After much speculation, KISS and Mötley Crüe will be teaming up for a summer tour to rival almost any other rock show on the planet, and they’ll be playing both Jones Beach and the PNC Arts Center this September.
KISS last came this way in summer 2010, when they also headlined at Jones Beach (read my review of that show here). The explosive show was easily one of the highlights of the outdoor concert season, and was an emphatic reminder that more 30 years into their career, the band still has the balls and the heart to put on a top shelf rock show.
Mötley Crüe also toured summer 2010, as the penultimate act on Ozzfest’s last dying gasp (read my review of Mötley Crüe and Ozzfest 2010 here). The Sunset Strip rockers may have toned down their bad boy behavior, but the music and stage presence is as strong as ever.
The upcoming amphitheater run, simply called The Tour, presents a number of questions and possibilities. For one, each act is a major headliner in their own right, and co-headlining tours often results in shorter and less satisfying sets from each band (such as the recent Gigantour 2012). Similarly, each band is reknown for its pyro-happy stage show, and having two such sets back to back may lessen its overall impact.
On the other hand, fans of one band who may have never seen the other now have a great opportunity to catch a premium act as a bonus. While a group jam or guest appearances seem unlikely given the alpha egos across both bands, there is certainly something to be said for a double bill of such high caliber rock musicians, and there is likely enough overlap in the fanbases that no one will feel the need to skip a band.
Finally, there is the nature of Jones Beach and PNC amphitheaters themselves. Jones Beach seats about 15,000 and is one of the area’s most beautifully situated outdoor venues, but a no-alcohol policy and no general admission area leaves it lacking for hard rock and metal shows (be sure to pre-game!). PNC can hold over 17,000 and does have a general admission lawn behind its seated pavilian area, but it is difficult, if not impossible, for fans there to see the stage without the help of large screens which are virtually invisible until darkness falls. While KISS’s 2010 run did not fully sell out either venue, with the addition of the Crüe the demand is sure to go up, but may be tempered by pricey admissions in a down economy.
Tickets range from $40 for the lawn and nosebleed seats, hover around $80-90 for decent seats, and blast past the $150 mark for sections closest to the stage. The double bill means that tickets in any range are still high value, with the cheapest seats practically a steal to see two bands that would charge almost as much for a solo show. The late September dates also suggest that these will likely be the final shows of the summer concert season, and a fitting encore to a schedule that already includes Roger Waters, The Scorpions, and Rob Zombie / Megadeth.
The Tour comes to PNC on Friday, September 21st, and Jones Beach on Saturday the 22nd. Tickets go on presale this afternoon for fan club members and Citibank cardholders, and general on sale starts Friday at 10am.
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