KISS makes St. John’s rock city

Steve Bartlett
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It wouldn’t surprise me if St. John’s city council had an emergency vote on roof repairs for Mile One because KISS blew the lid off the place Sunday night.

I joke, of course, but if there ever was a show to wreck the rafters and release the rivets, it was this one.

There were explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.

And lots and lots of pyro.

And a whole lot of other things that made it a one-of-a-kind, over-the-top rock spectacle.

The band landed on stage playing on a monstrous mechanical spider that did all sorts things throughout the show.

They kicked it off with the song “Psycho Circus” and proceeded to rock ‘n’ roll all nite, delivering a set that mixed most of their popular stuff with a few new ones.

While the music rocked, but was not for everyone, the show wowed the entire audience, which included bassist Gene Simmons’ wife, Newfoundland-born Shannon Tweed, and their daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons.

Besides the explosions, guitars fired like guns, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley sailed over the crowd, and Simmons ascended to the rafters atop the spider, spitting blood and singing his signature “God of Thunder.”

And that’s just the bottom of the platform boot.

The show was packed with too many things to list.

A colleague who saw KISS’s first show at Mile One Saturday night rightly described it as “a comic book come to life, the rock concerts of old, revived.”

KISS ended that revival with a blizzard of confetti, more explosions, and the song “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

When the band said goodnight, there was a huge sign at the back of the stage that said something to the effect of “KISS loves St. John’s.”

Judging from the smiles on the faces of the crowd after the show, St. John’s loved KISS, too.


Email Steve Bartlett, a life-long KISS fan, at On Twitter, he’s @TelegramSteve.

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Michael
    August 08, 2013 - 17:22

    Kiss is a classic rock band. Maybe some of the other classic rock artists should be encouraged to play the area too such as Joan Jett, Lita Ford, The Go Go's now that would be a change if some more classic female artists played too. Almost forgot about Heart too, you got to love the Wilson sisters they are classic rockers too. I'm not suprised at all so many people enjoyed Kiss because they always give it all they got on stage.

  • Andrea Tranchino M
    August 05, 2013 - 15:06

    kiss is the greatest band in the world...i love those guys since 1978. i have the happiest night ever when the band play in my country CHILE april 3 2009...the experience was unforgetable!!! sorry for my you all.

  • Greg
    August 05, 2013 - 13:04

    KISS and Shinedown rocked Mileone Sunday nite best rock show ST.John's have ever seen ! gives me hope for some more top notch acts to play here ,now bring on the kings RUSH!

  • Johnny C
    August 05, 2013 - 10:27

    Saw Saturday's show. KISS was good but Paul doesn't have much left. Shinedown was outstanding.

  • Rock chick
    August 05, 2013 - 09:59

    I was at Saturday nights show, and by the end of the first song I wished I had to buy tickets for Sunday nights show to. They rocked the house, it was amazing, please come back again!!:)

  • Stryker
    August 05, 2013 - 09:47

    I went to the August 3rd show...and all I can say is that it was AWESOME...lights, smoke, flames, explosions & of course the music. I have seen several different performers over the years and nothing compared to to say that the KISS ARMY is alive and well in Newfoundland!!!

  • david
    August 05, 2013 - 09:37

    To concert promoters, Newfoundland is like an emerging China for washed up bands looking for a gig. The insidious, stealthy removal of nouveau oil wealth from Newfoundland continues unabated. Rock on.

  • ron
    August 05, 2013 - 09:34

    they bought down the house sunday night .it was amazing ,the best concert st .johns has ever seen,bar none.cant wait for them to come back.

  • saelcove
    August 05, 2013 - 09:34

    Guess only potheads and hippies attended

    • Fred Penner
      August 05, 2013 - 10:48

      Just curious...if the hippies and the potheads like KISS...what sort of music do the yuppies and drunks like?

    • Devil's Advocate
      August 05, 2013 - 13:26

      I guess you're outnumbered Mr. Pompous, ha-ha.