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Kiss -In Concert dlp [red]


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Double album on red magenta vinyls with gatefold cover, OBI-strip, poster and a 20-page concert program. Limited 100 copies

Kiss performed at the Rupp Arena, in Lexington, KY on March 5, 1977 with supporting act Legs Diamond. This was during the Rock and Roll Over Tour, performing 14 songs to a sold out crowd of around 16,700 KISS Army Fans. According to the newspaper article review below, the fans were not to crazy about the opening act Legs Diamond, of which seemed to be a pattern back in the 70’s with opening acts for KISS. No one really cared to much for the openers, they just wanted to see their hero’s performing on stage, period.

It was the most bizarre Black and White Minstrel Show ever to play Lexington. Whatever rock band Kiss was throwing out at Rupp Arena last night its adoring fans – some 16,700 members of the famous Kiss Army – were lapping it up. Seventy minutes of high-powered rock and roll left many in the audience standing on their seats hollering for more. If you’ve been living in a cave for the last two years you might not be familiar with these four New York musicians who fancy black and white Kabuki-like makeup and black glitter outfits with 7-inch platform heel. The Kiss style is basic guitar chording and endlessly-repetitive lyrics which turn teens every way but loose. For Kiss fanatics, these songs are teen anthems. Opening the concert was Legs Diamond a Los Angeles-based band with punk-rock tendencies. Their 35-minute set was mildly interesting to the Kiss audience. After three songs from the head-liners it was obvious no one would remain seated. Rock and Roll Party and Meet You in the Ladies Room kept the arena rocking, although bass guitar player Gene Simmons vocals on the Ladies Room was subpar. Although Kiss theatrics (flashpots, explosions and a flashing Kiss sign) were employed from the start – it wasn’t until Firehouse that the kids got the chance to see Simmons do his flame-blowing routine. That poignant scene was followed by lead guitarist Ace Frehley’s flaming guitar solo and his grinding playing wasn’t even good background music. But a Kiss show is more a visual trip than an aural one. Those thunderderclap rhythm lines cover a lot of Frehley’s and Paul Stanley’s guitar parts. Songs like Nothing To Lose rely on repetitious lyric lines and cheerleading by band members to work the audience into a frenzy. But with Kiss, the frenzy is a release and the band delights in revealing that the dangers lurking on stage are imaginary. They are the current masters of escapist rock and roll. Where some bands use glitter, explosions, spotlight prisms, strobe lights Or flashpots to create an effect – KISS uses all of these effects, and more, to appeal to the dark side of the teenage psyche. When Simmons perches on a stack of speakers and coughs up phony blood, the audience urges him on. It’s one way of saying he’s giving everything for his audience and he isn’t too far wrong on that score. This band puts out. As Peter Criss drum solo flowed into God or Thunder the flashpots signaled the concert climax – a climax that was reached with Rock and Roll All Night. For their encore, Criss took Center Stage for his Beth solo (backed by a recording Of piano and Strings). Shout It was included in the encore and after 70 minutes of a rock and roll firestorm, Kiss beat feet into limousines for the trip back to the hotel. Kiss might very well have set the Rupp Arena concert attendance record – Lawrence Welk drew some 16,000 to the opening LCC concert last October.

Track list:
1. Detroit Rock City
2. Take Me
3. Let Me Go, Rock And Roll
4. Ladies Room
5. Firehouse
6. Makin Love
7. I Want You
8. Cold Gin
9. Ace Frehley Guitar Solo
10. Do You Love Me?
11. Nothin To Lose
12. Gene Simmons Bass Solo
13. God Of Thunder
14. Peter Criss Drum Solo
15. Rock And Roll All Nite
16. Shout It Out Loud
17. Beth
18. Black Diamond

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