Title: “Alive: The Millennium Concert”
Label: Mercury Records
Release Date: 12/21/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
When Universal Music delivered the KISS live concert box set entitled “Alive: 1975-2000” it featured four live concert albums – “Alive”, “Alive II”, Alive III” which lifetime fans of the band already had in their collections and one that fans had long hoped for in “Alive: The Millennium Concert”. For some reason that album as a solitary release was scrapped and we got only a sampling on the bands mammoth historical collection “Boxed Set” which most felt was nothing but a tease. In my review of the larger piece I had this to say about this part of the collection. Read on.
“The Millennium Concert was recorded in front of a record breaking crowd of 45,000 and despite numerous delays and reasons for it not being available yet, the CD would simply vanish from the radar of fans. A couple of tracks made their way to the Boxed Set a couple of years ago, but that would be it. Now as a special bonus surprise the KISS Army gets to enjoy this full release as we had long wanted to. The recording was done during “The Farewell Tour”, which had found a reunited original line up once again in makeup doing their thing to the approval of legions of old and new fans. Sadly, it would also be the final live recording to feature complete original members as Ace would once again leave the bands membership and be replaced by Tommy Thayer”.