Photos by G.
Seeing Kiss live is not just about seeing grown straight men perform in makeup, fireworks, rock and rolling all night and partying every day. It’s also about the Kiss Army. When I saw the Rock and Roll legends on August 14, 2010, I saw my own miniature version of the Mermaid Day Parade, a’la Kiss.
See more photos after the jump, as well as a few things you should know if you are going to see a show at Jones Beach in New York.
For Manhattanites heading out on the Long Island Railroad to go to Jones Beach, the MTA has made it much more annoying than it used to be. Formerly, you’d buy a “Jones Beach Package” which included your LIRR transport to and from as well as a bus pass that dropped you off and picked you up right in front of the venue. That doesn’t exist anymore, so you can still catch a bus that gets you about 1/4 of a mile from the venue in the afternoon, but it doesn’t run past 8 pm. After the concert, you’ll have to take a taxi to get back to the railroad station, as it’s a very far walk and you have to cross a freeway, so you’ll need to return via car. Cab drivers, having full control of the situation, will charge $10 a head to take you on the 5 minute car ride! They’ll try and get away with charging more, but I recommend you negotiate.
Once you arrive at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach, it looks like this:
The venue is absolutely gorgeous. It can get chilly, so bring a light jacket at the minimum just in case to avoid being cold and cranky. Also, and I cannot stress this enough – eat before you get to this venue as the prices they charge for concessions is nothing short of ass rape.
A bottle of water is $6! Microwaved chicken tenders, disgusting French fries and a small soda is $13! Don’t let these bastards get away with that. Eat in advance!
And now, back to things I saw at the Kiss concert.
Thanks to all the people that let me photograph them. You all look fabulous!