KISS – Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach

Last year, KISS released a series of official live bootleg CDs, which can best be defined as a line of official live bootleg albums. Many of these live concerts were already available in audio format for KISS Army collectors but getting an official release, on the other hand, means better audio quality or a new mix. 

The band's Virginia Beach event from July 25, 2004, during KISS' Rock The Nation tour, is the subject of this year's Off The Soundboard archival live concert CD.

Personally, I love these kinds of releases, as live as it gets, being totally in contrast with old releases by the band (who said Alive?), heavily processed in the studio with new vocals. Alive II (considering that I mentioned it) was one of my favourite live albums ever, once I knew it was sung in the studio, I stopped listening to it as I consider it cheating. I way prefer all the mistakes from the singing (and from the background vocals) by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (more the first one than the second, honestly).
But it's a live album, right? If you want to hear perfection you go and put on the studio album, what's the point?

The setlist is amazing, even if it is rare not to find a good setlist from Kiss with all the hits that Stanley/Simmons have released in 50 years of their career.

KISS – Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach
Disc 1
Love Gun
Makin’ Love
Lick It Up
Christine Sixteen
Tears Are Falling
Got To Choose
I Love It Loud
I Want You

Disc 2
Psycho Circus
King Of The Night Time World
War Machine
100,000 Years
Shout It Out Loud
I Was Made For Lovin’ You
Detroit Rock City
God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
Rock and Roll All Nite
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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