Salt Lake City got caught in a time warp when Kiss blew into town Tuesday night. The four-man band from New York brought its high-energy show to the Delta Center and proved rock 'n' roll can last forever.
Kiss crafted a two-hour show by mixing old and new songs that reflected the band's 20-year career. Old and young fans screamed in unison.Kiss pounced on a stage that resembled a New York subway platform - complete with Lady Lib-er-ty in the back drop - and opened the show with the darkness of "Creatures of the Night." The driving beat of "Deuce" was next.
As rhythm guitarist/lead singer Paul Stanley introduced the new single "I Just Wanna . . . " from the band's 24th album "Revenge," the crowd of about 10,000 screamed in approval.
The focus then shifted to bassist Gene Simmons as he spit out the lyrics to the MTV smash single "Un-holy."
Guitarist Bruce Kulick slowly strutted across the stage as he fingered each solo with precision and accuracy. Drummer Eric Singer let the music ride on a solid, pounding beat.
During the show, Kiss took time to flick guitar picks and wave to the audience. The band also threw a few other surprises and presented hits like "Hotter Than Hell," "Strutter" and "Watchin' You."
Simmons took center stage again and treated the unexpecting audience to a little nostalgia by spitting fire during "Firehouse." Stanley refreshed everyone's memory by leading the audience in singing a verse from the "Rock and Roll Over" hit "I Want You."
Kulick basked in the spotlight for, yet, another solo. His fingers shot screaming notes and melodic scales. Stanley swooped in with his climbing vocals as Kulick answered him note for note.
Singer had his time, too. Fluorescent, green, sound-activated lasers zapped toward the crowd as Singer punched out an angry drum solo.
Then, a hush fell over the crowd as Stanley struck the opening chords of "Forever" on his black acoustic guitar. Kulick enriched the mood by strumming his acoustic in sync with Stanley's.
The mood livened up again when Lady Liberty's face blew off in the middle of the primitive pounding of "War Machine." A silver, Terminator-like skull emerged from behind.
Red lights jetted out of the skull's eyes and scanned the audience as the band charged into the party hit "Rock and Roll All Night." "Lick It Up" followed on cue.
Among other songs offered were "Heaven's On Fire," "Domino," "I Love It Loud" and "Parasite."
Exotic dancers joined the boys on stage during "Take It Off," and the classic "Detroit, Rock City" finished the set and left the crowd dancing in the aisles.
Kiss came back for one encore that featured the anthem "God Gave Rock and Roll To You II." Simmons and Stanley took turns sharing the leads with the audience during "Shout It Out Loud." "Love Gun" and the "Star Spangled Banner" finished the show as fireworks and flash pots filled the center.
Opening band Trixter got the crowd moving with energetic hits like "Road of a Thousand Dreams" and "Rockin' Horse" from the band's new album "Hear!"
Special guest Great White presented its own style of blues mixed in with hard driving beats highlighted by Jack Russell's high, rasping vocals.
"Lady Red Light," "The Big Goodbye" and "Rock Me" were among the songs featured in the set. The band, however, lacked the energy to keep up with Trixter and Kiss. This was the only slow moment during the show.