At Any Age…KISS is the Rage


 I’ve never seen KISS live before and that’s a shame because KISS is all about the live show.

I’ve often been asked “D..What’s the first concert you ever attended?”

Each time I answer that embarrassing question I bow my head and force out the word “Loverboy“.

Yes Loverboy…

All I can tell you is I grew in the Great White North and they were extremely popular up there.

I was bound and determined that my kids wouldn’t suffer the same fate as me. I wanted them to be able to answer the question..”What was your first concert?”, with pride and not have to hang their head in bad decision disgust like their pops.

I picked up a 4 pack of tickets for Kiss/Motley Crue a few months back with the idea of taking the wife and kids, however Hunter is spending the summer in Canada so his extra ticket was given to Mike the Rox Addict.

As soon as Mylee found out she was seeing KISS she decided she had to put makeup on.

Here’s Peter Chriss of KISS

Here’s Mylee and Krista.

We arrived early and found ourselves walking past a huge caravan of tour busses. I mentioned to Mylee that these particular busses belonged to KISS. As we were approaching the end of the last KISS tour bus we heard a hard knock on the bus window. We all immediately stopped dead in our tracks.

The bus window slid open and for a second I swore I was staring at Gene Simmons.

The guy inside pointed at Mylee and said “Man that’s cool”. I told him it was her first concert. He said “Hold on” and disappeared for a few seconds. He came back, stuck his hand out the window and handed me four guitar pics and told us to “Enjoy the show”. I had no idea who the guy was until later on.

I found out it was Nick Simmons, Gene Simmons son.

I looked at my daughter and said, “That’s why you dress up”. I was extremely proud and happy for her at the same time.

The surprise “I didn’t know there was a third band” tonight was a band called “The Treatment”.

Here’s a link to their website.

They rocked it to an unenthusiastic crowd,  but seemed a little better when I found out I have underwear older than a lot of these kids rock’n the stage.

I love Motley Crue.

Tonight was not their finest performance. The band seemed tight but Vince Neil was terrible. He wasn’t synced with the rest of the fellas and his chubby ass was huff’n and puff’n skipp’n lyrics all over the stage.

Random crowd shot.

The highlight of the show was the Tommy Lee’s 360 degree rotating drum set with room for a lucky passenger.

After a brief stage swap it was time for KISS. Here they are being lowered onto the stage to begin the show bust’n out Detroit Rock City.

I looked back at Mylee and she was wide-eyed and having a great time.

Here’s Kiss performing “Love Gun

Mike and I enjoying the show.

The KISS Setlist:

Detroit Rock City

Shout It Out Loud

I Love It Loud


Love Gun

War machine

 Shock Me

Hell or Hallelujah

 God of Thunder

Lick It Up

Black Diamond


Rock’N Roll All Nite

In the end I want to thank Nick Simmons for being classy and KISS for putting on a stellar show and show’n my little girl what good old fashioned rock’n roll is all about.

I’m “D” the Ranter…I can’t tell you how fun it was to share my first time KISS experience with my wife and youngest daughter. Mike thanks for hang’n too brotha. Andy from Spring training, good to see you as well.

What a great Birthday present :)…Rock On!…”D”


  1. Joy

    Very cool, D! Sounds like a great time. Trying to think if The Treatment was the band that was on GSFJ, and had that crappy little van, LOL.

  2. Stirrup Jake

    The tour is coming to Grand Junction in the next week or two. Hopefully I’ll be there in my stirrups and rockies gear.

    I’d Love to send you a pair of the stirrups. Let me know if you’re interested.

    – Jake

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