The best way to describe a KISS performance is to liken it to a three-ring circus. A three-ring PSYCHO CIRCUS! You just don’t know where to look because there’s so much going on. Each band member represents a character and is covered in makeup and costumes to fill their roles. Simmons is The Demon, Thayer is The Spaceman, Stanley is The Star Child, and Singer is The Cat. Gene is marching around in those huge 7-inch demon boots, singing wildly, pounding his bass, and rolling out his abnormally long tongue in that signature stance of his that’s become his trademark. Never at a loss for striking iconic rockstar poses and being an outrageous performer who spits blood and spews fire, Gene is a photographer’s delight. Paul is the ultimate frontman in that everything he does on stage is genuine, not overly rehearsed or predictable. He performs in the moment always sashaying around the stage, singing gorgeous tunes and flying above the audience on a contraption that really does seem like it came from a circus. Singer’s drum stage is hoisted unbelievably high as he plays and Thayer (in between scorching hot guitar licks) shoots fire and rockets from his guitar neck. All of this happens to a backdrop of an incredibly colorful stage with pyrotechnic displays that are worthy of a Fourth of July celebration. Yet, on top of this incredible stage show, you hear some of the best rock and roll music to have ever been created, performed better than ever before. Rock music of which countless successful bands have credited with inspiring their music careers and influencing their own music.