning and bouncing around on Mum’s knee).
Seriously I could not stop grinning, I had the time of my life, still am pumped listening to Dynasty as I write this 🙂 It’s funny, I posted a pics on Instagram and got comments from – “are they still around” to “WOW I wish I was they” and “They are the greatest band ever”. Love them or Hate them……….everyone knows WHO they are and that’s the best kind of publicity isn’t it? They truly are legends when it comes to marketing! I even got a hit from KISSARMYUSA on instagram lol!