We have learned from past traffic jams - we are seasoned concert goers - that it is best to take a bus to the concert venue mostly to alleviate a certain driver's parking lot rage. We catch the bus just a few blocks from home at the Confederation Park Mall Bus Terminal. The KISS concert was no exception. The other times we've done this, its been standing room only, but this time we lucked out. Or maybe it was because no one wanted to ride with the Paul-Stanley-Wannabe.
This ride was
more eventful than the other bus rides though. There had been a
truck/semi accident that cut off the highway out of the city - the main
route to Credit Union Centre. Traffic was creeping along and down to
two lanes. The CUC is right beside Costco.....imagine if you were just
going out there for some Costco buffet treats? Anyhow, we arrived in
plenty of time to wait for the opening act.
During this free time
I was able to bond with the Lady Sitting Next to Me. A spiky haired
dude walked towards us. Lady's Husband says, "OHMYGAWD, it's the statue
of Liberty!" If only I knew her name - I know we would be great
friends. I wonder if she likes donuts?
The opening act was BuckCherry. Lady and I agreed we most definitely would not be running out to buy that
cd. They played entirely too long although the Two Girls who sat in
front of us seemed to enjoy them. But then they were the type who were
in and out of their seats the entire time. [Washroom breaks? Beer
runs? Smoke breaks? I dunno] This gives me a terrific topic for a
future blog.....so be on the lookout for that one!
KISS took the stage there was a large amount of cheering as a group
down below us entered the floor seating. It was Shannon Tweed! I'm
pretty sure her sister and lot's of family were with her.....I didn't
see if Sophie or Nick was there though. The reason for this is that
Shannon is from Saskatoon! She turned and waved at the audience, paused
for pictures and shook a few hands. Then it was time for the real
This was the best stage show I have ever seen. It
didn't leave me a ranting and raving lunatic like the Eagles concert
did, but WOW! There was amazing
lights, pyro's and sonic booms. There was a drum solo in which drummer
Tommy Thayer complete with drum set lifted off the platform and the
platform turned around.....all while he was drumming! There was the
moment that Gene Simmons spit fire and drooled blood then flew up into
the rafters. But the best part for me was this..... Paul Stanley
talked about being in Tim Horton's and said they have the best donuts!
He said that someone asked him what its like to be up on stage and he
replied saying that sometimes he wishes he could be in the audience
too. That's when he said, "I'm coming out there with you!" and he
jumped on a trolley and glided to the center of the arena to a rotating
stage reminiscent of a 45 record.
seeing an amazing encore we were able to find our bus to head home - a
bunch of happy KISS concert goers with our ears a buzzin' from rock and
rollin' all night long.