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Summary and photos by Gus Griesinger

While on the second week of KISS Kruise 11, we were grateful to be granted access to cover both indoor KISS shows. This would give the readers of Goldmine one last glimpse into the masked world of KISS on the seven seas. 

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It was announced on the week prior that going forward, KISS will no longer perform in makeup on the boat after this Kruise. This was truly something to take in: After 11 years, the KISS indoor shows will be no more. So, for this review, we will only focus on these last two indoor shows. 

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In the past, there has almost always been a small difference between the first and second show. This year the number of songs was the same for both shows (17). The order was slightly different between the first and second night, too, but both ended the same. The gems that haven’t been heard in a while that were dusted off and played were “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em,” “King of the Nightime World,” “I Want You” and “Take Me.” 

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Night 1, the band sounded fresh and exciting. The vibe was good and band interaction was on point. Much didn’t change between nights except Paul Stanley‘s voice on night 2 was a tad less powerful as it was on night 1. Also, the boat was a lot more 'rocking' on night 2 due to the inclement weather. Kudos to the band for playing it off without incident. 

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Instruments were the only constant thing of change between tracks. The camaraderie remained strong throughout both shows. Both Stanley and Gene Simmons joked with each other throughout each night's set, and guitarist Tommy Thayer played off Stanley for a mini guitar dual towards the very end of “Cold Gin.” And at the very end of the first show, drummer Eric Singer came out to hand KISS superfan Russell Dannecker his snare drum, as it was Dannecker’s 400th KISS show. 400 shows!

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KISS superfan Russell Dannecker and his gifted snare drum, as it was Dannecker’s 400th KISS show

KISS superfan Russell Dannecker and his gifted snare drum, as it was Dannecker’s 400th KISS show

Overall, the song selection was terrific. You had the hits, but KISS pacified the diehards with enough deep cuts to keep them happy. It was a good balance. Of course, if there were any complaints, one could argue that the set could have been a little longer. Other than that, KISS did a commendable job, tying a big bow on the indoor show portion of the KISS Kruise.

A ton of balloons were let go from the top of each balcony during “Shout It Out Loud.”

A ton of balloons were let go from the top of each balcony during “Shout It Out Loud.”

  

KISS Kruise set Week 2 (songs played):

Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em

Detroit Rock City

King of the Nightime World

War Machine

Heavens on Fire

I Want You

She

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Parasite

Makin’ Love

I Love It Loud

Take Me

Cold Gin

C’mon and Love Me

Love Gun

Black Diamond

Shout It Out Loud

Rock and Roll All Nite

  

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