Date: May 6, 1997
City: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Venue: General Motors Place
May 6, 1997
This photo and all others on this page
are by Rodney Gitzel, from Drop D Magazine.
**Read their review of the show at their site.
All of the classics were covered, including "Do You Love Me", "Calling Dr. Love", "Love Gun" (where Paul flew on a bungee across the arena), "God of Thunder" (the highlight of the show, with Gene spitting blood and flying up to the rafters), "Firehouse", "Detroit Rock City", "Rock and Roll All Nite", "Beth", and many others. An interesting and fantastic inclusion was "I Was Made For Loving You", KISS' 1979 disco hit. No expense was spared on the theatrics either; the big flashing KISS sign, jumbo video monitors for those people in the nosebleed seats, Gene breathing fire and spitting blood, lots of pyrotechnics, and a deafening 110 decibel sound system ensured the fans that KISS could show the new kids a thing or two. Young and old were there, some sporting tour shirts from the 1970's with children in tow, while others were proud to be wearing a new memento at their first KISS show. The moderate (nowadays, anyway) ticket price of $45 was well worth it; KISS have not lost their flair for entertaining despite noticeable age lines on the guys and a paunchy-looking Gene. Still, for a bunch of guys in their late 40's (and in Peter Criss' case, 50!), they look nowhere near ready for retirement.
As everyone knows, the four original members of KISS reformed and embarked on a tour together for the first time since 1979. This was a dream come true for me as I had only seen them once before in Calgary, Alberta on the disappointing Crazy Nights tour of 1987-88. Getting to see the original KISS decked out in full regalia was something I always thought would be left to videotapes and tribute bands. Then in 1995, after reconciling to perform an MTV Unplugged special, Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter decided to put the makeup on again and give the fans what they have wanted for years--a KISS reunion tour.
Now that all is said and done and the tour has wrapped up, one can only
speculate what we can expect from KISS in the future. As preparations
are being made for a new studio release in mid-1998, myself and other KISS
fans will get to see if the magic that KISS put on hold 18 years ago can
be rekindled, thus qualifying what has been called the "Second Coming of
Sean's Kanadian KISS Konnection
May 10th, 1997