KISS @ Comcast Theater; September 23, 2012“You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!!”
These immortal words signaled the beginning of one of the best concerts Hartford, CT (myself included) has seen in years. And the Comcast Theater in Hartford is no stranger to great concerts. This year alone the venue has seen numerous renowned tours pass through its stages, like the Mayhem Festival, the Trespass America Festival, the Vans Warped Tour, and WCCC’s BIG GIG 2012, just to name a few. But, not taking anything away from those other acts, nothing matches the energy or the visuals of a KISS concert!
From the initial curtain drop until the last pyrotechnic explosion, KISS gave us all (fans and photographers alike) a memorable experience. Song classics such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud” and “I Love It Loud” opened the show, and the concert only got better from then on. Old and familiar antics found their way into the show, like Gene Simmons spitting fire and blood, and Paul Stanley doing his trademark jumps, but they were no less shocking or entertaining than on previous shows. The lighting was superb, along with their trademark KISS wall of lights (replaced nowadays by a gigantic video screen), which has been a trait from them for years. The sound quality was of the highest standards. This tour must have been a logistics nightmare, but the transition to Kiss’ stage setup from Mötley Crüe’s was quick and flawless, even though MC had a very elaborate stage, including Tommy Lee’s drum roller coaster. Kudos to all the technicians who made THE TOUR possible!
I really must say this: the guys at Kiss really know how to act in front of a camera! They posed for every single photographer in that photo pit. Being in business for 40 years, they understand the value of good visuals, and for people who didn’t see the show, good photos are the next best thing. You can see for yourself in their photo gallery below.
Last Sunday night, a little over 15,000 fans went home happy, including myself. I have to confess, this was my first ever Kiss concert. For them being cultural icons for over 40 years, there’s no excuse for me. I sure hope they continue rockin’ and rollin’ all nite for years to come!
Props to the Live Nation personnel working at these shows, especially the security guys and gals who keep us photographers safe from rowdy fans!
Enjoy the photos!!
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