“Deuce” live by Kiss at Jones Beach

Posted by The G on August 16, 2010 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article

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The following video of Kiss performing their classic “Deuce” is an example of one of the many reasons they are still selling out arenas all over the world over 35 years after their debut.  Enjoy!

The Academy Is live at Jones Beach

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The Academy Is

On August 14, 2010, Illinois-based rockers The Academy Is opened for Kiss at Jones Beach in New York.  Unfortunately, I was hanging out with the Kiss Army prepping photos for my post “Things I Saw At The Kiss Concert,” so I missed the majority of The Academy Is’ set.  What I did hear, I liked and I didn’t like the idea of not posting these stellar photos of the band, so here you are.

William Beckett (lead singer of The Academy Is)

The Envy live at Jones Beach

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The Envy

Canadian rockers The Envy played their first show ever in New York by opening up for Kiss at Jones Beach on August 14, 2010.  What a way to make your New York debut!  The band has been signed to Gene Simmons’ label, Simmonsrecords, and their first full length album is due this fall. Their music is upbeat, rockin’ and lead singer Shaun Frank’s voice has a bit of a Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith) vibe.  That sounds like a winning formula to me.  By going to their official site (link is above) and signing up on their mailing list, you can download a free mp3 of their soon to be hit “Don’t Let Go.”  This offer is only good while supplies last.  Best of luck to The Envy!

Shaun Frank (lead singer) of The Envy

Things I Saw At The Kiss Concert

Posted by The G on August 15, 2010 under The G Spot | 3 Comments to Read

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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.

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Kiss live at Jones Beach

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Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer- Kiss!

Though I’ve never been the biggest fan of Kiss‘ music, I’ve always had great respect and appreciated the bits and pieces I’ve seen of their stage shows, their legions of devoted fans and the fact that they’ve been around since 1973 and are still going!  As I’ve been so blessed to see so many amazing artists perform, I owed it to myself to see the legendary Kiss.  They are worth all the accolades they receive as they are phenomenal live.  Jones Beach in New York is located literally on the water, so that by itself makes for a magical night and seeing the legendary Kiss on August 14, 2010 at this venue is definitely one for the books.

They had a really great LED screen behind them projecting trippy visuals, a huge flashing KISS logo, fireworks, rising bits of the stage, and of course most importantly, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decked out in their finest Kiss gear!  The audience was a very eclectic mix of people and I saw so many kids (literally 5 years old and less) with their parents in Kiss makeup! Pictures of that are coming soon, so stay tuned. Some people say Rock and Roll is dead.  Judging from the crowd at the Kiss show, I’d say Rock and Roll is very much alive, it’s just morbidly obese.  Coming soon, I’ll be posting a video I took of my favorite Kiss song “Deuce” so stay tuned for that.  The band played all the songs a casual fan such as myself would want to hear such as “Beth,” “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Lick It Up,” and “Detroit Rock City.”  Paul Stanley invited many crowd sing-a-longs, Gene Simmons stuck out his enormously large tongue many times, Eric Singer performed a drum solo while he was over 50 feet high in the air and Tommy Thayer did a guitar solo with his guitar behind his head.  What more could you ask for?

See more pictures of Kiss as well as the setlist after the jump.

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