October 1, 2023


Living on the edge!

KISS + SKID ROW – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (concert review)

June 12, 2023 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam | Again, another farewell tour from KISS. This time it’s called ‘End Of The Road’ world tour including 50 shows accross the globe. Tonight the KISS Army strikes down in Amsterdam, together with support act Skid Row.

Skid Row
The American heavy metal band Skid Row is back. In the late 80s and early 90s, they were all over the radio and stages across the globe. Their first two albums ‘Skid Row’ (1989) and ‘Slave to the Grind’ (1991), reached the multi-platinum status with hits ‘18 and Life’, ‘I Remember You’ and ‘Youth Gone Wild’. An important element back then was their popualr lead vocalist Sebastian Bach. He left the band in 1999. In 2006 they recorded their fifth album ‘Revolutions per Minute’ but without any success.

But things are different now. In 2022 the Swedish frontman Erik Grönwall joined the band and they released the very well received album ‘The Gang’s All Here’. Erik is a charismatic and energetic frontman, running from left to right on stage. The rest of the band is also playing with passion and dedication, resulting in a decent and solid performance. I think it’s a pity that they only play 1 song from the new album. The rest of the songs is from their first two albums. This was the opportunity to show their new face. Nevertheless an entertaining performance with delicious raw rock music.

1. Slave to the Grind
2. Big Guns
3. 18 and Life
4. Piece of Me
5. Livin’ on a Chain Gang
6. Monkey Business
7. I Remember You
8. The Gang’s All Here
9. Youth Gone Wild

This band doesn’t need any introduction. Their brand, faces and images are known all over the world. They sold over 100 million albums and have more than 2000 merchandise items with their logo on it. From rubber ducks to toilet paper. KISS has it all. But after 50 years they say goodbye. Again.

The KISS Army is waiting patiently before the band kicks of the show with ‘Detroit Rock City’. Older and younger fans are mixed together into an avid audience. After the curtain falls down the members decend form the ceiling accompanied by lots of fireworks and loud bangs. The show has started!

The sound of the band is amazingly good and the vocals of Paul and Gene is still in good shape. The band controls their instruments without any effort. It’s going easily, so there’s time for a lot of entertainment and interaction with the audience. Gene spitting blood during ‘God Of Thunder’ and Paul using the cableway to transport himself to Stage B ons the other side of the venue. Just briliant! The fans are enjoying every movement and are singing along with all the songs.

The setlist tonight is packed with all their hits and songs from 11 different KISS albums. In addition, we are treated to solos by Tommy, Gene and Eric. Of cource packed with entertainment and show elements. After 23 songs, inclusing the solo’s’ it’s time to say goodbye for the last time. Their job in The Netherlands is done after 50 years. An iconic band that will be missed in the future. A band that has been a major influence on countless rock bands and the entire world of entertainment. You wanted the best, you got the best! Thank you!

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Deuce
4. War Machine
5. Heaven’s on Fire
6. I Love It Loud
7. Say Yeah
8. Cold Gin
9. Guitar Solo
10. Lick It Up
11. Calling Dr. Love
12. Tears Are Falling
13. Psycho Circus
14. Drum Solo
15. 100,000 Years (second half only)
16. Bass Solo
17. God of Thunder (Gene Simmons spitting blood)
18. Love Gun (Paul Stanley on stage B)
19. I Was Made for Lovin’ You (Paul Stanley on stage B)
20. Black Diamond

21. Beth
22. Do You Love Me
23. Rock and Roll All Nite