A fiery KISS make explosive return to Brew City
After over five years away, KISS made an explosive return to Milwaukee for their “Freedom to Rock” tour. They’ve been around since then, however, making stops at Tinley Park in Illinois, and the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, though Milwaukee has stayed off their radar until now.
Hosting an night of theatrics, pyro, and classic rock staples, KISS gave the cozy Milwaukee Bradley Center a run for its money. A smaller show in comparison to other regional visits, fans from the upper levels were upgraded to mid-level and floor seating. KISS has been known to headline major festivals and fill arenas, but in this case they, or rather their fan support, fell flat.
By and far it was no doubt a KISS show. Little has changed over the years with the exception of a few touches here and there. Loads of fire, Gene spitting blood, and the frontmen getting into their signature poses for a slew of photographers and front row fans.
But why change what’s not broken? It’s what makes them KISS, and truthfully, seeing this classic show – the band sailing high into the sky in risers and feeling the heat of the flames on your face – brings original fans back to the early days and takes on a whole new meaning for their many kids beside them.
I think KISS has quite a few more years in them, whether it be a smaller shows in Milwaukee, roaring arenas, or the KISS cruise.
Setlist: Detroit Rock City – Deuce – Shout It Out Loud – Do You Love Me – I Love It Loud – Flaming Youth – Bass Solo – God of Thunder – Psycho Circus – Shock Me – Guitar Solo – Cold Gin – Lick It Up – War Machine – Love Gun – Black Diamond Encore: Beth – The Star-Spangled Banner – Rock and Roll All Nite