Foto: Kai Rune Storhagen, aktivioslo.no
Why change something that works well? Pyro effects, blood and old classics were in place as expected during the Kiss concert at Holmenkollen.
Finally the time has come. Kiss back in Oslo for the first time in two years. Expectations are sky high and the fans have been in place since early Saturday afternoon. Black-clad men and women, decorated with white and black paint on the face. Boys with Ray-Bans, shirt and lick. Girls with the volume in your hair and pink cheeks. Children with hearing about the size of their own head, and eyes as big as marbles. Kiss pull all kinds, of all ages.
The tension builds up. Kiss backstage appear on TV screens, and the audience howls. The volume falls not until hours later, when the confetti has settled and the lights are off. Based on the stage marching boys or old men, maybe. Greatness time still exists, 38 years after the first album KISS was released. Kiss is a group that is passed down for generations. From father to son and mother to daughter.
Flames, fireworks and bleeding tongues were Kiss-signature, and Saturday in Holmenkollen was no exception. Gene Simmons, goes in with basso lint as usual, and a little solo in the blood falls out of the mouth and covers both the costume and instrument. In his younger days he must have bitten his tongue to start bleeding, but today it is certainly enough vials of blood, as applicable. True or not, it belongs to the show.
Kiss did not spare the powder, literally. Pyro effects lasted throughout the concert and the call jump air was regularly hit by heat waves from the stage.
Kiss took no chances in the ski jump, and went to the godlåt for godlåt. Singing songs loomed over the arena and when “I Was Made For Loving You” was played at the end, the mood could not have been better. Holmenkollen, that worked all too big for the festival and its audience shrank in the minutes before Kiss entered the scene. In contrast to the Rihanna concert, there were few who went earlier to get t-banekø this evening.