The 7th installment of the KISS Kruise was a little different this time around. This year it disembarked from the Port of Orleans instead of the Port of Miami, which it has done for the 1st 6 years. Another difference is that the band really dug deep to give the die hards a little bit something special.  Usually guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer are the catalysts to get founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to open up the catalog some. They did a great job this time around in doing so as 5 deep cuts were played for this show.

The band took the stage late as the meet and greet photo ran over. They usually are prompt but this year took the stage about 9:20 pm (20 minutes late).  Soon as KISS took the stage it the band immediately dove into the 5th track off of the 1977 famed “Love Gun” album called “Tomorrow and Tonight.”  Right then the fans knew they were into something special. This tune was never played before live (editors note: The Alive 2 version wasn’t recorded live). The band really did the song justice. They followed up with another gem in “Sweet Pain” off of “Destroyer.” The band fed off of the energy from the crowd from the 2 opening rare tracks.

These weren’t the only deep cuts as the band also dug out “Hot and Cold” off of “Sonic Boom,” which was never played before live. One of the highlights was a song that hasn’t been played since 1980 when KISS dove into “Is That You?” Stanley’s vocals were spot on. Of course what isn’t a KISS set without such classics as “I Love it Loud,” “War Machine,” and “Black Diamond (which Singer sang lead on).” It was cool to see the band put “Cold Gin” back into the set.

The highlight for me personally was the band changing up the encore and ending the set with “I” off of “The Elder.” This album is beloved by fans and anytime you can get a a song played off of that disc is a win for them. The song sounded great and I was so thrilled they played it in its entirety (they teased it on KISS Kruise 6).

The band sounded very tight and what has been said about Stanley’s vocals can’t be said on this night. He was strong throughout the majority of the set. If there was any complaint that could be waged, the only one maybe it was that the set was a little short. Other than that, this was just about as good as it gets. Could this been the best setlist the band has ever gave the fans on any KISS Kruise? That is open to debate but what isn’t is that the more the band digs deep, the more the fans really appreciate it and it showed tenfold!

 

Setlist:

Tomorrow and Tonight

Sweet Pain

Shout it Out Loud

I Love it Loud

Flaming Youth

Hot and Cold

Say Yeah

War Machine

Is That You?

Cold Gin

Lick it Up

Black Diamond

Detroit Rock City

Encore:

Rock and Roll All Nite

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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.