KISS and Motley Crue Concert Review

By Julia Luciw

When I first found out that I was going to get to go to the Motley Crue and Kiss concert, I was ecstatic. I’ve wanted to see both groups especially Kiss. The reason I was able to attend the concert was because of the accident that occurred the day before. This caused the concert to get postponed due to the band’s gear spilling across the highway.

That didn’t make any difference and both bands promised a concert of epic proportions for the crowd that came out to DTE Energy Music Theater on Thursday, September 6th.  I was so ready for it! Unfortunately, due to unseen events regarding a ticket situation, I almost didn’t get into the concert. I was delayed for a long period of time and ended up missing most of Motley Crue’s set list. This is why I feel wrong about reviewing their performance.

Once inside, I was greeted to a great crowd and an energetic few songs. The set was pretty awesome to look at and featured lasers, pyrotechnics, and plenty of girls, girls, girls. Vince Neil was wearing an “I heart single moms” vest while Tommy Lee played a drum solo spinning around in a circular set piece. Mick Mars looked mysterious as always and took an awesome guitar solo and Nikki was busy playing away.

The few songs I did see included “Dr. Feelgood,” featuring a bevy of beauties dressed up as nurses. Then Vince talked fondly about riding his motorcycle down the highway, using a throttle that sparked. After this, Motley ended with “Kickstart my Heart” and plenty of blasts of fire. I later looked up the set list and it seemed that most of their tunes came from their eighties heyday except for “Saints of Los Angeles” and their latest single.

After Motley finished, I was so geared up for Kiss. They rose down from platforms towards the stage, glistening in the lights with their outfits and makeup. The crowd put up their devil horns when they started the show with “Detroit Rock City.” I thought that was so appropriate! Even Paul Stanley said that Kiss wrote one song about a city and that Detroit was it since we supported them from day one. After this, Kiss amped up the volume for “Shout it out Loud” and “I love it Loud.” Then “Firehouse” came featuring a backdrop of flames and Simmons doing his cool fire breathing routine.

Once this was over, they performed their new tune “Hell or Hallelujah” that is sure to be a Kiss classic. “War Machine” followed with a nod to the Kiss Army. What I enjoyed watching was actually the interplay between Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as well as newer members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. While I wish the original lineup would tour, this was no substitution. Thayer proved that during his stint playing “Shock me,” an Ace Frehley track. He did a great job performing with Singer backing him up.

Then came one of the highlights of the night for me; Simmon’s bass solo with his blood routine. Simmon’s really did become some sort of demon while he played away on bass, sticking his tongue out and covering it in blood. Then he flew up above the lights like a bat. Stanley couldn’t quite top that act but he did a great job on “Love Gun,” telling us all that we were beautiful. He then proceeded to zip line across the crowd towards the middle of the pavilion where I was sitting, landing on a revolving platform.

Other highlights of the show included the crowd sing-along during “Lick it Up” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” with an explosion of confetti. Plus, Kiss had plenty of pyrotechnics, special effects, and theatricality. The only real criticism I have is that I thought a ballad section would’ve been nice featuring “Beth” or “God gave Rock n’ Roll to You II.”

I would recommend everyone see Kiss at least once. I really thought the combination of Motley Crue and Kiss wasn’t going to work but I do think it was a good double bill that kept everyone rocking and rolling all night long.