Kiss Kruise Day 3: Start Planning for 2012

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KISS Kruise
The Palladium Lounge, Carnival Destiny
Saturday, October 15, 2011

View all of our coverage here, and check out a Kiss live slideshow here.
When a person says "P.S., I Love You" on the Kiss Kruise, it's more than likely referring to the group's singer, Paul Stanley. Without devoting several paragraphs to the power of his pouting, puckered red lips and backhand pick-tossing, let's leave it that he was one fierce bitch for the second full-makeup show this past Saturday night.

"Strutter," which Stanley reminded the crowd was a song on the band's original demo, awakened a story about the New York of yesteryear -- a time of leather and lace. But Stanley had the hip swivels to rival any woman of that era for a few seconds during the second full-makeup performance of the cruise.

"We decided we're doing this again next year," he announced early on while the boat was docked in Nassau, Bahamas. "This is like camp on a boat!"

This return voyage was confirmed by the band's online master and brand coordinator Keith Leroux the next night. If Kiss Kruise 2 does come to pass, Gene Simmons has set the bar high for himself in terms of attempts to make eye contact with every person in the crowd -- on the floor in front, in the balcony, and on the wings. While it's a tall order, the Kiss live experience has a foundation in fan interaction that sometimes borders on OCD.

"This is our idea of a ballad," Stanley said, as an introduction to "Goin' Blind," off Hotter Than Hell. "Here's a very nice story of a very old man and a very young girl." Simmons took the lead vocal on this, which he has called one of his personal favorites from the band's catalog.

There's nothing particularly modest about Spaceman Tommy Thayer's abilities as a guitarist -- he adeptly soloed when needed and took to the front of the stage for an appointed amount of time -- but one of the choicest moments of both masked performances in the Palladium was seeing him team with Stanley for the intro to "Rock Bottom." With no bass or percussion, it's a non-traditional start to the song that not only provides an emotional build unlike any other in the show, but also a bathroom break for Simmons and drummer Eric Singer, who took lead vocals on "Nothin' to Lose," and "Beth."

The night's set was four songs longer than the previous evening's -- and this time, the encore featured a bitchin' "off the cuff" rendition of "Detroit Rock City." Stanley's scorching high notes, and Simmons' flapping lizard tongue moves both would probably get them arrested if performed stateside.

Critic's Notebook

Personal bias: The goal should be to have no teleprompters for lyrics on Kiss Kruise 2.

Random detail: Floor seating for the crowd gave each person about an 18x18 inch square to stand in.

Setlist, courtesy of KissOnline

I Stole Your Love
Room Service
Two Timer
Comin' Home
Nothin' to Lose
Love Her All I Can
All The Way
Take Me
Goin' Blind
Rock Bottom
C'mon and Love Me
Got to Choose
Lick it Up
Shout it Out Loud

Hard Luck Woman
Detroit Rock City
Rock And Roll All Nite

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We came out from Belgium with 8 people and had the trip of our lives! I have been in the states several times to see Kiss perform, this one was the BIG ONE!The Kiss shows were just out of this world, the electric show starting with "Room Service" is just mindblowing! I really got back into Skid Row (I must say Sebastian has still the better voice for the older songs) especially the final night they rocked the palladium big time.And then there was this cover band ... THE BIG ROCK SHOW ... that was party time, playing classics everybody could sing along to.The newer bands I didn't care for too much, I really like the old standards ...I really hope they will do this again next year, we will be back!!! 

Just one more thing, there was 24/24 classic rock through the speakers of the boat, you got up listening to your favourite music, it was like living in a dream!!!


I was at all of the show's on the cruise. This is the first time in 29 concerts I have ever seen them use telepromter's. I think it's becouse of the aray of songs the normally don't perform. The seating at the concert was very tight, but once they came out on stage you didn't notice anymore. The cruise did exactly what was promised, it blew us all away.


So any idea of dates yet

Joe Dinardi
Joe Dinardi

the kiss kruise was so awesome hung out with skidrow..met kiss.. see everyone next year

Kevin Ganley
Kevin Ganley

You've got to admit some of these songs haven't been played live in years and they forgot the lyrics, so a prompter helped them to get through them


you should  do this KRUISE  from Southamerica,argentina-brazil 


Already saving up the money for 2012 because 2011 was so incredible!!!

Selenna Young Hylton
Selenna Young Hylton

I would love to see KISS come to PIKEVILLE , Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. You would sell out . There is a lot of fans here would love to come see you . My son is your number 1 fan. 

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

Oh I completely agree. I think that they probably wanted to make sure that everything went smoothly for this one.

But, being the perfectionists that those guys are, I'm sure they want to grow from the experience and give the fans even more face time during the performances.

Darcus Evans
Darcus Evans

OMG, I'm from Pikeville. Been gone for a few years but yes they should play there. And they should come back to Nashville where I'm at. Seen them in 09 the KISS ALIVE 35 TOUR.

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