Crossed out one more entry from the list of things I need to do in my life — saw legendary Kiss live =) I’m not a true fan, I won’t be able to name all their albums or something like that but, nonetheless, I know and love a bunch of their songs and… this is Kiss, after all!

Must admit, a concert at a venue with capacity ~14k people was an interesting experience. And, of course, Kiss are super professional. The lighting, effects, everything was second to none. They played all the songs the crowd wanted to hear, did all their famous stuff (Simmons breathing fire, spitting blood, etc) — I definitely wasn’t disappointed =)

The question whether Paul Stanley was lip syncing is a subject for future discussions. If he was — well, their sound engineers were great, the transition between the recorded voice and his own, when he was referring to Toronto, was super smooth. I think he sang partially live, partially — just danced behind the mic. Whatever. Simmons is a monster though! This guy is 70 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to play until all the end of the world.

The warming up show with a guy painting something on stage was questionable at best though.

P.S. setlist!

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What’s the best way to finish off a Saturday than to go to a concert of (in)famous Steel Panther? =)

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Was a great show, although, a bit different comparing to what we typically attend. There was no mosh pit, no slam but Satchel and Michael Starr were joking their questionable jokes non-stop, played cover songs everybody knew (and I even finally learned the name of the song I had heard before but had no idea what it was, “Here I go again” by Whitesnake); there were lots of guys wearing almost cosplay-like outfits (glam metal, baby) and in general the atmosphere was super friendly, fun and relaxing.

Volbeat’s concert in London was one of the calmest shows I’ve even been at. There were a lot of crowd surfers and even a tiny mosh pit but everything looked so innocent comparing to an average metal concert! The setlist was decent (everything you’d expect them to play they played) and the sound was good. The weirdest moment of the concert was when Danko Jones, who played his concert at LMH the same evening (and whom I know only because I accidentally found his interview with Rob Urbinati, the guitarist and vocalist of Sacrifice, where Mr. Jones left the impression of a guy who uses any opportunity to talk about himself instead of actually, you know, interviewing a person he invited) showed up to perform “Black Rose”.

Yesterday we saw Mudmen live for the second time and that second time was even better than the first concert. It appears that Irish music, bagpipes and beer are meant to be enjoyed together. “The Night That Paddy Murphy Died”, “Dirty Old Town”, “Drink & Fight”, “Whack for the Lassie” and 5 or so bottles of Keiths’ beer made the atmosphere relaxing and friendly and we ended up being involved in a small talk and even dancing a bit, madness.

Kind of amazing and sad that at the beginning of their career Mudmen release music videos and people would catch their songs on TV and radio. I think they deserve more than just playing in small clubs all over Ontario.