Review: Hotter Than Hell – Kiss Tribute at Eleven, Tunstall


Music from the monsters of the rock, KISS echoed around Tunstall as one of Europe’s most well known tribute acts played at the recently opened Eleven venue.

Donning platform boots, eccentric outfits and trademark make-up that made KISS stand out from the crowd, Hotter Than Hell delivered a stage show straight from the 1970s era of the band’s history.

The picture perfect imitation of the original band’s personalities and the over-the-top theatrics a fan would expect from a genuine KISS concert were on show here.

A solid set-list of mainstream classic arena rock anthems such as, ‘Detroit Rock City’ and ‘Crazy, Crazy Nights’ was mixed well with fan favourites like the ballad, ‘Tears Are Falling’.

Bassist (and arguably most recognisable member of KISS) ‘Gene Simmons’ looked delightfully menacing with his demon-like face paint, darting tongue acrobatics and at one point having blood spill from his mouth.

‘Ace Frehley’ brought flair to proceedings with his impressive guitar talent and provided one of the most memorable moments of the evening when an impromptu solo was played so flawlessly that smoke began to billow from the instrument.

Behind the drum kit, ‘Peter Criss’ was the unsung hero of the band, providing an energetic backing while being largely invisible except for when his bandmates left the stage for a remarkable individual drum piece.

But it was frontman, ‘Paul Stanley’ who really glued it all together with his authoritative but playful presence. Commanding of both stage and crowd, Stanley mimicked the real deal to a tee, especially his singling out of audience members with a stern finger.

They may be Hotter Than Hell, but this KISS tribute is certainly one worth bearing the heat for and getting to the front row next time they come to town.


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