Kiss – ‘Kiss of Thunder’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review

The next in the Bootleg series is a show from the Rising Sun Tour in 2006. This show took place on July 23rd, 2006 at the Fuji Speedway in Japan.  It was a short tour, but it was awesome.  In 2006, the members would have been Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.  This is important for a later discussion.

Including solos and introductions, the setlist is 23 songs and a pretty long show.  There were some songs on here I love that aren’t played every tour so I was excited to get those.  But we will discuss those later.

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First, we have to discuss the packaging as we normally do.  This set is on CD as I have no more vinyl to discuss.  The Cover of this thing is awesome.  It is so scary looking and has absolutely nothing to do with the band. At least the album name is good with “Kiss of Thunder”.

Now when you open the CD jewel case, on the left is the picture below.  Can you tell me what is wrong with this picture?  If you can’t, you aren’t a Kiss fan so please leave!  I’m kidding you can stay.

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Now that is some shitty photoshopping along with some other major, major problems.  First, let’s start with picture of Eric Carr on the upper right.  This album is from 2006 and Mr. Carr has been gone since 1991.  He isn’t on this album.  Second and absolutely the most glaring issue is the man on the upper left.  Who the FUCK is that guy????  He has Gene’s hair and Paul’s mask…mask, not makeup as you can see right around the mouth is open.  Talk about a rush job of grabbing whatever they saw on the internet and piecing it together.  What shit!

We get at least one nice picture with the set.  I’m not sure it is that show, but it is okay.

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Let’s look at the CD’s themselves.  They are a pretty picture disc, but can you see the problem with them?  I think its Ace and Peter…yeah no longer in the band.

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And this picture shows the Psycho Circus artwork again with Ace and Peter…still not in the band.  Honestly, it is okay. It makes for a fun little set with all the disasters included.

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What about the sound.  Actually, it is fantastic. It is a soundboard recording and you hear everything perfectly.  It is one of the better sounding releases I have.  The setlist is fantastic, the sound quality top-notch so there is nothing at all wrong with this release as far as enjoyment. You can’t go wrong with this show.  On to the music…

CD 1:

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With 23 tracks, I am not going through them all.  I will stick to the really cool ones for me.  And of course that would be “Makin Love” which was a favorite of mine from Alive II (I know it is from Rock & Roll Over, but I fell in love with it from Alive II).  They play their asses off with this one. And then to go in to “Watchin’ You” and “King of the Night Time World” was a great set of tracks that aren’t always played.

If that wasn’t enough they play “Got To Choose” which sounded fantastic and like it was the boys from back in the day.  The biggest treat is the “Sukiyaki Song” sung by Paul.  It is a Japanese song that the fans sang along to and Paul sang it all in Japanese. How many shows will have that on it.  It is short, but sweet.

CD 2:

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This CD is a lot of the normally songs that get played at every Kiss show with some minor exceptions.  The disc kicks off with Gene’s solo which is as menacing as always and then “God of Thunder” which is all standard and sounds fantastic.  The biggest treat for me here is “Do You Love Me?”  I don’t know why, but I love this song and always have.  Paul sounds great and the crowd is really in to it and they sing parts of it with him.   I actually wish that would have been on the final tour setlist.

The next treat for me was “God Gave Rock & Roll To You” during the encore.  They played this on tape after the End of the Road Tour as we walked out and my daughter said that they should have played this one live and I agree.  I’m glad they did for this one.

I am sorry I haven’t gone in to every song and I hope you can forgive me.  This is my 9th Bootleg release and a lot of the same songs so I want to stick with the cool and different stuff.  I can only say so much about hearing “Rock and Roll All Nite” on every one of these releases. I am sure you understand.

Now to the score.  This one is easily another 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars.  I am dinging a little for the packaging, but I admit it is fun for all those screwups.  The soundboard mix of this is incredible and everyone sounds great.  This is easily enjoyable from beginning to end.  And let’s not forget that Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are killing it in their roles and play the songs as you want to hear them, with maybe a little of their own flair thrown in.  This is definitely worth grabbing if you can find it.

Check out the rest of the series if you have time!!  Thanks for stopping by!!

  1. Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR)
  2. Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR)
  3. Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DESTROYER TOUR)
  4. Kiss – Return to Capital Center (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DYNASTY TOUR)
  5. Kiss – With Fire & Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (HOTTER THAN HELL TOUR)
  6. Kiss – Northhampton PA March 19th, 1975 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DRESSED TO KILL TOUR)
  7. Kiss – The Hottest Show On Earth (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2010)
  8. Kiss – All the Way to the Ball Room (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (Australian Tour 1995)
  9. Kiss – Kiss of Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (The Rising Sun Tour 2006)

8 thoughts on “Kiss – ‘Kiss of Thunder’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review

  1. HAHA.
    That cut and paste pic is frickin funny! That should have been the cover, John! It’s inside that matters and that’s awesome that it delivers sonically!
    Holy cow that pic of Stanley or whoever it is funny haha. Carr c’mon like figure it out but its a bootleg so there ya be!
    For you to cuss in a post is perhaps the biggest shock a roo!
    Great job Sir!

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