KISS, Mötley Crüe

When: Sun., Aug. 19, 7 p.m. 2012


There aren't many bands in the world more divisive than KISS. Those who love the band do so with religious zealotry; those on the other side look at the band with the same derision as Nickelback. But almost 40 years in, KISS' place in American music (and pop culture) is secure. They're consummate underdogs, businessmen, and survivors. And despite what you think, they're also a rock and roll b®and. Get past Gene Simmons' massive ego/codpiece. Pass up "Beth" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" for the deep cuts. Know that—with all the makeup and schlock and bombs—these are just four guys from New York that were reared on the best British bands from the '60s. Simmons and his longtime partner Paul Stanley are all that remain of the original lineup, but there's still not a better/louder show in town. And they still champion rock 'n' roll like it's 1975. It's big, dumb fun—just like their no-brainer choice for co-headliners, Mötley Crüe. MARK LORE

Price: $30-151

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