Dortmund Although hard rock band Kiss said goodbye to their German fans back in 2019, their “End Of The Road” tour was extended without further ado due to Corona. At the sold out start of their last European tour, Kiss celebrates in Dortmund.
Gene Simmons has mixed feelings about the latest Kiss tour. “It gives me equal joy and sadness,” says the bassist and vocalist of the legendary American hard rock band of the German Press Agency shortly before the start of the first concert of the European tour in Dortmund. “You need to know when to leave the stage. And we have too much respect for ourselves and the fans to stay on stage too long.
Just after 9 p.m., the speaker batteries in the sold-out Westfalenhalle 1 begin to pound. “All right, Dortmund!” With 11,500 fans cheering, many wearing Kiss t-shirts, the famous words echo from the loudspeakers before each Kiss concert: “You wanted the best, you got the best”, yells the bear voice fanatic, “the hottest band in the world: Kiss!”
A loud bang, the curtain with the band’s logo descends – then Simmons, frontman and guitarist Paul Stanley and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer land on the stage. Under the rain of fireworks, they are lowered onto the platforms, playing their hit Detroit Rock City. Drummer Eric Singer is drumming on the lifting platform. They shoot streams of fire. The abuse of pyrotechnics and fire is standard at Kiss concerts.
The band is clearly enjoying themselves in Dortmund, where they first performed in 1980 and are now playing for the sixth time, says Stanley aka “Starchild”. The 70-year-old is surprisingly good in his voice. “We’re having a great time,” she enthused in an interview with DPA. “And it’s not a funeral, it’s a holiday.” Nevertheless, the singer realizes that after almost 50 years it will be over soon. “I’m sure it will be a lot more real when we get to the end.”
Kiss has already said goodbye to German fans on the 2019 “End Of The Road” tour. When the world tour had to be cut short for a year and a half due to the pandemic, the schedule was changed and more shows in Europe were added. Kiss will perform in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart in the coming weeks.
According to Simmons, promoters, friends and fans were complaining. “They said,” You haven’t played in Dortmund, you have to come here! ” – says the 72-year-old, who is famous for his long tongue and spits fire and (artificial) blood during the concert. “We can’t play in every city in the world, it takes too long. But maybe another year of touring and then we’ll stop. We will only do it when we are still good. “
At the start of the nearly two-month European tour, New Yorkers, who will be celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary next year, are in top form. In addition to the opening song, classics such as “Shout It Out Loud”, “Lick It Up” and “Calling Dr. Love ”was roaring especially loudly. For “Love Gun” Stanley glides over the audience on the rope. On the platform in the middle of the interior, he also sings the great disco hit of his band “I Was Made For Loving You”.
What will Kiss miss when the tour is over? “Obviously the crowd and the camaraderie between us and our fans,” says Stanley. “There is nothing to compare.” Simmons will miss his audience as well, according to his own statement. “When you’re on the scene, you can almost understand why anyone would want to be Pope,” jokes the 72-year-old. “There is no comparable feeling.”
After three encores and a total of 23 songs, the concert in Dortmund ends as usual with the anthem “Rock And Roll All Nite”. Confetti drops to thousands of pints, and fans sing along enthusiastically. “Kiss loves you, Dortmund” is written on the big screens.
If the schedule doesn’t change, Kiss will play their final concert in October in Sacramento, California. Even the cool Gene Simmons, aka “Demon”, will come close to it. “The last day will be very exciting,” admits the rocker. “I will cry like a twelve-year-old girl.”