Admittedly, these are both a couple of has been bands that neither one will probably ever again see chart sucess/album sales in today's current market enviroment which they may have had before just living off of their past now at this point, but what a past! These are arguably the 2 biggest American rock bands of all time. About the only one's I can think of that you can even mention in the same breath with them are Van Halen, and maybe ZZ Top.
KISS, Awesome! I knew each and every single song they played. I thought that there would probably be some I didn't recognize, but there wasn't. Strangely enough, Ace Freeley wasn't there (who I always thought was far and away their best musician). They had some imposter playing his part whose name I don't recall, but if you didn't know any better, I doubt that you could probably even tell the difference. Fireworks, bombs, flashes, sparklers, explosions, fire breathing, blood spitting, tounge wagging, members "flying" through the air, space ship entrance, stage platform ramp risers, drum kit levitating, you name it, they had it. I never realized how good of a singer that Paul Stanley actually was. His voice was just incredible. Gene can't sing though, he's just a screamer/growler. Only songs they played that I didn't like were Beth (I've always hated that song), R&RAN (I'm sick and tired of that overplayed, worn out song almost as much as Freebird), and Shout It Out (never really liked that song anyway). I've always heard that KISS was "the greatest show on earth", and I now believe it. I saw them before back in the 80s without makeup, and they are definitely better with it. Back then, I was dissapointed in their show because I guess it was so overhyped about how great it was, and it simply didn't live up to my (maybe unrealitically high) expectations of it. Last night though, they delivered! It was like the 4th of July all over again. Not only the show itself, but the songs were actually great as they really sounded like a good, tight band.
Aerosmith, Fantastic! They really, really sounded tight! I've seen them in recent years, and more often than not have been dissapointed as I've always thought that just simply weren't a great live band, but last night, I doubt that they've ever sounded better. Maybe it was mainly just because of their song selection. They played a lot of the really old kick ass songs from the 70's, and a lot fewer of the more recent 90s tunes. They did Mama Kin, Same Old song and dance, Toys in the attic, Sweet emotion (my personal favorite all time Aero song), Walk this way (that I'm just as tired of as KISS' R&RAN), Last child, Dream on, Let the music do the talking, and I'm sure I'm probably forgetting to name at least one. They only did a very few of the more recent songs that I don't particularly like, such as Tell me what it takes, Cryin' and Pink. Plus they did a few recent ones that I do like such as Jaded and Love in the elavator. No Dude looks like a lady though. I was also surprised that they didn't do Janie's got a gun, although I'm not complaining that they didn't. I was dissapointed that they didn't do Draw the line. Amazingly enough, right in the middle of their show, they did a set of 3 or 4 old blues songs from the 40s or something that noone had ever heard of. There was a tremendous rush on the bathrooms and consession stands when they did! I'll bet probably about half of the crowd briefly filed out at that time. I figured I'd know each and every Aero tune and wouldn't all of KISS', but the exact opposite was true. I'd never even heard of but one of these old blues songs (which was Baby please don't go, that Ted Nugent and AC/DC have also covered before). They said that they have a new album coming out next year that would be nothing but a bunch of old blues covers such as this. I don't know how that's going to go over though. Judging from the crowd's reaction last night, they might be setting themselves up for a collassal failure of gargantuan proportions! Aerosmith didn't have any of the stage effects like KISS. They just played. Both bands were louder than hell, but I think that KISS was a little louder.
Crowd was easy tell who came to see who. I think that in general, if someone likes one that they will also like the other, but I'm sure that there are some who like one, but can't stand the other. I definitely saw more KISS t shirts, but let's face it, most of Aerosmith's newer fans from recent years are either teeny boppers or older preppies since Aero has pretty much turned into a top 40 adult contemporary band now at this point, thus they wouldn't be as likely to wear a concert t shirt.
If I had to call a winner between the 2, I'd say KISS. Not that Aero wasn't also great, but KISS just gives you more. I think that Aero is probably a better band, but they just don't shock and awe you like KISS does. Plus, for every classic song that Aero can roll out, KISS really can match it with an equally just as classic song all night long. If Aero plays Walk this way, Kiss can counter with R&RAN. Aero brings out Sweet emotion, KIss fires back with 'Detroit rock city, etc., so on and so forth, right on down the line.
Has anyone else seen this tour? If so, what are your thoughts?
After rereading my post, I realized just how hard it seems like I'm bashing Aerosmith's newer material. While most of it it does truly suck, you do have to give them credit for at least trying to come up with new material. When's the last time Kiss even had any new material?