American rock band KISS during their "The End Of The Road Tour" performing at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on January 31st, 2019

Live Review: “The End Of The Road Tour” ft. KISS @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – January 31st 2019

The legendary American rock band KISS served up all the hits on Thursday night with a heaping helping of pyro.

Currently doing the rounds behind their “The End Of The Road Tour” effort, the foursome showed that they still have a lot of gas in the tank.

The festivities kicked off with a covertrack of “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin from their 1971 album The Song Remains the SameLed Zeppelin IV. The venue was illuminated by a bevy of fireballs and lasers and pulsing, colorful stage lights. For those with any light sensitivities, this might not have been a safe space, but for those without and with rock n roll in their veins, this was pure paradise.

Paul Stanley, at just a mere 67 years young, looked in fine form as he danced around the stage through the entire set. His vocals and guitar work were solid, and he operated like a well-oiled machine.

Gene Simmons, 2 years senior to Stanley, rocked the other side of the stage as he slapped rhythmic backing beats on his bass. His drooling demon tongue spending a good amount of time draped from his mouth, as is tradition.

American band KISS performing Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on January 31st 2019

Both lead musicians looked happy. Smiles cracked across their faces during the gaps between vocal sets. They looked out at the crowd with a sparkle in their eye, maybe a little humbled by the sold-out venue chanting along to the lyrics of every single song.

The evening was over the top, a salute to extreme rock n roll decadence. There were moving stage components, non-stop pyro, floor-to-ceiling screens, mind-blowing lasers, intense and fast moving lighting rigs, and four men pouring their being into delivering an amazing experience.

It’s really hard to tell if this will, in fact, be the end of the road for these veterans of the stage. They have been at it for a little over forty-six years but they don’t look like they have slowed down much. After watching them deliver such a polished set, it looks like they could have more to give, but for now, only time will tell.

Musician Gene Simmons of KISS performing Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on January 31st 2019

If you do get a chance, you should buy a ticket for this tour. It is their biggest and baddest outing to date, and you won’t be disappointed.

To the band and their crew, thank you for such a great night out.

KISS setlist

Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Say Yeah
Heaven’s on Fire
War Machine
Lick It Up (with ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’)
100,000 Years (with drum solo)
God of Thunder
Cold Gin (with guitar solo)
Psycho Circus
I Love It Loud
Hide Your Heart
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
Love Gun (Paul on stage over crowd)
I Was Made for Lovin’ You (Paul on stage over crowd)
Black Diamond

Beth (Eric Singer on piano)
Do You Love Me
Rock and Roll All Nite
God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II

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“The End Of The Road Tour” ft. KISS @ Rogers Arena – January 31st 2019

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

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