Kiss performs first post-COVID show at Tribeca Film Festival
Legendary rockers Kiss returned to the stage in front of a live audience with a special performance at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
The face-painted rockers – comprised of singer Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer – delivered a five-song set at the event. According to Setlist.fm, Kiss debuted with his 1976 hit “Detroit Rock City”, before going through the classic tracks “Shout It Out Loud”, “War Machine” and “Heavens on Fire”.
“We don’t have a license to do a long show,” Stanley admitted before the band’s last song of the night. “So it’s a bit short. It’s like a sample before you have your big meal in August, ”he said, hinting at the band’s upcoming tour dates. Kiss then closed the evening with the iconic song “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
Although the set may have been short, the group did not hold back on any of the plays. Fan videos from the event show many pyrotechnics, including fireworks and flamethrowers. Check out some fan footage from the concert below.
Kiss’s last performance was a New Years Eve event dubbed “Kiss 2020 Goodbye”. This concert took place at Atlantis in Dubai, with fans watching from their hotel balconies in the distance (or via pay-per-view at home). Such social distancing measures were absent for the band’s return to the stage, as New York fans were able to resume a more traditional outdoor concert.
The performance of Kiss’ Tribeca Film Festival followed the premiere screening of their new documentary, Biography: Kisstory. Directed by DJ Viola and produced by Leslie Greif (who also produced Gene Simmons Family Jewelry for A&E), the film tells the story of Kiss as one of the greatest groups in rock history. The documentary features interviews with all of the band’s current members, as well as other notable names like Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, manager Doc McGhee and producer Bob Ezrin.
Biography: Kisstory will air on A&E later this month, as part of a two-night event on June 27-28.
Watch Kiss’s performance at the Tribeca Film Festival