KISS and Motley Crue kicked off their summer co-headlining tour Friday night in Virginia.
The Examiner reports the advantage of fresh voices, not yet ravaged by road fatigue, made for the best appearances either band has had at the Bristow, VA venue in years.
Each band performed 13-song, 80-minute sets full of fan favorites and one new track - KISS’ “Hell Or Hallelujah” and the Crue’s “Sex.”
KISS opened, as they have for decades, with “Detroit Rock City.” From there, it was all songs from 1983 and earlier, with the exception of the new single from the band’s forthcoming album, “Monster.”
Crue singer Vince Neil, looking bloated and barrel-bodied, nevertheless sounded upbeat and on key. The band kicked through “Saints of Los Angeles,” “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.),” and “Looks That Kill”, barely taking a breath.
The eight musicians from these two bands have gone through everything from near death drug overdoses to mid-age hip replacements. But there is nothing as exciting as seeing veterans of the business doing what they do best and, at least for this first night, doing it better than they have in years.
The classic rockers will play more than 40 shows before the tour wraps up September 23 in Hartford, CT.
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