Coming on September 9th is the last concert from Kiss‘ ongoing archival “Off The Soundboard” series. Live In Des Moines 1977 was recorded during the Alive II tour on November 29th, 1977 in Des Moines, Iowa at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, featuring the band’s original and classic lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
When we last caught up with Paul Stanley, he explained that if a fan shells out their hard earned cash to see Kiss in concert, they’re getting a massive show by seasoned vets who know exactly what it takes to deliver the goods — be it in an open air stadium or a smoke-filled, hole in the wall club: “There’s absolutely no substitute for working your way up. Bands today that are starting out — they don’t have a clue. Most of these bands go from obscurity to selling a million albums, two million albums — they couldn’t entertain a phone booth and that’s why (laughter) they don’t sell tickets. You learn the craft by doing it. You start in the clubs, you work your way up to being third on a bill in an auditorium, then you get to headlining there, then you get to work your way into arenas. By the time you’re in arenas, you damn well know how to do it.”
The tracklisting to Kiss’ Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977:
“I Stole Your Love”
“King Of The Night Time World”
“Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll”
“I Want You”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“God Of Thunder”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Detroit Rock City”
Kiss performs tonight (June 28th) in Stuttgart, Germany
Their next U.S. show is set for September 21st at West Palm Beach’s IThink Financial Amphitheatre.