Rio Grande Do Sul
Photo by Felix Zucco
Translated from Portuguese for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo
More than three years after their last pass through the country, KISS opened their new Brazilian tour late on Wednesday, November 14th at Gigantinho in Porto Alegre. The American band will continue to be worshipped in São Paulo on the 17th with its "Monster" tour, the fruit of their 20th studio album released in October.
Initially set to begin at 9:00 pm, the show started almost two and a half hours later. The reason: delay in setting up the stage. According to the promoter, the four trucks that brought the sound equipment, lighting and pyrotechnics from Paraguay, where the band performed on November 12th, were detained in customs. The Gaucho band Rosa Tattoada played at the show's opening while the stage structure was assembled.
The audience that filled the Gigantinho began showing some signs of impatience when bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer took the stage exactly at 11:25 pm, with their characteristic visual-makeup, leather and high heels.
With a spectacle of lights, smoke and fire, the rock veterans began the show with "Detroit Rock City" followed by "Shout It Out Loud", two tracks from the classic album "Destroyer" (1976). After "Calling Dr. Love", it was time to hear the new material, with tracks "Hell or Hallelujah" and "Wall of Sound" from the album "Monster."
The evening continued with the musicians interacting with the public while revisiting the successes of the band's vast discography, which has sold over 90 million copies worldwide. Two of the best KISS songs, "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Rock And Roll All Nite" were saved for the finale, with Stanley breaking a guitar, putting an end to an unforgettable evening for the fans.