Kiss ‘Rock the Nation Live!’ (2005) – DVD Review (The Kiss Review Series)

Despite not having any new albums in years, Kiss was touring. In 2000-2001, the band was touring the so called “Farewell Tour” which was supposed to be the end of Touring. Well, in 2003, the band announced The World Domination Tour where the band would be co-headlining with Aerosmith. Ace Frehley believing the Farewell Tour was the final tour, did not want to do this tour if they were the opening act for Aerosmith. Well, Ace was now gone. Because apparently the Farewell Tour was really the Farewell Tour for Kiss playing with Ace. Peter Criss came back in to the fold and did the World Domination Tour.

When that tour ended, Kiss decided to do another tour in 2004 called the Rock The Nation Tour. This time around, Kiss was the main headliner and the opening acts were Poison and Z02. Before the tour started, Peter Criss’ contract with the band had expired. According to Peter, no one contacted him about signing back up with the band for the next tour. Now, Peter was gone, yet again. Kiss was back down to just Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the hired guns of Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar. This is the line-up that would stay in existence for the remainder of the Kisstory. The Rock The Nation Tour, was the start of a new era of Kiss. One where people either still loved the band and didn’t care who was in it or a group that hated Tommy for being in the band and wearing Ace’s make-up. Sorry folks, but so what. Tommy was hired to do a job and Tommy does that job very well. No one seemed to care too much that Eric was in the band and wearing Peter’s make-up and maybe that was because Eric had already been a big part of Kisstory before and he had earned his cat whiskers.

Now the above story is extremely brief and very diluted so forgive me as we are really here to review the next Kiss product in the Kiss Review Series and that is the DVD called ‘Rock The Nation Live!’ which came out on December 13, 2005. This release is a time capsule of the 2004 Rock The Nation World Tour where the band recorded footage from two concerts, performed in Washington, DC, and Virginia Beach, VA, on July 24 and 25, 2004. You can see the setlist in the picture above and it is a pretty solid set list. Having Eric and Tommy in the band who are both massive fans of the band to begin with got Kiss to play some songs that haven’t been done in years such as “Got to Choose, “Lover Her All I Can”, “Parasite”, “Christine Sixteen” and “Makin’ Love”. For me, these were definitely the highlights of the show due to their scarcity in other live shows released. What was also cool is that the setlist was rather varied, with some early 70’s deep cuts to a couple solid 80’s tracks to even “Unholy” and “God Gave Rock & Roll To You II” which is one the have the music to the song playing as you exit shows today…here they actually performed it. I think the band is tight, they are having a really good time on stage and it shows. The performance is really strong and Paul Stanley’s vocals are in top notch form. His vocals aren’t trashed as they are today.

The DVD package comes with 2 DVDs as the show is long at around 19 songs. The DVD also includes several behind the scene moments including footage of the band joking around in the dressing rooms putting on make-up, a photo shoot of the band, the meet & greets with some fans talking about their experience as well, the soundchecks of the shows where the band started horsing around and trying to play some rare, obscure stuff (including songs from The Elder), cuts from the Theatre shows they did and some footage of the band on the road. All these are short little clips are great, but my only problem with them and a big problem is that they are sliced and diced in between songs during the show. I HATE THAT!! It takes away from the flow of the show and takes away from the show experience. These should be bonus pieces that you can watch separately and not interrupt the show. An interesting fact about the documentary footage is that it was produced by Tommy Thayer as he has produced a lot of the Kiss videos over the years.

One cool feature of the DVD will be the inclusion of the new KISS POWERVISION!! What is Kiss Powervision? During the show, there are about 7 songs where you can actually select the camera angle you want. You can watch the song as originally cut for the DVD or you can select to watch that song from your favorite Kiss member, whether it be Gene, Paul, Eric or Tommy. When you select on the member, the camera will stay on that member during the whole concert. I think it is a cool idea, but do you really want the camera to be on one guy the whole song? You will miss the visual spectacle going on all over the stage, but maybe cool to do once or twice.

And there you have it. I do think this is a very good video with the best moments from the two shows recorded. The band sounds fantastic and seems to be strong and tight. Eric’s a great drummer and he is pounding away at those drums and despite your misgivings about Tommy, he is an excellent guitar player and he is playing the Ace parts perfectly. Just listen to “Parasite” and you will see the band killing it. My biggest complaint is the start and stop of the show to watch the behind the scene footage as it completely takes you out of the concert mode and disrupts the flow. Don’t disrupt my flow!!! The Kiss Powervision is a cool trick and I give the band credit for thinking outside the box with that one. Overall, I am going to give it a 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars as I enjoyed this a lot. I could see myself watching this one again.

Next Up: Kiss – Alive! The Millennium Concert (2006)

Check out the rest of the series if you have time!!

