KISS, Motley Crue at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/8/12 (photos and review) - Reverb

KISS, Motley Crue at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/8/12 (photos and review)

After four decades as a band, the things about a KISS concert that stick are those you might imagine. KISS has released some of the most significant collections of live material (non-bootlegs) in rock — which means just about everyone on the planet has experienced KISS “live” in one way or another. The real deal, though, is incomparable.

I finally caught that real thing Wednesday night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, and I can tell you that the iconic foursome, indisputably, still brings it.

From the laser-bottlerockets and bazooka fire that spaceman Tommy Thayer and feline percussionist Eric Singer exchanged, to the demonic blood-vomiting and fire-spewing of Gene Simmons, the show offered everything a fan could want. Of course, Paul Stanley played the consummate frontman in the style he damn-near originated, constantly throwing out call and response challenges in that familiar New York accent.

KISS stuck with a comforting selection of classics, starting with “Detroit Rock City” and “Shout It Out Loud” in quick succession. Stanley mentioned old McNichols Arena shows – showing the band’s age – before jumping into “Love Gun,” with a zipline transport to a raised platform in the middle of the crowd. They filled out the set with “Shock Me,” “God of Thunder,” “Lick It Up” and a brilliant version of “Black Diamond” before an encore featuring the mega hit “Rock ‘N Roll All Nite.”

A wavering performance by Motley Crue paved the way for KISS. Led by an under-impressed Vince Neil, the band phoned in an insipid, maybe marginally adequate performance, despite pyrotechnics and a roller coaster drum setup. The fact that the has-been foursome and ridiculous go-go girls had to compete with the setting sun might have justified the laziness. But this band’s complete lack of moxie made it all but impossible to attribute its vapidity to anything but a lack of present day significance and little talent.

KISS setlist:

Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
I Love It Loud
Firehouse
Love Gun
War machine
Shock Me
Hell or Halleluja
God of Thunder
Lick It Up
Black Diamond

Encore:
Rock’N Roll All Nite

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Billy Thieme is a Denver-based writer, an old-school punk and a huge follower of Denver’s vibrant local music scene. Follow Billy’s explorations at DenverThread.com, and his giglist at Gigbot.

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  • Maria_romero2006

    Wow, what a horrible and biased write up by someone that probably wasn’t paying any attention to the crowd during a boring and dated kiss set. From section 201 one could see the crowd hitting the exits during Stanley’s zip line trick, half the crowd sitting in their chairs and the calls for songs the crowd knew.  Crue on the other hand had the whole crowd on their feet and engaged. Vince Neil set the tone with his best Denver performance in a few trips to the Mile High city. Crue mixed it up with some new intros to songs and Mick Mars playing new solo rifs rather than his traditional stuff. And Tommy Lee’s drum solo by himself was better musically and more up to date, than the dual drum and guitar solo that kiss put out. The bottom line, Crue performed with a more refined feel for its own music, than did kiss who without Gene Simmons’ antics gave nothing more than a tribute band like performance. I would never pay to see kiss again after last nights performance, the crowds interest in beach balls and balloons were other examples of their overall impression of the kiss performance.

    • FLEXX

      your a PUTZ….KISS RULES

    • LargeCock

      Huh, I was in front row and that’s not how I remember it. It was probably the best KISS performance Ive seen and Ive seen them a couple of times. The crowd was determinately not leaving, that place was packed at the end of the night. So either you’re blind or just plain stupid. How about next time don’t buy tickets and let someone who is actually a fan have those seats, instead of wasting them on your piece of shit self.

    • Tony R.

      Hey little boy, you should actually attend the show before you post
      about someone else’s comments in regards to the show that did attend.
      You also should read all the other posted comments which validate my
      post. I can bet I have seen both bands more times than the number of
      years you have been alive. So grow up, buy tickets, learn how to spell
      and use words correctly before posting about a concert you didn’t
      attend. I never said kiss was a bad band, I simply spoke the truth that
      their performance was lacking. That has been echoed by several Kiss fans
      whom also attended the concert. Only those who attended the concert
      would be able to say, just as it was stated on KBPI, that the crowd
      thinned out after MC’s performance and continued to thin out during
      kiss’ set. Additionally, I think it is a bit weird that a guy would buy
      front row seats to see several all men groups.

    • Mdd440

      fuck you kiss made crue seem like they were running in slow motion!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/COT3TFAYHEXVD5EDTYVFITILS4 Steven

      except for motley crue sucked. big fat balls. maybe if VInce Neil knew how to use a microphone, or if his ears work, he would have understood that no one could understand anything he said. If you didn’t want to hear old songs, THEN WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU GO TO A KISS SHOW?!?!?! what did you expect, dubstep? ( like Tommy Lee’s hailmarry attempt to remain cool?) KISS put on a great show, that still would have been great if no one knew who the band was, The only way anyone would have liked Motley Crues performance would be if they had walked into the show with they’re mind made up.

    • KISSFANATIC

      hey no need to be dogging on KISS, i guarantee you that if you said this to a die hard KISS fan, u would either 1. be shot or 2. be brutally wounded. there is no need to disrespect KISS like that. either get a life or tell it to a friend. Cause no one on here wants to hear it. Heres what im going to tell you to do, so that way no one else does it. Sit in your chair and shoot yourself for posting this. Go Fuck yourself, u asshole.

