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Considering the amount of pyrotechnics, blood-spitting and quick-tempo hard rock in the Kiss phenomenon, it’s hard to believe that band founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are now in their sixties. Still going strong after all these years, the pair keep their brand and their on-stage personas alive with the help of younger guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, taking on the roles of the characters made famous by original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
The band returns to São Paulo after a three-year absence, in support of Monster, their twentieth studio album, nearly 40 years since the group emerged from the New York City glam rock scene. The band achieved overblown pop success in the late-1970s; suffered a backlash that led to their revealing their previously hidden, thickly made-up faces in the 1980s, when they also brought in a string of replacement members; and followed up with a well-received reunion and a return to the greasepaint in the mid-1990s.
And while half of the players have changed again since then, the set list has been roughly the same as for the last two decades, wrapping up with anthems ‘Shout It Out Loud’ and ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’.