- Actors: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Kiss
- Format: PAL
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Sanctuary
- DVD Release Date: 28 April 2008
- Run Time: 180 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00009PBJ9
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,811 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Kiss: Symphony [DVD] 
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KISS 2DVD WITH MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Kiss bassist/chief provocateur/world-class swagmeister Gene Simmons once infamously claimed that his cartoon shock-rockers were more influential than Dylan, though the driving sentiment behind Kiss Symphony, a chronicle of the band's liaison with the Melbourne Symphony, seems to paraphrase "Love Minus Zero": "There's no success like excess / and excess is the best success of all" The history of the fusion of rock bands and orchestras is a long and notoriously spotted one, though matters of decorum have seldom concerned--or deterred--Kiss. Disc One of this two-DVD set outlines the genesis of the project, with an earnest and typically irony-free Simmons meeting with perpetually bemused conductor David Campbell to discuss mutual musical quandaries, such as synchronising explosions and whether the orchestra can get their Kiss make-up on with due haste. Rehearsal and preparation footage display an unusually affable orchestra and band, a mood that carries over into its pyrotechnic-punctuated greatest-hits set with the band (Paul Thayer ably filling the platforms of the departed Ace Frehley). It all works surprisingly well, if at some pitched, Vegas-showroom-in-hell level of bombast. It's a technically impressive show and package, if one that feels distinctly padded as a double-disc (the performance of the "Symphony"'s Act III is repeated on both discs). Less is more? Not here. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
A sillier, more enjoyable concert it would be hard to imagine.
Amazingly, the first official video-record of KISS's live show (in make-up) in their 30-year history, it shows those non-believers who have always giggled at the true fans' obsession just how good this band are live. Forget the fact that this is a bunch of guys in their 50s who long ago gave up any need to make more money, they're putting on a show the equal of which is difficult to imagine, playing a whole raft of great pop-rock songs like 'Black Diamond', 'Rock and Roll All Nite', 'God of Thunder'... even the godawful Aussie-only-hit 'Shandi' sounds good in its acoustic version here.
The camera work is rather frenetic at times, but succeeds in capturing the monumental scale of the show, and the sound is first-rate.
There are a bunch of DVD extras like rehearsals, interviews, stage-set up and make-up sessions, but the meat of the package is the show, and that doesn't disappoint at all.
Pretty much worth the price of admission alone for the flying and blood-drooling if you ask me...!
The first act consisted of Kiss in there original style. Tommy Thayer sounds excellent and some may say he sounds tighter then Ace. Paul steals the show as usual - proving that he is probable THE BEST showman in rock. The songs Strutter, Psycho Circus and Let me go Rock n roll shine. These songs sound better then ever.
The second act - to me sounds great, it shows the level of diversity that Kiss have as musicans, proving that they can play melodic music. Again the whole lineup sound great. All songs in this section sound fantastic.
The third act - .....BOOM!!!!!!.....
The Orchestra really pump up the songs. The band have as much energy as they did 20 years ago and the performance is awesome. The songs 'I was made for loving you', 'God of Thunder' 'Black Diamond' and 'Love Gun' sound probably there best ever. Tommy plays the leads very very well and I was impressed overall with the DVD. The special features disk has the backstage footage and rehersals - which is very entertaining.
In short if your into rock/metal music. BUY THIS DVD NOW. I will also recommend the CD.
Paul Stanley seems a little worried that people might think Kiss are going soft, and several times feels the need to re-assure the fans that they aren't wimping out but adding a bit of fire under the already red hot songs. He needn't have worried, this is the best these songs have sounded.
The first Act is KISS rocking as only they can tearing through killer cuts like Deuce, Strutter, Let me go rock and roll, and Calling Dr Love (the first three featured on the first "Alive" album 20 years ago but they still sound as fresh as ever and bring the house down)
Act 2 is a more intimate accoustic set with the Melbourne Symphony Ensemble and features (among others) Beth, Forever, and Goin Blind. This is the weakest part of the show, and is in danger of losing momentum when.....
Act 3 arrives, and Kiss are joined by the full Orchestra. Detroit Rock City, Do You Love Me, God of Thunder, Black Diamond, Rock and Roll all night, and Great Expectations really pound out of your speakers and benefit from the extra power brought by the orcestra. But the highlights have to be Love Gun and I was made for Lovin' you. These could be considered the definitive versions of these songs.
The bonus features won't really stand repeated viewing, but do hold the interest and it is great to see the Australian fans in full make-up greeting the band at the airport. The Aussie fans must be the best in the world!!!!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome! The aged rockers show they still got it. They create another page in Kisstory. But be warned with or without make up they ain't pretty!Published on 19 Sept. 2013 by Pen Name