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“KISS My A**” [DVD] by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “KISS My A**”
Label: Mercury/Universal Music
Release Date: 1/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

This DVD was released as a companion to the CD bearing the same name and on it we saw music superstars like Garth Brooks and Lenny Kravitz giving us their versions of KISS classics. There were a number of good performances on the record and served as a reminder that more people were influenced by KISS than you would have perceived. With the DVD you don’t get an exact copy of the music from the CD with all of those artists and instead are treated to a plethora of vintage makeup clips that are shown in full. When KISS released “X-Treme Closeup” the viewer was able to see a lot of these clips but they were not presented in their entirety. Having them in full to enjoy the complete song was a pleasant change to be found on this DVD. In the format of the CD we do have Anthrax doing their rendition of “She” and The Gin Blossoms performing a nice version of “Christine Sixteen”. The two tracks are pretty much shown as a whole but not a lot more in that aspect is showcased. KISS makes sure to treat you to added interview commentary and thoughts as well as maintaining a focus on vintage makeup era clips. The big product at the time was the comprehensive “KISSStory” book. This was a massive photo history tome that was 9 pounds and 400 pages. Gene and Paul give some background on this as well. There are 13 full clips with several being from the “Love Gun” and “Dynasty” tour which are nice to see. However, the teaser aspect of this makes you want the full show no matter how good or bad the quality is. KISS fans being very strong in what they want to purchase from the band will jump for even the grainiest of footage. Let’s hope for more full-content vintage shows in the future.
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“Live In Las Vegas” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Live In Las Vegas: The Unseen Concert”
Label: Passport Video
Release Date: 4/2/2002
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 2/10

Over the years the band KISS has released a large number of video products and there is enough for all the fans to enjoy practically every video and incarnation that the band has had. Most of the releases have been fantastic while others have been lacking in only some minor areas. The KISS Army fan base is perpetual in their fostering of the original ideal of the band and is very hard to discourage. This release however lacks on almost all counts and will truly disappoint even the most ardent of fans. It is not only poorly laid out but does not give you anything more than four live performances. The band is the original lineup and this recording from 10/1999 pretty much features them before the dramas set in once again and lead to the lineup changes that would carry KISS forward. The four songs at the Las Vegas appearance are nothing you have not seen anywhere else a million times. Perhaps adding a few more tracks and some difference could have redeemed it but I doubt it. KISS themselves seem to be merely going through the motions on the video and look like they cannot wait to finish. The band appears in Destroyer-era costumes making this film from around the “Psycho Circus” or “Farewell Tour” time frame.
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