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Kiss Rocks Vegas DVD

Review by Gary Hill

A couple years ago, Kiss did a very special stint in Las Vegas. This DVD/CD set captures that. Okay, I know there is controversy over the whole Ace Frehley and Peter Criss thing. I'm ignoring that issue here and just focusing on the show. In fact, I'm going to leave my opinion out of this completely. The band came in and did a strong show. I like the fact that they did music from throughout their career. I feel that they did a pretty standard Kiss show, meaning a pretty exceptional live performance. Seeing Kiss is an experience unlike seeing any other band. I should add that while I like Kiss quite a bit, they aren't even one of my favorite bands. However, they are one of my favorite bands to see live. They put on such a great show. This is about as close as you can get to that experience in your home. Both the video and audio are quite good here, and the band really rocked.

There is a bonus feature - a non-make-up acoustic show in front of a small, intimate audience. They sounded great on that one, too. There is also a CD of the music from the main show. Personally, I wish we'd also gotten a CD with the unplugged stuff, but that's only a minor quibble. All in all, this is quite a cool set.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 5 at

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