Review: Half-KISS Rocks Bonner Springs

Timothy Finn of The Kansas City Star writes: When KISS resumed touring back in the late 1990s, it alerted everyone that the band was hitting the road to say farewell once and for all.

No one knew then that the sayonara/au revoir/danke schoen tour would become a process of attrition that would exceed five years. Apparently KISS will retire and say farewell when everyone in the band has died or decided he has something better to do.

Sunday night the KISS that took the stage at the music garden in Bonner Springs featured only half the original band: Paul Stanley, the lead singer who wouldn't wear a shirt on a cold day in Alaska; and Gene Simmons, the singer/bassist with a camel's tongue.

So was the KISS half-empty or half-full? Void the question: Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are gone — Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer were the stand-ins — but to this crowd on a crisp summer evening, KISS was still KISS, even with "Beth" off the set list. Read more (free registration required).

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