Recap From KISS’ “Freedom To Rock” Tour Kickoff

It was indeed hotter than hell when KISS kicked off its “Freedom To Rock” Tour on Tuesday night (July 5) in Tucson, Ariz. The quartet played in 102-degree heat, with frontman Paul Stanley declaring that, "Tonight's the first night of the tour, and it couldn't be any place hotter or any place cooler."

The 19-song set was loaded with the usual array of Kiss favorites and returned songs such as "Beth," "100,000 Years" and "Shock Me," sung by guitarist Tommy Thayer, to the show. Freedom To Rock, which is slated to run through September 10, will be playing mostly medium and smaller-sized markets, which Stanley tells us was by design:

"When we first started out we really built our following by going to cities that most other bands only flew over on their way from L.A. to New York or vice versa. So we built our following by going to the heartland and going to middle America. So for us it's basically a return to that. It's a lot of fun. We focused on those cities when we first started, and to go back to them is...a tip of the hat."


KISS' full opening night set list included:

1. “Detroit Rock City”
2. “Deuce”
3. “Shout It Out Loud”
4. “Creatures of the Night”
5. “War Machine”
6. “Psycho Circus”
7. “Calling Dr. Love”
8. “Shock Me”
9. “Cold Gin”
10. “Lick It Up”
11. “I Love It Loud”
12. “100,000 Years”
13. “Love Gun”
14. “Black Diamond”
15. “Beth”
16. “Rock and Roll All Nite”

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.