Well, they made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at long last. So the legion of Kiss Army members can check that one of their list of gripes. Finally. Of course, it all didn’t go so well on that induction night, did it? The four original members of Kiss appeared together to accept the honor, but it seemed fairly clear that doing so was an awkward and uncomfortable experience for all. And they didn’t perform together, either. It felt like a bit of a letdown, if you were one of the millions of Kiss fans who’d clamored relentlessly to get the band inducted.
The original members of the world’s greatest theatrical rock band may not have been able to fully bury the hatchet, but the current version of Kiss – with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer replacing original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, respectively – seems to be getting along just fine, thank you. And whatever your position regarding authenticity within the ranks of Kiss, it can’t be argued that the band still puts on one of scorcher of a live show.
You wanted the best, and you got the best, as the infamous stage announcement goes. And at 7 p.m. Wednesday, you’ll also get Def Leppard, British hair metal progenitors supreme, as well as a much buzzed-about new hard rock band, the Dead Daisies, who will open the show at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $36.50-$159.50 for reserved seats and $32.50 general admission on the lawn (www.tickets.com).
– Jeff Miers