Kiss delivers memorable “End of the Road” performance in Buffalo

Thomas Tedesco, Culture Editor

Legendary rockers Kiss performed for the last time in Buffalo Wednesday night.

Several bands have been embarking on farewell tours as of late, but as is often the case, no one does it exactly like Kiss. The band announced their first farewell tour in 2000, but they ultimately decided to continue after that. However, last year the band announced they would be saying goodbye once more by embarking on their “End of the Road” world tour.

Their most recent concert in Western New York was this past August at Darien Lake.

Despite them being here so recently, thousands of hardcore fans came to KeyBank Center just as eager to see Kiss in Buffalo for the last time. The band made sure to change a few things up from the previous show in order to keep it interesting for the fans.

One of these differences was how the night started, with having Van Halen singer David Lee Roth as the opening act.

Roth whipped through eleven songs in just about 40 minutes, which featured mostly Van Halen songs as well as three of his solo tunes. He provided a solid performance with a unique stage presence all his own. This culminated with the Van Halen classic, “Jump”, which hyped up the crowd and left them eagerly waiting for Kiss.

About 30 minutes later, the house lights went out once again, marking the moment everyone had long been waiting for. With their famous, “You wanted the best, you got the best” introduction, the curtain came down, and Kiss descended onto a the elaborate stage with several fireworks and pyrotechnics. The classic opening song “Detroit Rock City” gave the crowd a rush of energy to set up the rest of the night perfectly.

While singer Paul Stanley’s vocals were up and down throughout the show, he utilized his strong frontman abilities to keep the crowd’s high energy going throughout the show.

“Here we are, Wednesday night. What do you say, we’ll treat tonight like it’s Saturday night,” Stanley said on stage. “Why don’t we have ourselves a rock and roll party?”

The party continued throughout the night with all the antics typical of a Kiss show, including bassist Gene Simmons breathing fire and spitting blood, as well Stanley flying out into the audience to perform “Love Gun” and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” on a small stage in the middle of the floor.

The band also did a good job mixing up the setlist playing songs from several different albums spanning their 40-year career. Some highlights included deeper cuts such as “Tears Are Falling” and “Parasite”, which were not played at their previous show at Darien Lake.

After the conclusion of their two-hour set with “Rock and Roll All Nite”, the energy and emotions were high as the band said one last thank you and goodbye to their fans. The end of the road for Kiss in Buffalo will be one that is remembered long after they are gone.