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Kiss – Stockholm Stadion, Stockholm, 2010-06-12

2010-06-13

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With Kiss, you know what you’ll get – and that’s both good and bad. Since the first time I saw them in 1996 up until now, I think they’ve used the same stage for their outdoor shows. The setlist changes somewhat with each tour, but all the gimmicks are the same – Paul flies out in the audience on a zip wire, Gene flies up in the rafters, and Tommy shoots fireworks from his guitar. Oh, and Eric’s drumkit raises off the stage floor like a spaceship! And every time Kiss plays in Sweden, Paul uses the phrase “Jag gillar din rumpa” (”I like your ass”). Wonder if he has a notebook with phrases for each country they go to that he memorizes before the show?

When we got to the stadium the space closest to the stage was already full, but after some finessing we secured great spots right up against the fence outside the inner circle on the right hand side of the stage. We only had a couple of really short girls in front of us, so the view was great.

This time around Kiss tours with a new album, Sonic Boom. The concert started with the opening track of that album Modern Day Delilah. It was a great opener, and I really like Sonic Boom, cause it sounds like classic Kiss. Gene, Paul, and Tommy appeared on this platform that rose from behind the drum riser, and traveled over it before touching down on the stage floor in front of it.

For the second song Paul announced that they were going back to the beginning, before launching in to Cold Gin. The song sounded great, as always. In fact, Kiss always sound great, probably because they don’t really take any chances with setlist variations etc. I’m not going to write about every song, just the ones that stood out to me. If you’re interested in what they played, just check out the setlist below ths review.

Say Yeah from the new album was real fun I thought. Everyone in the audience around where we stood were really in to the new songs as well. This song works great live since it has such a singalong-friendly chorus.

The first surprise of the night for me was when they brought out Crazy Crazy Nights! I love Kiss’ post-makeup phase and was really pleased to hear this song, a first time for me. And you could tell that the rest of the audience loved it too, cause the place went nuts! The only thing that surprises me though, is that Kiss doesn’t play Heaven’s on Fire – that song was huge in Sweden.

The only odd song choice of the night was I’m an Animal from Sonic Boom. This post-grunge rocker clashes heavily with the classic Kiss sound. Why not play Russian Roulette or All For the Glory instead?

Love Gun is a favorite of mine, and Paul had the audience singing the first verse acapella before starting the song. But the highlight of the show for me, as always, is Black Diamond. The giant mirror ball in the ceiling of the stage starts spinning while the spotlights cast a purple light on Paul and his guitar as he starts playing the familiar haunting intro. After a while it turns in to the Led Zeppelin classic Whole Lotta Love, and Paul sings the first verse and chorus with no other backup than his guitar. This was just fantastic! Then he makes the audience sing the first verse, just like on Love Gun, before the rest of the band joins him and they launch into the song for real. Eric Singer does a great job on the vocal duties, just as he does on the first encore of the night, a surprise appearance of Beth, with the entire band at the front of the stage and Paul and Tommy playing acoustic guitars.

Lick it Up is the second encore, and man this is good! I really didn’t think we’d get to hear this since they did Crazy Crazy Nights, but I was sure happy to be proven wrong!

For I Was Made For Lovin’ You, Paul Stanley flies out in the audience on a zip wire system, and performs the song on a platform out by the mixing desk facing the stage. I remember when he did this at Stadion back in 1997 and the zip wire was a much more simple construction, causing Paul to dip very close to the audience and people actually grabbing hold of his platform shoes.

Now it was time for the biggest surprise of the night: God Gave Rock and Roll to You II. Last tour Kiss played this song over the PA after they left the stage, and I remember the missus and me saying how great it would be if they actually played it, and now they did! I really like this last vestige of Kiss’ post-makeup reign, and it’s such a crowd pleaser with a great chorus for everyone to sing along to.

After the final song Rock and Roll All Nite, the night came to a close with an amazing fireworks display, easily rivaling any fourth of July fireworks I’ve seen. I don’t remember the fireworks being this long on the last tour. It was probably about five minutes long.

The concert lasted about 2 hours and 10 minutes, and I was happy to see that instead of bumping some of the classics for new Sonic Boom songs, the set was simply longer. Very nice indeed. The only odd thing was that they didn’t play Strutter and God of Thunder. If only they’d switched I’m an Animal for Strutter, and the night would have been perfect. But I’m not complaining – I wanted the best, and I totally got what I came for! ;)

By the way, I should also mention that Sweden’s biggest rock band, eighties rockers Europe, opened the show. They played the following set: 1. Last Look at Eden 2. Love is Not the Enemy 3. Superstitious 4. Scream of Anger 5. Let the Good Times Rock 6. New Love in Town 7. Rock the Night (w/ snippets of Another One Bites the Dust and Heaven and Hell) 8. The Final Countdown

Setlist:

Start: 21.15

01. Modern Day Delilah
02. Cold Gin
03. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll
04. Firehouse
05. Say Yeah
06. Deuce
07. Crazy Crazy Nights
08. Calling Dr. Love
09. Shock Me
10. I’m an Animal
11. 100,000 Years
12. I Love it Loud
13. Love Gun
14. Black Diamond
15. Detroit Rock City

Encore:
16. Beth
17. Lick it Up
18. Shout it Out Loud
19. I Was Made for Lovin’ You
20. God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You II
21. Rock and Roll All Nite

End: 23.27

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3 Responses to “Kiss – Stockholm Stadion, Stockholm, 2010-06-12”

  1. Namaeh says:

    Spelade inte Mustasch också?

  2. Daniel says:

    Jo, det gjorde dom.

  3. I’d have loved to see Kiss back in their prime!!

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