Review: KISS Rocks Vegas on Blu-ray, DVD, CD, LP

I know what many of you are thinking. "KISS put out another live album? Why?" It's really quite simple and makes a whole lot of sense to followers of the group. First, a new live album serves as a gauge of the band's career as performers. Secondly, it's a fantastic way to mark the milestone and celebrate 40 years of KISS hits. That's really all the reasons KISS Army members need to embrace a new live record.  

November of 2014 saw KISS take up residence at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. For nine eruptive nights, the group unleashed their powers and legendary songs on the masses who attended these special performances. Bringing with them all the show-stopping vivacity they've become known for, KISS left the venue in a shambles of explosions, smoke, confetti, and blood.

Every single wonderful trope of a KISS performance is included in “KISS Rocks Vegas”, and they should be. Here is a band delivering the goods to many times folks from all walks of life. Some have never seen them before in a live setting. Just as they always do, KISS puts their best foot forward and strives to win over newcomers and make new fans. That’s how a rock group becomes immortal.

Now that we've addressed the visual performance of the band briefly, let's get on to the musical aspect featured on the CD. KISS trims out quite a bit of material in between the songs that leave dead space which doesn't make much sense if you can't see it. What this does is allow the listener a no-nonsense, rapid and well-paced run through the group's four decades of musical output. 

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of several websites, and his writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at

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