John Labatt Centre, London, Ont. - September 29, 2009
By JAMES REANEY - Sun Media
LONDON, Ont. Sweet 35 and still being KISSed like the first time.
Downtown London time-warped back to the 1970s last night when KISS headlined at a sold-out John Labatt Centre.
With 8,682 fans, many of them wearing the facepaint of their heroes jamming the downtown London arena, there was a whole lot of rock and roll all night.
KISS veterans Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are still around from the band that rocked London again and again -- 1974 being the first time when the band was young and visited twice.
The band and the fans knew what to do when it was time for Rock and Roll All Nite, as the spectacular finale to the main set. Spectacular as in Simmons and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer being lofted on huge platforms with stage smoke billowing from them like jet exhaust.
Spectacular as in the fans singing and shouting along because they love the band, the song and what KISS means to them after all these years.
KISSIN' hot it was "last nite" with a multi-song encore still to come. Stanley smacked around his guitar to prompt the pyro blasts. He then allowed the crowd to egg him into smashing the guitar.
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