The Kiss Review Series:

  1. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
  2. Kiss – Kiss (1974)
  3. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  4. Kiss – Dressed to Kill (1975)
  5. Kiss – Alive! (1975)
  6. Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
  7. Kiss – “Flaming Youth” 45 Promo Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  8. Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
  9. Kiss – The Originals (1976)
  10. Kiss – Rock & Roll Over (1976)
  11. Kiss – Love Gun (1977)
  12. Kiss – Alive II (1977)
  13. Kiss – Double Platinum (1978)
  14. Kiss – Paul Stanley (1978)
  15. Kiss – Gene Simmons (1978)
  16. Kiss – Peter Criss (1978)
  17. Kiss – Ace Frehley (1978)
  18. Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Movie (1978)
  19. Kiss – Dynasty (1979)
  20. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition)
  21. Kiss – Unmasked (1980)
  22. Peter Criss – Out of Control (1980)
  23. Kiss – Music From The Elder (1981)
  24. Kiss – Killers (1982)
  25. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1982)
  26. Kiss – Lick It Up (1983)
  27. Kiss – Animalize (1984)
  28. Wendy O. Williams – WOW (1984) (Bonus Edition)
  29. Kiss – Animalize Live Uncensored (1985)
  30. Kiss – Asylum (1985)
  31. Kiss – “Tears Are Falling” 7″ Single (Bonus Edition) (1985)
  32. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1985 Re-Issue)
  33. Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986)
  34. Black N’ Blue – Nasty Nasty (1986)
  35. Ace Frehley – Frehley’s Comet (1987)
  36. Kiss – Exposed VHS (1987)
  37. Kiss – Crazy Nights (1987)
  38. Kiss – “Crazy Crazy Nights” – 12″ Single (Bonus Edition)
  39. Kiss – “Reason To Live” – 12″ Picture Disc (Bonus Edition)
  40. Kiss – Chikara (1988)
  41. Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
  42. Kiss – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  43. Kiss – “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II” (1991) – 12″ Picture Disc
  44. Kiss – Revenge (1992)
  45. Kiss – Alive III (1993)
  46. Kiss – Konfidential VHS (1993)
  47. Kiss – Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved (1994)
  48. Kiss – MTV Unplugged (1996)
  49. Kiss – You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
  50. Kiss – Greatest Kiss (1997)
  51. Kiss – Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
  52. Kiss – Psycho Circus (1998)
  53. Kiss – The Second Coming Documentary (1998)
  54. Eric Carr – Rockology (1999)
  55. Mark St. John – Mark St. John Project (1999)
  56. Eric Singer Project – ESP (1999)
  57. Bruce Kulick – Audiodog (2001)
  58. Kiss – Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
  59. Gene Simmons – Asshole (2004)
  60. Kiss – Rock the Nation Live! DVD (2005)

The Bootleg Series:

  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)
  10. Kiss – Agora Ballroom 1974: The Cleveland Broadcast plus Bonus Cuts (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE KISS TOUR)
  11. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell: Radio Broadcast 1976 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ROCK & ROLL OVER TOUR)
  12. Kiss – The Tickler (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (LICK IT UP TOUR 1983)
  13. Kiss – Barbarize (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – North American Tour)
  14. Kiss – They Only Come Out At Night (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – EUROPEAN TOUR)
  15. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)

Kiss – The Box Set:

  1. The Box Set (Part 1 of 6)
  2. The Box Set – Disc One 1966-1975 (Part 2 of 6)
  3. The Box Set – Disc Two 1975-1977 (Part 3 of 6)
  4. The Box Set – Disc Three 1976-1982 (Part 4 of 6)
  5. The Box Set – Disc Four 1983-1989 (Part 5 of 6)
  6. The Box Set – Disc Five 1992-1999 (Part 6 of 6)

Gene Simmons – The Vault:

  1. Part 1 – The Grand Opening
  2. Part 2 – Disk 1
  3. Part 3 – Disk 2
  4. Part 4 – Disk 3
  5. Part 5 – Disk 4
  6. Part 6 – Disk 5
  7. Part 7 – Disk 6
  8. Part 8 – Disk 7
  9. Part 9 – Disk 8
  10. Part 10 – Disk 9
  11. Part 11 – Disk 10
  12. Part 12 – The Bonus Disk
  13. Part 13 – The Best Songs of the Vault
  14. Part 14 – The Worst Songs of the Vault
  15. Part 15 – The Final Verdict

39 thoughts on “Kiss ‘Rock the Nation Live!’ (2005) – DVD Review (The Kiss Review Series)

  1. So the Farewell Tour was really the Farewell Tour for Kiss playing with Ace.


    I’m with ya on the flow of concerts being just the concert. I hate little backstage and interviews spliced between the songs.

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  2. One where people either still loved the band and didn’t care who was in it or a group that hated Tommy for being in the band and wearing Ace’s make-up. Sorry folks, but so what?”

    Tommy was in Black ‘n Blue, that’s what.

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  3. Cool set list but I agree with you and Pete why insert photo shoots during the video? Totally ruins the flow of watching the show. I have never owned this so one day I may pull this one up on YouTube and watch it.
    Great writeup.

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  4. “Paul Stanley’s vocals are in top notch form”

    I disagree, this is the first release where I noticed the rasp. This is where I first noticed his decline. I would say it’s the first release where his vocals were not top notch. I had hoped they would improve, but….

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  5. The single member cam would probably get a bit dull after a song – like you say, it’s all about the whole show, isn’t it? Maybe good to see what they see for a couple of minutes, but can’t imagine I’d be interested in that for 7 songs. Also strange that they intercut the behind the scenes stuff… that’s usually reserved for the bonus stuff… I can understand why that might be a bit distracting.

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  6. I’m not even a massive Kiss fan, but I’m one of those people that thinks Eric and Tommy should get their own makeup. Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent got their own makeup, so why not Eric Singer and Tommy? Screw the brand, give Eric and Tommy their own identities, especially since I think Eric Singer is cool because he’s really funny.

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