by: Nelson Hicks Updated:
ATLANTA - Thousands of fans packed Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood Tuesday night to see Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, collectively known as KISS.
It's been nearly 40 years since the band got its start in New York City. Today, there are no signs of slowing down.
Nelson's News on wsbtv.com got a front row seat for the show. Members of the media were allowed to shoot videos and photos of the band's first two songs.
The majority of bands pay little to no attention to the cameras of the assembled media at concerts. Not KISS. Throughout the two songs, Simmons, Stanley and Thayer all posed for each camera in the group, often times pointing at the cameras, Simmons stuck out his tongue at times for the group and Stanley placed a KISS guitar pic on his tongue for cameras.
The concert was full of energy, pyrotechnics and plenty of fans dressed in KISS makeup.
"Kiss today is Kiss as I've always wanted it – four guys who get along great, who play fiercely and are proud of who we are, proud of our fans and celebrate what we do from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed," Stanley said in an interview for for 85-26.com.
Speaking of makeup, the band started wearing it early in its history. Wikipedia notes band members wore little to no makeup for its first three gigs back in 1973, but that the iconic designs made their debut at the band's fourth show in Amityville, NY. KISS did tour in the 80s without the makeup.
Motley Crue opened the show.