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Kiss and Def Leppard
August 24 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Face-painted rock bad boys, Kiss, are one of the top-selling bands of all time. Started in New York City in 1973, the band was one of the early pioneers in rock theatrics incorporating fire, smoking guitars, flash pots and rockets into their shows. Still driven by founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, the band has ridden the wave of classic rock nostalgia and still attracts sizable crowds. The make up and costumes are based on cartoon characters they created, with Stanley as The Starchild and Simmons as The Demon. Several of their biggest hits rose the charts to rock radio fame in the 70’s including “Rock ‘n Roll All Night” “Beth” and “Detroit Rock City.” Yes, Kiss is a very dramatic band but they have also created powerful rock songs and ballads.
Another top-selling glam-rock band, Def Leppard, will also be performing tonight. Def Leppard is one of only five other bands that have had two original studio albums with sales of over 10 million each. The other bands sharing this distinction are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd. Top songs like “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” account for Def Leppard’s massive success. Opening is The Dead Dasies. 7 p.m. First Niagara Pavilion,