A Tribute to KISS!!!
WANTED THE BEST, AND YOU GOT THE...uh, well..."Cold Gin."
you can't afford to shell out 70 clams to see the new KISS 3-D show?
(Aren't all concerts 3-D?) Well, neither could we. So, we opted
for Cold Gin. The second best Kiss cover band we've ever seen, out
of two. (The first, of course, being Strutter.) Where would be a
better place to catch this act? Why at Doc's Landing SPORTS BAR
in Maplewood, MN. Complete with lame ass d.j.'s from a local "classic
rock" station forcing three unwilling participants to compete in
an air guitar contest for crappy white t-shirts emblazened with
their stations' logo. Yippee. Cold Gin came out nearly an hour and
a half later than advertised, while we were subjected to non-stop
Cradle will Rock (Van Halen), morons with LTB haircuts (long in
the back - short on the top...sometimes known as mullets)
and women with a fashion sense prescribed by "Trucker Cutie" magazine.
We're not experts, but would the REAL Paul Stanley
talk about the Minnesota Vikings, while Gene Simmons nods in agreement
and makes a TD sign with his arms? We think not. Now, this is our
moment to tell you that the persons onstage were not those represented
in the photo we purchased for one buck. We figured, it was an investment
for the future. What the heck. Gotta live a little.
fire breathing attempts were a bit anemic, however with a ceiling
that barely cleared their heads, I suppose we can't complain too
much. For that same reason, we assume that's why no explosions appeared
either. Those $400.00 fines, for false alarms to the fire marshall
are generally not appreciated by most club owners. We were treated
with a different set list featuring songs like: Parasite, Hotter
Than Hell, Firehouse, Strutter and Christine Sixteen. Their performance
was a flattering portrayal to the true cheesiness that is KISS.
Plus, "Paul" appeared in the first incarnation of Paul Stanley makeup
known as "The Bandit". We wonder if he was trying to be unique,
or if his visit to the Little Debbie truck pre-show hindered his
ability to "pull off" the ol' one-star-over-the-eye look.
in all, it was a Vinyl Cheese kind of night. Rock on.