Kiss - Rock the Nation Live (2005) Review
(More customer reviews)I have just seen the "Kiss: Rock the Nation" DVD, and all I can say is, "Wow." Great performance; good 5.1 sound mix, great-looking filming and HD transfer, and good bonus features (although why they couldn't fit what is essentially a two-hour show onto one DVD is beyond me). But still, overall impressive. I must admit I was skeptical of the "Rock the Nation" tour for a number of reasons. Mainly, one: I had seen Kiss on the previous "Psycho-Circus" tour and was disappointed (especially after seeing the great reunion tour just a few years earlier), and two: I thought, "If Ace and Peter can't sound any better than that, what makes anyone think that a couple of scrubs could do any better?" So, I sat that tour out, saved my money, and stayed at home. When I heard reports of an "incredible" show, I thought to myself, "What a bunch of deluded fanboys. These must be those same people who go to all of those conventions and defend 'The Elder' as high art. These people are worse than deadheads."
But then, Aerosmith came to town with Kiss opening, and the opportunity to see my two favorite rock bands from the '70's touring together was too good to pass up. I have to say, I was impressed. Peter Criss was back behind the drum kit, but what surprised me the most was that I didn't miss Ace. I mean, when I saw close-ups of Tommy Thayer on the monitor screens, I could obviously tell it wasn't Ace, but that didn't bug me. It was a really good show. Still for the time between the show and the release of this DVD, I doubted my memories of the concert. Was it really that good, or was I just so pumped-up over the experience of seeing Kiss and Aerosmith together that I was overrating it? Now that I have this DVD, I know I was right. Not only that, but now I don't miss Peter, either. I have been a Kiss fan for 30 years, but I agree with the reviewer who compared a Kiss live show to a theater production, a la London or Broadway. The cast may change, but that just keeps the show fresh, if anything.
One additional comment, though; and this really bugs me: Stop treating Amazon.com as a forum / blog thread. This is a product review site. If you haven't seen the product, don't post. If you want to rant about the "new, fake Kiss," go to a genuine metal news / blog site like blabbermouth.com. Those guys would love you. They have turned Kiss-bashing into an art-form / pastime. But when you post a one-star review of a DVD you haven't seen because you disagree with it on general principal, it brings the overall rating of the DVD down artificially, which could turn-off potential Amazon customers / Kiss fans like myself, who might genuinely like the DVD on its own merits. (And I think it's interesting to note that the reviews posted by the people who have actually seen the DVD are overwhelmingly positive). As for me, this is going up on my shelf, right next to my "import" copy of Kiss - Love Gun: Houston, 1977.
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From their formative years in the early '70s to the present day, KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all time. Now their legacy continues to grow, as KISS is stronger and more vital than ever, commanding huge audiences in stadiums and arenas around the globe. KISS Rock the Nation Live! is an unprecedented look at KISS onstage and off, including fiery live performances of rarely-performed KISS classics, previously unseen footage of the group at soundchecks, in their dressing room, traveling, photo sessions and much more! But most importantly, you'll see a band not content to rest on their lofty laurels but committed to forgin head-on into an exciting future.CUTTING-EDGE BONUS FEATURES: Seven Select-A-KISS Songs - Choose the band member you want to watch! Six Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Segments Intimate and In-Your-Face KISS Footage shot at the band's Palais Theater performance in Melbourne, Australia Never-Before-Seen KISS Backstage Rehearsal Footage FEATURED SONGS: Love Gun, Deuce, Makin' Love, Lick It Up, Christine Sixteen, She, Tears Are Falling, Got to Choose, I Love It Loud, Love Her All I Can, I Want You, Parasite, War Machine, 100,000 Years, Unholy, Shout It Out Loud, I Was Made for Lovin' You, Detroit Rock City, God Gave Rock & Roll To You II, Rock & Roll All Nite