Aug 11, 2019

KISS - Jiffy Lube Live

By Bob Suehs

KISS

8/11/19

Bristow, Virginia

Jiffy Lube Live

 KISS Set List:  Intro, Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, Deuce, Say Yeah, I Love It Loud, Heaven’s on Fire, War Machine (Gene Breaths Fire), Lick It Up, Dr. Love, 100,000 Years, Drum Solo, Cold Gin, Tommy Solo, God of Thunder (Gene Spits Blood), Psycho Circus, Let Me Go Rock N Roll, Love Gun (Paul in Crowd), I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Paul In Crowd), Black Diamond, ENCORE: Beth, Crazy Crazy Nights, Rock N Roll All Nite

 The third leg of the “End of the Road” tour featured minimal changes and on this night the band were not able to utilize their large cherry picker/crane lifts which allowed them to hover into the middle of the arena.

 The small guitar jam which allowed Paul, Gene, and Tommy at the end of “Let Me Go Rock N Roll” to noodle around was cut. 

 The merch stand featured 3 new shirt designs and at the end of the night a set list from the bands Charlotte show which was autographed by Eric Singer was for sale alongside a signed stage used drum head for $350.

 David Garibaldi opened the show and his short set featured him painting portraits of Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Springsteen, and the members of KISS.  Garibaldi is an amazing artist but it feels weird seeing a painter open for KISS.  

 KISS opened with a barrage of pyro, lights, and explosions as their space chariots dropped them to the stage as performed “Detroit Rock City” one last time at Jiffy Lube Live.

 Gene tossed out his blood towel after he spit blood and the guy who caught it looked totally shocked; it was clear he had just caught an artifact from his childhood idol.  Interesting side note; when the gentleman caught the blood rag it was so saturated with fluids that it literally splashed liquids all over the place.  The God of Thunder tossed water bottles several times to the crowd and clearly he enjoyed every moment that he shared with the audience on stage.

 Tommy Thayer is not Ace Frehley but in all honesty that’s a good thing. Tommy has earned his spot in KISS, he’s nailed the role of “Space Ace” and actually plays better than Ace.  The only issue most fans have with Tommy is that he should have own make up so he can create his own unique character.  Gene and Paul preferred to keep the classic KISS brand which is why the Cat & Space Man still exist.

 Paul Stanley has taken a lot of flack over the past few years for his iffy vocals but on this night his voice sounded good.  There were definitely a few rough moments but you have to remember that he’s in his late 60’s and what he was able to do in 1975 will never be the same today.

 Eric Singer has been the true backbone of KISS since he joined the band during the “Revenge” era and he remains a solid performer with a powerful drumming style.

 The venue was close to sold out, the entire pavilion was filled with just a few spots on the lawn slightly bare.  The traffic getting in was just as bad as the traffic leaving; the smart people left during the encore to beat the traffic while the die hards stuck it out to see KISS play their anthem, “Rock N Roll All Nite”.

 The weather was decent, the crowd was ready to rock, and KISS delivered an amazing performance one last time at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia.

 At various moments during the set while Paul would interact with the crowd Gene would pick up a hair brush and start to comb his hair.  The hair brush ended up resting on Gene’s mic stand by the middle of the show.

 “Crazy Crazy Nights” was the only song not performed during their last US run, it replaced “Do You Love Me” and it was an odd choice considering all of the classic material that they could have chose from.  “Hotter Than Hell”, “Got To Choose”, or “Firehouse” would have been better choices.

 Everyone has an opinion of the current state of KISS but if I’m being honest with you, they still deliver the most bang for your buck, they offer fans a larger than life show, their music is iconic, and they still pull it off quite well.  The bands farewell tour goes until 2021 so if you missed this show there will definitely be more chances over the next two years so start saving your money now because those tickets are not cheap!  Front row will set you back $1,000 and the first few rows go for $750 while the rest of the venue gets scaled pricing depending upon where the seat is.