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Kiss and Def Leppard - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 22, 2014

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I could go the rest of my life without hearing "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite," as I'm sure Kiss would too, but they made for some raucous closers during the encore. What I am happy about is that the band performed "War Machine," nothing obscure about it, but it is my favorite Kiss song. Paul -- talkative and for a guy who's been doing this, mostly in grease paint, for 40 years, he was appreciative and pandering to the crowd.

Kiss puts on a great show. There is no denying that, and save for a few titties caught on camera for the oversized screen backing the band, this is a great concert experience for the whole family to enjoy. And on a slightly cheekier note, a great credit is due to the band for getting the attention of a niche group of people.

Yup, they might be all about business now and thanking God for the band's great success, but the true message of love that Kiss spreads is simple: four guys in makeup and costumes playing loud rock music and occasionally licking each other with enormous tongues onstage is all about tolerance and not the kind of tolerance you'd be able to sell to a few meathead audience members outside of a Kiss concert either.

That aside, it performed thunderous versions of "Love Gun," "God of Thunder," "Hotter Than Hell," "Hide Your Heart," and "Shout It Out Loud" under the machinations of a giant spindly-spider stage platform, pyrotechnics, fake blood, and stage risers. The show was well-paced, with most of the attention falling on Paul and Gene, with now-longtime members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer turning in command performances on guitar and drums. A fun night for me to witness as my first time seeing it live; how it will stack up to a longtime fan is beyond me, but I must reiterate that it was a satisfying concert experience fit for a broad age group, as evidenced by the crowd.

Now, if someone could at least clarify how Def Leppard and Kiss ended up together for a larger part of this summer touring together, that would be great. I'm hoping the headlining part of the tour came down to a coin toss. That would be funny.

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