Friday, November 6, 2009

KISS - Los Angeles, CA 1998 (Halloween Night)

As promised a week ago, the best Halloween concert I've ever been to. I mean, come on, KISS on Halloween night? And a Saturday Halloween at that, like the one just past?

This is a superb live boot, 22 stupendous-sounding tracks from a complete FM broadcast. Even the three then-new Psycho Circus songs don't suck. (Incidentally, the complete video of this show can be found on Vol. 3 of the exhaustive Kissology DVD series.)

My enduring memory of this massive Dodger Stadium gig -- which I attended with my old buddy Jon "Smackley" Alpo, both of us stoned 'n' stupid in our KISS 3-D glasses -- is that prior to "God of Thunder", Gene Simmons was doing his customary stalk around the inky darkness. Then he stopped, stood still, and his voice rumbled out: "Gimme a fuckin' spotlight."

Directly behind Jon and me, a spotlight beam popped on, quickly finding its way to the Demon onstage...

We both looked behind us, toward the hapless spotlight operator. I clearly remember thinking, "That poor bastard is lucky if he only gets fired, and doesn't end his Halloween floating facedown in the L.A. River, courtesy of the God of Thunder himself."

Scary, right?

Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, CA - October 31, 1998 (FMB)

PS -- You will need to number the tracks yourself. But hey, as Mr. Simmons and I always say, "Can't beat the price!"


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Anonymous said...

I remember this show at the time - it was broadcast live "as it happened" on the internet, video and audio, from Dodger Stadium... so somewhere out there, someone must have a copy of the pro-shot video of this show.

Heli0tr0pe said...

Hey A --

Thanks for stopping by! As written in the post, "the complete video of this show can be found on Vol. 3 of the exhaustive 'Kissology' DVD series.)"

So why not pick up your copy today?


Anonymous said...

hey now! could you please repost this. links are dead. thanks!!!

Heli0tr0pe said...

I'll see what I can do about finding/posting new links -- thanks for visiting and letting me know!