REVIEW: Kiss - End Of The Road Tour | OVO Hydro, Glasgow
"A spectacle of a show and will go down in history for their iconic pageantry and rock discography."
Glasgow’s OVO Hydro had its roof blown off as one of rock’s quirkiest band came to town with their End of the Road tour.
But before I take a deep dive into the KISS abyss of the night, let’s talk about the support acts – The Wild Things and Skindred. I can’t really comment on The Wild Things’ performance because due to the Hydro doors opening later than they should have, many of us missed their set. However, Skindred had the crowd amped up, performing fan favourites ‘Kill the Power’ and ‘Warning’, and it wouldn’t be a Skindred set without their infamous overhead shirt spinning ‘Newport Helicopter’.
KISS brought their trademark ubiquitous rock panto fusion: guitar spars, drum solos, flames, lasers, and pyrotechnics. And you can’t have a KISS show without one of the band members breathing fire and showing off his fake blood stained enormo-tongue!
Singing their classic hits like ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Shout It Out Loud’, and ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’, they had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. But, admittedly, I was disappointed that they didn’t perform one of my favourites (and their first UK top-ten single) ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’. Gutted!
Nevertheless, 50 years on from when the band was born, there’s no denying that KISS can still put on a spectacle of a show and will go down in history for their iconic pageantry and rock discography.
OVO Hydro plays host to national and international music megastars as well as global Entertainment and sporting events.
With a maximum capacity of 14,300, OVO Hydro augments the SEC’s existing facilities and stages 140+ events annually.
Attracting an audience of more than a million visitors each year, the venue is consistently ranked by Pollstar in the top 10 arenas globally, alongside iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and The O2.
Since opening in September 2013, OVO Hydro has staged the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the Ryder Cup Gala Concert and the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. It was also a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.