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Gene Simmons (left) and Paul Stanley (right) of KISS performing on stage at Accor Stadium, Sydney. Their final show in Australia. 07/10/23 (Image: Chris Neave)

KISS’s Explosive Farewell: Sydney’s Grand Finale Reviewed

KISS Ignites Sydney in Fiery Final Performance

KISS, the iconic rock band known for their electrifying live shows and their genesis in the 1970s, outdid themselves in a memorable performance at ACCOR Stadium last Saturday. This night was not just another gig – it marked the finale of the legendary band’s Australian journey, an echo of their 2000 “Farewell Tour” that wasn’t truly their last, but this time, it feels definitive.

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The Grand Opening: Detroit Rock City

“Detroit Rock City,” a track from their 1976 album “Destroyer,” was the perfect opener. As the curtain fell, fans were greeted with a sudden burst of flames. It wasn’t just the music, but also the iconic costumes, makeup, and Gene Simmons’ signature flapping tongue that captivated fans from the get-go. A sight reminiscent of their early days when they stormed the music scene with their distinct style and outrageous stage antics.

Gene Simmons of KISS performing on stage at Accor Stadium, Sydney. Their final show in Australia. 07/10/23 (Image: Chris Neave)
Gene Simmons of KISS performing on stage at Accor Stadium, Sydney. Their final show in Australia. 07/10/23 (Image: Chris Neave)

Charisma and Energy: Frontmen Take the Lead

Paul Stanley, known to fans as the “Starchild” and with his unmistakable New York accent, took the role of the perfect frontman. Meanwhile, Gene Simmons, often referred to as the “Demon” due to his iconic makeup and persona, embodied that very spirit, with his commanding bass lines, cheeky grins, and those legendary blood-spitting moments.

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Paul Stanley of KISS performing on stage at Accor Stadium, Sydney. Their final show in Australia. 07/10/23 (Image: Chris Neave)
Paul Stanley of KISS performing on stage at Accor Stadium, Sydney. Their final show in Australia. 07/10/23 (Image: Chris Neave)

Thayer and Singer: Odes to the Past, Energy of the Present

While many fans remember the days of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer have made their marks in the KISS legacy. Taking on the personas of the “Spaceman” and the “Catman” respectively, they showcased a performance that was a seamless blend of honouring KISS’s rich history while injecting their unique energy into the act.

Unforgettable Night Highlights

“Deuce,” a classic from their self-titled 1974 debut album, was a treat for the old-school fans. Similarly, “Calling Dr. Love,” from their 1976 “Rock and Roll Over” album, and the audacious “Love Gun,” the title track of their 1977 album, were masterfully executed. The spectacle of Paul the Starchild soaring across the arena on a zip line was a nod to their decades-long tradition of over-the-top stage antics.

A Rocking Conclusion to an Epic Night

Finishing with “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” a disco-infused track from their 1979 “Dynasty” album, and the timeless anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite” was a masterstroke. The closing act, complete with a flurry of balloons, confetti, and streamers, was a nostalgic nod to their illustrious past, leaving fans in awe and reminded of the reason why KISS has been deemed rock gods for nearly half a century.

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