I attended the KISS Kruise III this year, sailing from Miami to Key West and Great Stirrup Cay in Bahamas. Four days filled with KISS, rock&roll, beer, sun, beaches and pale people - on a huge cruise ship. What could be better?
Kicked of with an unplugged and unmasked show with KISS where they performed some rare songs, notably Comin' Home, Take Me, Hide Your Heart, All The Way and an unscheduled Creatures of the Night.
Second night was the full show in the ships theatre. Some great rare songs, mixed with some classics made it an awesome show. The band sounded really good and the intimate setting (1000 seats) was awesome. Most notable song was the never-before performed The Oath, taken from the notorious album The Elder, which generated a huge response from the crowd. Other great rare songs included Mainline, Anything For My Baby, Ladies In Waiting, Almost Human and Let Me Know.
Third night was the second show, which I saw on the big-screen in the atrium (only one full show per guest). This was pretty much the same show as the night before, including a second performance of The Oath due to the impressive response. Hide Your Heart and Love Her All I Can was also performed .
Fourth night was no gig but an entertaining and well-attended Q&A with the band in great spirit. Some fun anecdotes and some general talk on life. All four members are very good talkers and wordsmiths. It was a great experience.
Some other great experiences on the cruise was the stand-up comedian Craig Gass that did two shows, actually very funny guy. He did some spot-on Gene Simmons impersonations, truly hilarious.
Another was the British band Leogun who performed some strong sets, very talented guys. Other bands I liked was Vintage Trouble and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Unfortunately I didn't see any full shows of these bands due to the tight schedule and many other activities. But as far as I can tell, rock is far from dead!
And oh yeah… I got to meet the band and got my picture taken with the guys. Amazing.