Neil Young once asked whether it was better to burn out or to fade away, his question focusing on whether or not it was better for someone with great talent to go away in one fell swoop or to slowly fade into the sunset. KISS has seemingly been one of the few bands to have managed to still stay relevant over the years, spanning well over three decades with fans in generations who never saw them at their initial peak in the 1970s. And for the ultimate KISS fan, the Kissology DVD sets have been a godsend, releasing lots of hours of materials in top notch audio formats. Whereas Volume 2 covered the band’s peak period, Kissology Volume 3 covers the band in their resurgence into relevance in the 1990s beginning with 1992’s “Revenge” album and tour of the same name and ending in 2000.
This new set features lots of hard to find and rare material, but the set’s signature piece is the uncut version of KISS’s Unplugged performance, including a country/western version of “God of Thunder” and an audience participation version of “Heaven’s on fire” to go with the rest of the set that gave the band the sort of boost it had been needing for years. MTV’s Behind the Scenes feature on the event is included in its entirety as well.
Also included are a concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit in 1992, a show at Tiger Stadium and Dodger Stadium in the late 1990s, their performance at the MTV VMA’s in 1996 on the Brooklyn Bridge, playing at the Detroit Rock City premiere as well as their “last” concert at Continental Airlines in June 2000. Also included is a rare concert at the Coventry in Queens, NY, in 1973.
If you’re a KISS fan, this is a must own set to complete the series that started with Kissology: Volume One. Combined the series is a rare look at one of the most influential and popular American bands of the last 50 years.
A/V QUALITY CONTROL
Presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 format with a variety of widescreen and full screen presentations throughout, the audio/visual segment of this release has been cleaned up a bit for DVD presentation. The concert audio isn’t as good as the MTV shows, obviously, but it’s mainly the vocals that suffer somewhat. It’s still a full sound that uses the entire system for an enjoyable experience.