Paul Hebert

KISS / Buckcherry @ The Honda Center 11/24/09

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The Rock & Roll super machine known as Kiss rolled through town with an awe inspiring performance at the Honda Center last week. In the middle of their 35th anniversary tour, the foursome might not be the same as it was at their inception, but the music, energy and enthusiasm is still the same.

As the curtains dropped, the smoke billowed, and the sparks shot through the air, the entire Honda Center rose to their feet while the band rocked through a pair of good ole classics in “Deuce” and “Strutter.” While the show consisted of timeless legends like “Hotter Than Hell,” “Cold Gin” and “Rock and Roll all Night” Paul Stanley reminded the audience on several occasions that they were on tour to support their first studio album in 11 years “Sonic Boom.”

The band however only played a few songs from the new album including the albums opening track “Modern Day Delilah” and the closing track “Say Yeah,” both tracks were well received, but it was obvious that the fans were there for the classics.

Having toured for 35 years, the stage presence unforunately is so predictable, that it became somewhat boring. While the band continues to put on one hell of a show, it is definitely too well rehearsed for my liking.

On the flip side, opening act Buckcherry was impressive from start to finish. Lead vocalist Josh Todd controlled the stage and audience like a true professional, while Keith Nelson brought some hard rocking guitar licks to the show. If you have not seen Buckcherry live, you are definitely missing out.

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