KISS played its final show in NYC last night. But it wasn’t really the FINAL show.

That’s it for KISS–at least a version of the band that features Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. They played a final show in New York City last night (December 2). No Ace, no Peter, though.

Opening the night was Amber Wild, a group that featured Evan Stanley, Paul’s son. Then came the kabuki drop.

KISS then launched through the 23-song set that has been standard on this tour, opening with “Detroit Rock City.”

  1. Detroit Rock City
  2. Shout It Out Loud
  3. Deuce
  4. War Machine
  5. Heaven’s on Fire
  6. I Love It Loud
  7. Say Yeah
  8. Cold Gin
  9. Guitar Solo
  10. Lick It Up
  11. Calling Dr. Love
  12. Makin’ Love
  13. Psycho Circus
  14. Drum Solo
  15. 100,000 Years
  16. Bass Solo
  17. God of Thunder
  18. Love Gun
  19. I Was Made for Lovin’ You
  20. Black Diamond
    Do You Love Me
    Rock and Roll All Nite
    (God Gave Rock and Roll to You II — That was a little different. See below.)

Gene spit blood and breathed fire. Tommy Thayer’s spewed fireworks. Paul zip-lined to a remote stage to sing a couple of songs. There was pyro and confetti.

And they promised to rock and roll all night and party every day.

Before they left for the night, Paul dropped this nugget: “We’re not going anywhere, you’ll see us in all different things, all the time. See you in your dreams. We love you, goodnight.”

Once they left the stage in a puff of smoke, “God Gave Rock and Roll to You II” started playing over the PA and some KISS avatars (designed by George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic) appeared. As that was happening, a press released appeared, announced that KISS will continue ABBA-like with avatars.

Alan Cross

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