They could do no wrong and they knew it.
With more fireworks than many Canada Day celebrations, more makeup than a sleepover for 13-year-old girls, fire breathing, tongue flashing, shooting guitars and blood spitting, KISS gave their fans, many decked out in their own KISS make-up, exactly what they came for, rock ‘n’ roll and showmanship.
They hammed it up for photographers, they hammed it up for the crowd.
Sure, the sound wasn’t the best, their voices no longer youthful, but none of the more than 5,000 fans, many, members of the KISS army, in the CN Centre noticed, or they just didn’t care, they were ecstatic.
Original band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, joined by Eric Singer on drums and lead guitarist Tommie Thayer, put on a typical KISS show.
Decked out in stylized platform boots and wearing their respective characteristic makeup, KISS had the crowd in the palm of their hands from the opening pyrotechnics as they kicked into gear with Modern Day Delilah from their latest CD Sonic Boom and followed that with Cold Gin and Let Me Go Rock ‘N’ Roll.
From start to finish the crowd enjoyed every moment of the show, and KISS knew they would.
As he had done with other cities on the B.C. leg of KISS’s Hottest Show on Earth tour, Stanley anointed Prince George the rock ‘n’ roll capital of Canada and why not, few in the CN Centre weren’t singing or dancing along with every song.
Other crowd pleasers included The Demon, Gene Simmons performing his God of Thunder solo, including blood spitting and the crowd loved it.
After almost every song, Stanley asked the crowd if they were getting what they came for and every time the crowd answered with a loud cheer.
As all good performers, KISS kept the best to last, sending their fans home to the Beth, Lick it up, Shout it Out Loud and in a shower of confetti, their signature song, Rock and Roll all Nite.