Tonight was the turn of the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the full KISS/Dead Daisies rock injected treatment. With 10,000 rock fans waiting for a full guitar assaulted night ahead, the band had a great opportunity to win more fans after this evenings performance.
Hitting the stage for sound check around 6.30pm, Tommy Thayer came and watched and hung out with the guys as they prepared for the show. Paul Stanley came in to the dressing room to catch up with the band and wish them well before they treded the boards.
Arriving on-stage at 7.40pm, the band had a full fifty minutes to fire out their greatest musical bullets in the form of the debut single ‘Lock N’ Load’, regular fan favourite ‘Helter Skelter’ and the song from the last album that John calls his twisted love song ‘Devil Out of Time’, but, as with most nights on this tour, it was the ‘Make Some Noise’ album that had the biggest airing with now regulars ‘Long Way To Go’ and ‘Last Time I Saw the Sun’ as well as others peppering the powerful set.
Corabi prowled the stage picking out fans to sing his message too while the twin powered six strings of Doug Aldrich and David Lowy continued to dual and fire out the crunching melodies as Mendoza and Tichy pinned down the foundation of some fine rock music being played out in this huge arena.
Fifty minutes can go in the blink of an eye when your having so much fun, and as the last chords of ‘Helter Skelter’ rang out, thousands in the arena raised their hands in triumph and appreciation to the great stockpile of rock anthems that had been fired at them. Its safe to say, Grand Rapids were more than happy with their opening salvo to their evening with KISS. Once again, The Dead Daisies had made a successful invasion.
Thank you Grand Rapids, you took our breath away. See you next time.