KISS cranks up the spectacle for record Bluesfest crowd
By Lynn Saxberg, The Ottawa CitizenJuly 16, 2009
Photograph by Jean Levac,
Nothing could stop KISS in front of a record-setting crowd of 30,000 at Bluesfest last night. Not the rain, the decibel limit or even the snub to Shannon Tweed, who watched her man, bassist Gene Simmons, perform from a freshly installed VIP section on a raised platform near the sound tent.
Up on the massive stage, the band steamrolled over any obstacle, be it weather-related or bureaucratic, and delivered a concert that lived up to all expectations in terms of lights, volume and special effects. The lights were blinding, the sound was blasting and the effects included pyro, confetti cannons, aerial wires and their trademark monster-glam costumes.
But what about the music? Well, you have to hand it to lead singer Paul Stanley for taking over the reins to the legendary '70s hard-rockers. When he wasn't shredding his voice at the microphone, he acted as host of the rock extravaganza, and did most of the talking. Word is he's also the producer responsible for getting the band back to basics on its forthcoming album, the first in a decade, due for release in October.