Kiss' Paul Stanley keeping cool at the fair/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness


When Kiss played the State Fair in 2010, it was bundle-up weather. The temp felt in the 50s. On Wednesday, the band’s return engagement found the temps in the 90s at the sold-out grandstand.

Kiss combated the situation by tearing out the first row of chairs and extending the stage to accommodate its system of air conditioning that blows on Gene, Paul and Tommy. Wonder why they stand so close to the edge of the stage so often?

Motley Crue’s idea of keeping the fans cool was to use high-powered spray guns to douse them with water. Thank you, very much. I hadn’t gotten that wet at a concert since Prince’s Purple Rain Tour when he intentionally nailed me with his guitar with its built-in squirt gun. But that was indoors in December; the Crue’s shower at the fair was more refreshing than the quartet’s performance, as explained in my review.

Here are the set lists for the Crue and Kiss, each of which played about 85 minutes.

Kiss set list:
Detroit Rock City/ Shout It Out Loud/ I Love It Loud/ Firehouse/ Hell or Hallelujah (new) /War Machine/ Shock Me (Tommy Thayer sings lead)/ God of Thunder/ Love Gun/ Lick It Up/ Black Diamond ENCORE Do You Love Me/ Rock and Roll All Nite

Motley Crue set list:
Saints of Los Angeles/ Wildside/ Shout at the Devil/ Same Ol’ Situation/ Sex (new song)/ Don’t Go Away Mad/ Home Sweet Home/ drum solo/ Live Wire/ Primal Scream/ Dr. Feelgood/ Girls, Girls, Girls/ Kickstart My Heart