KISS brings their End of the Road tour to Dickies Arena in Fort Worth
All photos by James Villa Photography
Friday night in Fort Worth we witnessed a spectacular display of rock ‘n’ roll history as the legendary band KISS took the stage at Dickies Arena. The iconic rockers delivered a high-octane performance that left the audience bathed in nostalgia and awe.
From the moment the curtain dropped and the band hovered down to the stage on their platforms and the pyrotechnics ignited, KISS commanded the attention of the crowd. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, along with bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, and drummer Eric Singer, showcased their enduring showmanship and musicianship throughout the night.
Opening with their classic anthem “Detroit Rock City,” KISS set the tone for an unforgettable evening. The energy in the arena was palpable as the band ripped through the hits that defined their illustrious career. Songs like “Heaven’s on Fire,” “I Love it Loud,” and “Makin’ Love” a song they hadn’t played live in quite some time, elicited roars of approval from the crowd, who sang along with every lyric.
Visually, KISS delivered a feast for the eyes. Their elaborate costumes, trademark makeup, and massive stage setups created a visual spectacle that complemented the larger-than-life nature of their music. The band members showcased their individual personas, with Simmons’s iconic blood-spitting and fire-breathing stunts making an appearance.
One of the standout moments of the night came during Stanley’s heartfelt address to the audience, expressing gratitude for the band’s passionate fanbase. His speech underscored the bond between KISS and their dedicated followers—a bond that has endured for nearly five decades.
The technical aspects of the show were flawless. The sound quality resonated throughout the arena, with every riff and drumbeat permeating the air. The seamless coordination between the band and the lighting crew enhanced the experience, captivating the audience from start to finish.
As the evening came to a close, KISS concluded their performance with an explosive rendition of “Rock and Roll All Nite.” The crowd erupted in an outpouring of applause, knowing that they had witnessed something truly special.
KISS, with their showmanship, timeless anthems, and larger-than-life stage presence, proved once again why they are revered as one of the most influential bands in rock history. Their performance at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX on October 27, 2023, was an electrifying journey through their illustrious catalog, leaving no doubt that despite the passage of time, KISS remains the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience.
With their final tour, the End of the Road World Tour, KISS made it clear that their musical legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, ensuring their place in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll for eternity.
Detroit Rock City
Shout It Out Loud
Heaven’s on Fire
I Love It Loud (Gene breathes fire)
Guitar Solo (Tommy Thayer)
Lick It Up
Calling Dr. Love
Psycho Circus (partial)
100,000 Years (partial)
Bass Solo (Gene spits blood and flies)
God of Thunder
Love Gun (Paul on B-Stage)
I Was Made for Lovin’ You (Paul on B-Stage)
Beth (Eric on piano)
Do You Love Me
Rock and Roll All Nite