Review by John Jeffrey, Photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Darien, NY - Ending the 2012 concert season at the Darien Lake PAC was the show which paired rock legends KISS and Motley Crue, with the bill being aptly named, "The Tour." It's been almost 30 years since the bands have toured together, as Motley Crue opened up for KISS on a string of dates during the "Creatures of the Night" tour, before they were unceremoniously booted off the tour for some lewd behavior involving a couple members of the Crue, and then KISS drummer, Eric Carr's girlfriend. Both bands were in very different places in their careers than they are today. In 1983, KISS were at the end of their first phase in makeup, and trying to figure out how to reinvent themselves, as their popularity was severely waning at that point. Motley Crue were just at the beginning of their rise to fame, as they were about to begin the "Shout At the Devil" era. Three decades later, KISS is in their second phase of having their makeup on, while Motley has long since taken theirs off, and both bands are still enjoying having huge successful careers, and are as popular as ever in 2012.
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