KISS and Def Leppard Concert

A First Hand Look into Hard Rock Culture

Hard Rock Culture

Hard Rock became a popular genre of music in the 1970s. It is a form of loud, aggressive rock music. The vocals that are used are often: growling, raspy, loud, or wailing. There has been backlash toward hard rock because of its emphasis on masculinity and sexuality because it has historically been performed and targeted at men, particularly Caucasians. However, this genre of music's commercial popularity declined in the 1990s.

KISS

Legacy

The band KISS originated in the early 1970s. Since then, the band has sold over 100 million records and released 28 albums. In April 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This past weekend, I went to my first KISS concert. How does a band remain popular for over 40 years? They must extend musical boundaries to become a cultural phenomenon that has left a lasting impact on its fans.


KISS also became known as the "Faceless Band" due to their extensive makeup and costumes that didn't allow you to see the real faces of the members of KISS. I feel that this impacted their fan base because it kept the members interesting and also was something that fans could relate to. Many people often wish that they could put on a mask and become someone else for a day. The members of KISS made this seem possible because no one knew who they actually were. They could walk around in public without makeup and not be noticed because they had never been seen without it. This added an air of mystery around the band that helped gain them popularity. This was also helpful because the members of the band have changed a number of times due to : creative differences, death, and other reasons. This interested me because in today's culture, bands often do not add new musicians to replace old ones. Usually, when one member wants out or has to leave, it means that the band is over. However, in 1983, they revealed themselves without makeup for the release of an album and a tour. This allowed the fan base to know them, but eventually KISS went back to their notable makeup and costumes. In 1996, the original band came back together for a reunion tour. Most recently, the band is on a 40-date tour with Def Leppard and does not seem to be slowing down. They were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone in April 2014, which was the first time that they had received that cover.


Personally, I think that KISS has lasted so long because they have always remained true to their identity and their fans. They have never changed their style or disposition to become "mainstream" or gather more popularity. By doing this, they have given their fans a sense of security and appreciation for the band.

KISS and Def Leppard Conceert

Saturday, July 26th, 7pm

PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, United States

Holmdel, NJ

KISS and Def Leppard, hard rock bands that have been performing since the 1970s, come together for a 10-week 40 city tour.

My ticket

I didn't think to take a picture of my ticket until after it had survived the concert, crumpled and dirty. I always try to keep tickets from concerts I attend because it reminds me of what I've gotten to do. I must say, this might be my favorite one because it is so different than what I am used to experiencing. The crowd at this show was very energetic, lively, and friendly. They came dressed as their favorite members of the band, in full makeup and costume. There was also people that came from all walks of life: older people, younger people, and children. I was shocked by how many couples seemed to come to the show, only to learn that their first date had been to a KISS concert years ago. I find it so interesting that I had the opportunity to go to a concert that has a rich history. Not only has the band impacted these individuals, but they remind them of their most cherished memories.


The lasting dedication and impact of KISS effect me because it is so much different than culture today. In "Top-40 culture", there is very few long lasting bands or artists. For example, when I was 13 my favorite band was extremely popular. However, less than ten years later they have broken up and would be hardly recognized by anyone younger than me. With the rise of Top 40, many artists become one-hit wonders (call me maybe, gangnam style, etc.). A year or two later, we have completely forgotten about these artists and they would have a hard time selling tickets to a tour. However, KISS has been able to sell tickets for over 40 years. Fans have passed on their admiration to younger generations and can share this bond. I find this extremely interesting and am glad that I got to be a part of it.

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Rock and Roll All Night

The perfect end to an exciting show! While I did not take this video, I found it on youtube from someone who had gone to the same concert. I decided to add this one because it's a KISS song that I think a lot of people know but may not pay attention to who the artist is. I say this because, embarrassingly, I did not realize that this was a KISS song before coming to this concert. I think that the longevity of popularity of this song shows the impact that KISS had on society and music in general. While this song was released in the 1970s, it is still played at various sporting events, weddings, and parties. This shows that KISS' music has transcended time and helped them last for over 40 years.
KISS - Rock And Roll All Nite - PNC Bank Arts Center - July 26, 2014