Kiss | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Kiss performing during the End of the Road World Tour at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on October 29, 2023, with Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Kiss has been a pinnacle of live entertainment for five decades. The rock gods (led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley) have released 44 albums, selling over 100 million worldwide. With more gold albums than any band in American history (30 in total), Kiss have established themselves as one of the most commercially successful bands ever.

The legends have produced fist-pumping anthems like “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Heaven’s on Fire,” and their merchandising empire extends over 3,000 global licenses — reportedly breaking sales records set by the Beatles and Elvis — with an iconic logo that supports a billion-dollar retail machine. Nowhere has Kiss made more of an impression than on the road, though.

The band’s theatrical stage costumes, exploding pyrotechnics, and fire-breathing choruses laid the groundwork for a five-decade run as rock’s “Greatest Show on Earth.” The iconic group’s 2023 End of the Road Tour will wrap up with one of rock’s most spectacular curtain calls at New York City’s Madison Square Garden (miles from where Kiss first formed in 1973) on December 2, 2023.
Fan reviews:

Kiss didn’t disappoint even for their age. They know how to put on a show despite the limitations. I was glad I got to see them at least once before they stop altogether, definitely worth it!

Went to the sound check. Got up right in front of the stage. Gene throw guitar picks at my daughter. We got several. Met Doc McGee and took photos with him., Met Paul's son, Evan, who's band opened the show. Amber Wild was their name and they rocked the house. He is supper nice too! Great experience overall!

Absolutely fantastic show. Kiss pulled out all the stops, from the wonderful old traditions (Gene breathing fire and spitting blood, dueling guitars) to cool, new experiences. The mix of modern technology and old school pyrotechnics struck an amazing chord. The band played their hearts out and sounded amazing. I am so sad this is the last time we'll get to see these true entertainers live. Can't say enough how great this show is!

Best show ever! This was a bucket list for me, as I've been a fan of Kiss since I was a child. Tickets always sold out when I wanted to see them in the past, but I am so happy I was finally able to see them LIVE on their last tour. The entire show was wonderful. Set design, and videography was perfect. Thank you Kiss!
Setlist for the show at the Moody Center
  • Detroit Rock City
  • Shout It Out Loud
  • Deuce
  • War Machine
  • Heaven's on Fire
  • I Love It Loud
  • Say Yeah
  • Cold Gin
  • Guitar Solo
  • Lick It Up
  • Calling Dr. Love
  • Makin' Love
  • Psycho Circus
  • Drum Solo
  • 100,000 Years
  • Bass Solo
  • God of Thunder
  • Love Gun
  • I Was Made for Lovin' You
  • Black Diamond
  • Beth
  • Do You Love Me
  • Rock and Roll All Nite
  • God Gave Rock and Roll to You II

Kiss was the main act at the Moody Center with guests Amber Wild. They continue across the United States and Canada with the last stop at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on December 2, 2023.

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