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Brian Miller
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Posted: 10 November 2016 at 1:27pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

They're not doing much of anything now are they?
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Kiss Kruise? Saw a clip of them playing Radioactive today!

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Yes, the Kiss Kruise. Plus, the comic. And always new merchandise. Not forgetting their Twitter feed, either...
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Didn't realize they were still doing the cruise.

I don't really consider the comic them "doing" anything. That's licenced out.

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I don't really consider the comic them "doing" anything. That's licenced out.

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A little...
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The cruise followed a summer tour. They've been touring pretty regularly.
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 I was thinking they hadnt toured in a couple of years. 

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Didn`t they also do a Vegas residency?
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Ha! First I've heard of that. 
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Brian https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=sea rch-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=KISS+VEGAS  Sorry if the link doesn`t work,but the Vegas show is on dvd/bluray!

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Setlist jams thru first 7-8 tunes. Then just same ol' same ol'. 

I'd buy that if it wasn't 79 freakin' dollars!!
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Man. Just once I wish they'd do a series of shows where the setlists were done Jam-band style where they were vastly different each night and pulled from the deepest of the deep cuts. I'd definitely do multiple shows on a tour like that. 
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Walmart has the DVD/CD set for $15 bucks.  Haven't watch the DVD yet but I'm about halfway through the CD now.  They are tuning down a full step instead of just a half step like they used to do. I'm sure it's to accommodate Paul's aging voice. It does make some of the songs sound even nastier like Parasite and even Tears are Falling. 
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God of Thunder sounds downright evil tuned down lower. 😳
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God of Thunder sounds downright evil tuned down lower. 

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I'll have to try that. ;-) 
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So if this is now a general KISS thread:

MUSIC FROM "THE ELDER"... a rightly-ridiculed travesty, or an underrated gem?

I love it... my only exceptions being some slightly dippy & pretentious lyrics; an overly-affected vocal style from Paul Stanley in some songs; and, you know, just that they called this a KISS album. Had it been treated as some sort of "side project" instead, maybe with a new & different band name, perhaps fans would have thought better of it?



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I think it's fine. Not great, not terrible. I certainly like it more than UNMASKED. Just another attempt to change things up like they always did before.

First, they started in the Zep-influenced form. 

Second, they went for the pop-influenced stuff because disco was big. 

Then, they decided to go with pretentious art-rock. It didn't necessarily work like they wanted it to, but it's part of what makes them Kiss. Plus, it's the only album with Eric Carr and Ace. 
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MUSIC FROM "THE ELDER"... a rightly-ridiculed travesty, or an underrated gem?

A little bit of both?  Some pretty good songs on there. I love "I", and "Dark Light" has the last really great Ace Frehley solo with the band.

"A World Without Heroes" has long been a personal favorite.

Some of it is kinda goofy. But overall, I like it.

Got slightly better with the 1997 remaster, where the songs were put in a more linear story order.
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Finishing the Rocks Vegas disc. One of the finest live showings in a while. A great treat for me is that Eric is using the double bass like he was in the early to mid 90s. A strong set. 
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I just remembered,i saw Kiss live on the Sonic Boom tour too,how did i forget that?????? As for The Elder,i love it,can`t fault any of the songs,just a bit disappointing that the story isn`t very cohesive! What a great instrumental in Escape From The Island! Anyone heard Cher`s cover of A World Without Heroes?
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THE ELDER will always be an oddity, chronologically sandwiched between one of their poorest albums (UNMASKED) and one of their best (CREATURES OF THE NIGHT). The concept album, story arc and musical approach of the songs seem to have come out of the blue, for a band mostly noted for their "party all night" and "I'm awesome--let's f__k" tunes, but I had kind of an epiphany about THE ELDER a few years back:

If you made yourself a burned-CD (or mixtape, back in the day!) of some of KISS' darker tunes or more obscure cuts, you might have a fascinating "Prelude to THE ELDER," which would more seamlessly blend straight into their notorious 1981 commercial dud. Play these to yourself in advance of your next listen of MUSIC FROM "THE ELDER" and you might be surprised how much better and more convincing the album as a whole could sound:

100,000 YEARS
BLACK DIAMOND
PARASITE
GOIN' BLIND
STRANGE WAYS
SHE
GOD OF THUNDER
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
I WANT YOU
ALMOST HUMAN
ALWAYS NEAR YOU/NOWHERE TO HIDE
AIN'T QUITE RIGHT
FRACTURED MIRROR
X-RAY EYES
NAKED CITY

(I went chronological with the list... I'm sure a much better sequence is in order!)




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Posted: 12 November 2016 at 9:24am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Almost Human is so damn awesome. I don't know why it never "made it" as a big KISS tune. To my knowledge, they've only played hints of it acoustically and have never done a proper version of it live. It would sound perfect tuned down like they seem to be doing now. 
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Had it been treated as some sort of "side project" instead, maybe with a new & different band name, perhaps fans would have thought better of it?

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Indeed. A departure from the norm is always interesting, but when is a departure a departure too far?
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Topic for discussion:

At this point, should they drop the makeup? Gene will be 70 in a couple of years and Paul isn't far behind. How old is too old for the makeup? 
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