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Kissology – The Ultimate Kiss Collection Vol. 3 1992-2000 DVD set

Review by Greg Olma

This is the last of the Kissology series even though there was a Volume 4 rumored that has not materialized yet.  This one covers a few eras, which makes it a weird one that is still very enjoyable.  We start off the package with a show from the last of the non-make-up line up shot in Detroit.  Parts of the show were previously released as part of the Kiss Konfidential video back in 1992.  Here it is presented as a full show without the backstage footage interspersed.  I’m sure many of you Kiss fans saw the MTV Unplugged show, but it is presented here as a crystal clear version.  There are also additional songs that were not aired or on the initial MTV Unplugged video release.  Now we get to the great parts of this DVD set.  We are presented with the full Tigers Stadium show on the heels of the full make-up reunion.  When Psycho Circus was released, they played Dodgers Stadium, and a few songs on live TV.  Here we get the full show covered over two disc.  Even though they were great, you can see the wheels were starting to come off with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.  All of this led to the first of the farewell tours in 2000.   For that portion of their career, this volume presents us with a show from New Jersey.  It’s great to have a copy of this, as I only previously had a bad bootleg version, and this recording is so much better.  They also added some footage form the Detroit Rock City premiere party.  That was good to see once but not required viewing after that one time.  What makes this set weird is that thrown at the very end is a black and white show from Coventry in 1973.  I would have included it on the first volume, but I would rather have it than not at all.  It also lacks the same quality as the other material, but what can you expect for old footage? It is basically a stationary camera capturing the band before all the big production stage shows.  I have to admit that as poor as the quality is, it is worth purchasing the set just for that disc.  All in all, this is a fun set of Kiss shows, and no Kiss fan should be without this package.

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) form in Music Street Journal: 2022  Volume 5. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2022.

 
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