“You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best: KISS!”

musings 250_edited-1In a few hours I will hear those words introduce probably the most recognizable rock band in the world, besides the Beatles.  I thought about writing this tonight after the show, but I know it will end past my bedtime and it is a school night.  I may post a comment to this letting you know how the show went.

This will be maybe the fifth or sixth time that I have seen KISS.  I even saw them during the period when they didn’t wear the make-up.  The first time was in Huntsville, AL with Night Ranger opening for them.  “Sing Me Away” had just been released to radio by Night Ranger, so they were virtually a no-name opening act.  They literally got booed off the stage because everyone wants to see KISS.

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KISS rocks Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 16, 2014. Click to enlarge. (Photo: Zach Clayton).

Tonight will be special because I am taking my two boys – Will & Kyle to see KISS for the first time.  While they each have been to several concerts, this is one that I am excited for them to see.  I am glad they get to experience KISS before they fade away. While arguments can be made as to whether KISS is past their prime or whether they shouldn’t play without the original four – you can’t deny their show.  Whether it is Gene spitting blood or Paul flying out over the audience, it is a sight to see.  I truly hope they enjoy the show.

I should also mention that Def Leppard is opening up for KISS.  I saw Def Lep (easier to type) a couple of years ago with Poison.  While Pyromania was in my tape player in high school, I never really considered myself a huge fan.  They really didn’t move the needle that much on the Zacho Likability meter after the show.  Everything seemed about a half a beat slower and it relied heavily on sound effects to replicate the song you heard on the album.  I hope the computer doesn’t freeze up on their show, if you know what I mean.

I should probably plug the KISS books while I have your attention – Bueller, Bueller.  All four original KISS members have written the tell-all books.  Regretfully, they each were published over the span of maybe eight years, so you have to have a photographic memory to be able to compare the versions.  From what I remember, Gene said he was responsible for everything, Ace was a tortured soul demonized by alcohol and women, Peter drank and chased everything, while Paul feels the band is his.  In between was various tales of debauchery.  I must say that the consensus is that Ace & Peter let drugs and alcohol control their lives until their playing skills were sub-par.  If you want to see what rock & roll was like in the 70’s during the sex, drugs, and rock & roll era – Peter’s book is the one for you.

In closing, I am really looking forward to the look on my boys’ faces when they see KISS.  That will be worth the price of admission alone.  By the way – if it is too loud – you are too old!

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”


  1. Zach Clayton says:

    Follow-up to the blog above as I munch on a blackened crow sandwich – Def Leppard exceed my expectations. While still somewhat over-produced, they put on a great show.

    KISS was what you expected – large & loud rock. They used as much pyrotechnics as any 4th of July show. They still have it and deliver a great show. Make sure you catch them if they come close to you.

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