Paul Stanley + Gene Simmons + Tommy Thayer of KISS performing at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada on November 8th, 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: KISS + Crown Lands @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – November 8th 2023

On the crisp night of November 8th, 2023, the iconic Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, played host to a farewell extravaganza as KISS, the legendary rock titans, took the stage for their “End of the Road” tour. The anticipation was palpable as the evening began with the intriguing rock duo Crown Lands, a band that hails from Oshawa, Ontario. Crown Lands, with their unique setup of a singing drummer and a guitarist wielding a dual-necked guitar with bass on one side, delivered a set that echoed with exciting sounds, drawing clear inspiration from the iconic band RUSH.

The audience, though occupying only about a quarter of the venue, seemed to revel in Crown Lands’ performance. The duo’s exhilarating sounds resonated with those present, creating a promising prelude to the spectacle that awaited. KISS, known for their over-the-top performances, wasted no time in living up to their reputation. The show began with a curtain shrouding the stage, only to dramatically drop, revealing each band member individually lowered to the stage on risers amid a spectacular fire show. It was a truly breathtaking spectacle that set the tone for an evening of rock and roll grandeur.

Throughout the night, KISS unleashed a constant barrage of light shows, fireworks, and fire bursts that transformed the arena into a dazzling visual symphony. The energy was infectious, with all four members of the band visibly having a blast on stage. Lead singer Paul Stanley, a fantastic frontman, took the performance to new heights by flying out over the crowd after a riveting rendition of “Black Diamond” at a secondary stage.

Bassist Gene Simmons embraced his demonic persona, spitting fire one moment and then a mist of blood across the stage in another, leaving the audience in awe of his theatrics. Guitarist Tommy Thayer showcased his solid skills as he worked around the stage, thrilling the cheering fans below. Drummer Eric Singer, the backbone of the night, laid down thunderous beats that served as the driving force for the entire spectacle.

The encore, featuring Eric Singer on lead vocals and piano for “Beth,” followed by “Do You Love Me” and the timeless “Rock and Roll All Nite,” marked the culmination of a legendary career. The setlist, a carefully curated journey through KISS’s illustrious career, reached its climax with the anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite.” The entire venue erupted in a unified chorus as the band bid farewell in a truly beautiful and spectacular manner.

As the final chords reverberated through the arena, it was a poignant moment, marking the end of an era for KISS and their “End of the Road” tour. The evening was a fitting tribute to the band’s legacy, a celebration of their music, and a spectacular farewell that will be etched in the memories of the lucky fans who witnessed this historic event. KISS had indeed crafted a truly unforgettable finale for their “Countdown: The Final 50 Shows,” leaving Vancouver in awe and admiration.

KISS Setlist

Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
War Machine
Heaven’s on Fire
I Love It Loud
Say Yeah
Cold Gin
Guitar Solo
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Makin’ Love
Psycho Circus
Drum Solo
100,000 Years
Bass Solo
God of Thunder
Love Gun
I Was Made for Lovin’ You
Black Diamond

Do You Love Me
Rock and Roll All Nite

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