    • Brandon

      I haveto agree with the review. I am a fan of both bands, and have seen Crue before, and it was definately lacking, as was apparent by the fact they had little lyck getting the crowd to get amped up. You could see by their reactions onstage they werent pleased by the crowds reaction either. Tommy Lees drum solo was awesome, but the hip hop aspect he tried to bring in kinda ruined it for me. As for the crowd, from the grass I watched the crowd grow tremendously as Kuss took stage, and while I agree it was a short set, it was made known long begorehand via vendors that they had to be offstage by 1030 to avoid a hefty fine, which uf you have doubts, feel free to look up Greenwood Village noise ordinances. All in all a great show for fans of both bands, but Kiss DEFINATELY outperformed Motley, hands down, and Im saying that as a bigger fan of Motley Crue

  • Angie

    I agree Motley ROCK and Kiss just preformed

  • Mike

    I am a long time Kiss fan from the 70’s and have probably seen them 20+ times. I really disagree with your review…
    My biggest complaint was the length of the show….Motley ran an 1:30 and Kiss was only 1:10 long. The set-list was terrible and with such a short set, why would you waste 10 minutes of the performance with a guitar solo by Tommy. The energy by Kiss was there as usual but the entertainment value was lacking…Paul said they were up against a curfew, but he said the same at all the previous shows when in fact it was only 10:25 and I believe the curfew is at least 11pm so there was time to add more songs.
     
    I will always support Kiss but felt severely cheated. Also, I’m not a huge Crue fan but I thought they did a great job as the audience was very much into their performance and did not see any valid criticism that their performance was lazy….I hate to say it but I give the edge to Motley Crue on this night.

  • Wally

    Just look at the lopsided amount of pictures…..31 of kiss out of 43. Somebody is in love with kiss. lol I thought it was a good concert by both bands

  • SW

    I believe KISS did a better job than Motley Crue by far, I was in section 101, and I couldn’t hear the words that well. KISS was amazing and they deserve credit. Overall it was a fantastic show, both bands did a great job. Dissapointed in Tommy Lees drum solo with the techno music. I didnt pay to see a dubstep show, I paid for a Rock n Roll show.

  • Keith

    Wow…..first negative review of the Crue all tour……confused? ?

  • Mike

     I also was in section 201…I have to agree with the original poster that there were a large chunk of empty seats after the MC performance….I wouldnt blame it on Kiss’s performance but they were there to see MC and not Kiss. No biggie.
     The group next to me were annoyed with the setlist of Kiss (as I had checked it out before the show) and there was no Strutter or Deuce which obviously they were expecting.
    I’ve seen Kiss 20+ times and this was no where close to their best show….it was ridiculously short(1:10) and there was time to do 4-5 more songs which I was very surprised that it was not part of this tour. Even MC hit the 1:30 mark in length.
    I’m hoping they do a full tour following the release of their album in October and tour on their own so we can get the full show….I hate these split bill shows as I was disappointed after seeing all of their prior tours and this just felt way too short.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XGMCJKFLIQPB66B33RHTUCKEUY Melanie

      Completely agree. I’m disappointed in Kiss, this tour was nowhere close to their other shows. They should of played more songs

  • Tony R.

    Hey little boy, you should actually attend the show before you post about someone else’s comments in regards to the show that did attend. You also should read all the other posted comments which validate my post. I can bet I have seen both bands more times than the number of years you have been alive. So grow up, buy tickets, learn how to spell and use words correctly before posting about a concert you didn’t attend. I never said kiss was a bad band, I simply spoke the truth that their performance was lacking. That has been echoed by several Kiss fans whom also attended the concert. Only those who attended the concert would be able to say, just as it was stated on KBPI, that the crowd thinned out after MC’s performance and continued to thin out during kiss’ set. Additionally, I think it is a bit weird that a guy would buy front row seats to see several all men groups.    

  • Ssikfandk

    Kiss rocked it as they ALWAYS do. At least they don’t come out and call everyone MOTHERFUCKER 100 times. Crue=Classless.

  • Rob Hodge

    Mr Thieme,
    With all due respect sir did you attend the concert or are you just putting down two bands that you clearly do not like?  this was my 12th time seeing Motley Crue and my 13th time seeing KISS.  I was in the 5th row and I had a complete blast!  My only complaint would be the $300 ticket price. the last two times I saw KISS I was in the FRONT ROW, and my ticket was $60 or less.  Of course I did get some “goodies” (a tee shirt and ring that do not fit, some cool guitar pics, and a commemorative ticket).   I thought Motley Crue put on a great set.  the dancing girls and all of that have been a part of the Crue’s performance for years, why were you surprised, have you ever seen them before or were you too busy seeing Barry Minilow and ABBA?  KISS was awesome, period.  If people did leave I sure didn’t notice, as for people sitting down that might be due to being tired and from being soaked after being hosed down by the Crue’s water cannons!   I thought the show was wonderful, I had a fantastic time, and I say screw the haters, KISS still are the hottest band in the world.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XGMCJKFLIQPB66B33RHTUCKEUY Melanie

    Yes, the girls were distracting. KISS doesn’t need “dancer’s mounting each other”.