Sunday, May 9, 2010

2010 - KISS, support TAKING DAWN


Fans on their way to the venue

“You’ve wanted the best, you’ve got the best …” and they were the best. KISS at the O2 in Dublin.

Las Vegas based support act Taking Dawn played a 45 minutes set and, like many support bands, had to struggle with a moderate sound and little lighting. Nonetheless, they were quite well received and their songs had melody and depth and the guys were a joy to listen to.

TAKING DAWN **



Again, like so many other support acts KISS had had over the decades, TD paled in comparison to the beast that is KISS.

All the usual effects from rising drum kits to fire and blood spitting and so on were there and the pyrotechnics were marvellous, yet – what impressed me the most was how musically tight and professional the 4-piece unit is.

“From the beginning to the boom”, referring to their latest offering SONIC BOOM, the band performed new material as well as classics including anthems like: “God gave rock and roll to you”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Love Gun” and a brilliantly sounding “Crazy Nights”.

Kiss new the history and often teased the Irish crowd by mentioning Birmingham and Sheffield while challenging the Irish ‘Kiss Army’ to sing better than the British crowd had done, thereby getting more out of the audience and increasing the mutual experience.

Although the Irish fans weren’t all that enthusiastic, judging on my going to KISS concerts a number of times before this one, they were still rocking enough to leave their mark on the KISS tour.

A great night out with a band that doesn’t only rock on but seems to notch it up every time they do a tour.

KISS ***


KISS rocking it out in Dublin


Paul Stanley during "I was made for loving you" on the second stage


KISS on stage in Dublin