The Tour 2012 was the ultimate dream tour that fans of both KISS and Motley Crue have been waiting on for years! I had the recent opportunity to be in the midst of the madness when The Tour 2012 blasted into the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
The evening got off to a fantastic start with tour openers The Treatment out of Cambridge, U.K., who did a fantastic job of getting the show off to a rocking start. The Treatment’s stage performance was fantastic, despite that fact that people were still beginning to trickle into the venue during their time on stage. The band played their hearts out and displayed a ton of youthful energy and spirit. The Treatment are a true reflection of definition of no frills, down and dirty rock n’ roll, something that can be lacking in a lot of other young bands. The band is touring behind their latest album release “This Might Hurt” and certainly seem to have more and more big things in store.
I had a chance to catch up with The Treatment via phone to discuss opening up for The Tour 2012, plans for after and details about their music. Listen to our interview below:
After being blown away by The Treatment, it was still apparent that the best was yet to come! The “Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” Motley Crue took to the stage in a fantastically theatrical fashion. A large countdown clock appeared on the industrial themed stage and began timing down the minutes till the performance began. Finally, the alarm bells rang out and from the back of the venue a procession began with scantily clad back-up dancers/singers were carried up the aisles of the venue on the shoulders of Motley Crue roadies who seemed to be dressed to represent each era of the band’s progression. The girls carried flags bearing an “MC” and the procession led all the way up to the flame-lit stage during which Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars have now appeared.
The band’s 90 minute set was everything you would expect from a Crue concert and then some! They opened up their set with “Saints Of Los Angeles” before plowing into crowd pleasers such as “Wild Side”, “Shout At The Devil” and “Same Ol’ Situation”. Always a bit tongue in cheek, the band’s newest single “Sex” was included in the set featuring strippers grinding on stage to the song and water cannons blasting the audience in the front-rows. Motley Crue really pulled out no stops with their stage presentation on this tour. You had aerialists swinging from the rafters, amazing lighting effects, pyrotechnics, strippers pulling double duty as back-up singers and of course the four incredible musicians on stage.
The band launched into their famous ballad “Home Sweet Home” about mid-set, during which the venue was a sea of laser lighting effects and lighters held high in the air, before showcasing an incredible drum and guitar solos from both Tommy Lee and Mick Mars respectively. During Tommy’s drum solo, his kit becomes a roller coaster loop spinning him upside down and back again much to the thrill of the crowd. It is truly enthralling to watch! No less enthralling however is watching guitarist Mick Mars masterful shredding; the man is truly a legendary guitarist.
After the amazing showcase of solos, the band launched into my personal favorite Crue song “Primal Scream” before bringing their set to a high-octane close with solids hits “Dr. Feelgood”, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and ending on an explosive note with “Kickstart My Heart”.
If Motley Crue didn’t give the crowd a pure adrenaline rush, it was now time for KISS the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band On Earth” to hit the stage. KISS absolutely never disappoint in the live atmosphere and are a band that was made to perform on stage. Once the huge black curtain bearing the band name fell, it was the beginning of one of the most spectacular rock shows that I have ever seen. KISS were lowered to the stage from a large spark blasting platform positioned near the rafters and it was truly a sight to behold ; I highly recommend to anyone at least once. The showmanship from both Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer begins as soon as they hit the stage with Gene wiggling that demonic tongue of his and both Stanley and Thayer slinking about the stage screaming out sex and rock n’ roll.
KISS opened their set with the crowd-pleasing “Detroit Rock City” and kicked things into high gear with songs such as “Shout It Out Loud” and ” I Love It Loud”. After some incredibly fire-spitting antics from Gene Simmons during, you guessed it, “Firehouse” the band broke into the new track “Hell or Hallelujah” off the band’s forthcoming album “Monster”. If “Hell or Hallelujah” is a preview as to what is in store for the new album that fans are certainly going to be in for a treat because the new song absolutely rocks, especially live.
Gene Simmons got his time to shine in the spotlight during “God Of Thunder” during which he dramatically spit up a shower of blood and was flown up to a platform in the ceiling to finish out the song. Next, it was Paul Stanley’s turn to shine, as he was hoisted up in a harness and literally flew out over the crowd to a second stage in the back of the venue to perform “Love Gun”! It was quite a thrill to behold! KISS wrapped up their awe-inspiring performance with “Strutter” and the rock anthem “Rock And Roll All Nite” that had every fan in the building belting out the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
The Tour 2012 was without a doubt one of the most epic concert experiences of the year! Both KISS and Motley Crue, as well as, The Treatment looked and sounded fantastic. The “Hottest Band On Earth” and “The Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” really outdid themselves with their performances and stage presentation on The Tour and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler /www.kenschulerphotography.com
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