Gene Simmons is the last of the original KISS band members to do a solo tour. 2017 marks the year that this is taking place as Simmons and his band have scattered dates throughout with a few linked through Wizard World Comic Con.  After a few dates already, Simmons and his band’s fifth show took place at the Trocadero in Philadelphia this past Friday night.  Simmons’ Band features John Shouse, Ryan Cook and Jeremy Asbrock all on guitar and Jarred Pope on drums.

The music intro began with the intro for his solo hit back in 1978 “Radioactive” before the band kicked into KISS’ infamous opener “Deuce.”  Simmons did a lot of talking in between songs, including some story telling and some crowd interaction.  Fans from all over enjoyed a solid performance that included songs from KISS, his solo career and even a Jeff Beck cover.

Simmons’ voice was strong throughout.  His gritty and growly vocals still remain powerful in songs like “I Love it Loud,” “Parasite” and performed for the first time ever, “Sweet & Dirty Love (off of his last solo release back in 2004 titled “Asshole”).

Simmons had stairs that were connected to the center of the stage and, at times, he invited women up to sing “Do You Love Me” and “I Love it Loud” where just the guys joined in.  For the last song, “Rock and Roll All Nite,” only kids were welcomed on stage to sing along with the band.

One of the highlights of the evening was when Simmons asked the crowd if there were any kids who knew how to play guitar.  A young teenager named Andy C. was up to the challenge as he absolutely nailed “Parasite” from the opening chords to the last.  Everyone took notice of the kid’s talents, especially Simmons.

Simmons wetted the appetite of long time KISS fans with some more obscure songs from the KISS catalog like “Got Love for Sale” and “Charisma.”

The Trocadero is one of the more infamous clubs in the US that have been around for years.  Simmons and his band were poorly lit throughout.  Simmons even asked for lights upon taking the stage but only got a few back lights that really didn’t make a difference.  The front spotlights were not in use.  The show was near capacity and there was no excuse to have fans who paid good money to not be able to clearly see what was going on up on the stage.  Besides this, it was a fun show and Simmons was having the time of his life interacting with the fans and his band. This is what longtime KISS fans have been waiting for and the time is here.  Go see him on his limited run of dates.

Setlist:

 

Deuce (KISS song)

Shout it Out Loud (KISS song)

Nothin’ to Lose (KISS song)

Calling Dr. Love (KISS song)

Do You Love Me (KISS song)

I Love it Loud (KISS song)

Parasite (KISS song)

Radioactive

Christine Sixteen (KISS song)

Sweet & Dirty Love

Got Love for Sale (KISS song)

Cold Gin (KISS song)

Charisma (KISS song)

Domino (KISS song)

Jam (Band Introductions)

Rice Pudding (Jeff Beck cover)

Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll (KISS song)

Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS song)

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We would like to thank Jerry Milani from Wizard World for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That’s when Backstageaxxess.com began.
I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here.
When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do.
My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows:
1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium – Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96
2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) – Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03
3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05
4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89
5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center – Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06
The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.