Review: Kiss blows away Bakersfield crowd

Marina Gonzalez, Reporter

What a mind-blowing performance from the legendary rock band KISS in Bakersfield at the Mechanics Bank arena on March 2.

KISS gave an amazing concert performance for the Bakersfield crowd as part of their big End of the Road Tour that began on Jan. 31, 2019.

Before KISS came out on stage, another legendary singer named David Lee Roth and his band opened the show and performed some of their biggest hits for the crowd. After David and his group finished their performance, KISS made their grand entrance on stage by coming down on flying platforms and opening their show with their hit song “Detroit Rock City,” wearing their signature costumes and makeup.

KISS continued to amaze the crowd by performing some of their biggest hits such as “Black Diamond,” “Psycho Circus,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” and many others.

The band consisted of members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who formed the band in 1973, Tommy Thayer, who joined in 2002 and Eric Singer, who joined in 1991.

It was mind-blowing to see such an iconic performance with a lot of fireworks and cannons bursting off and fire blown off on stage so hard, you could feel the heat.

Each band member had the chance to amaze the crowd with their own instrument solos, especially Gene Simmons getting the chance to rise high above the stage to give an awesome bass solo, along with his signature blood spitting.

Paul Stanley even got to ride a zipline and fly across the audience and perform on a separate platform, which was a great way to interact with the crowd.

KISS began in New York City in 1973 with original members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have been performing for over 45 years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

It was amazing to see a band that has been performing for 45 years because not many people knew who KISS was or have ever seen them perform before. This concert was a great way for fans, both young and old, to witness a legendary band.

KISS finally closed out the show by singing their biggest hit song “Rock n Roll All Nite,” along with confetti bursting everywhere. Paul Stanley did his signature smashing of his guitar and the group thanked the fans for coming to see the show.