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Movie · 2003

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Disc 1. The Kiss Symphony Story

1. Overture
2. The Calm Before The Storm
3. Kiss Lands In Melbourne
4. Rehearsals I - Kiss Meets The Mso
5. Australia's Largest Stadium Set-Up
6. Rehearsals Ii - Getting In The Groove
7. National Tv Interview
8. Kiss Fans Get Ready
9. Production Rehearsal
10. The Mso Gets Into Makeup

Disc 2

1. Deuce (4:14)
2. Strutter (3:22)
3. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll (6:09)
4. Lick It Up (5:12)
5. Calling Dr. Love (3:30)
6. Psycho Circus (5:12)
7. Beth (3:40)
8. Forever (3:50)
9. Goin' Blind (3:38)
10. Sure Know Something (4:20)
11. Shandi (3:39)
12. Detroit Rock City (4:49)
13. King Of The Night Time World (3:30)
14. Do You Love Me (4:10)
15. Shout It Out Loud (4:09)
16. God Of Thunder (4:26)
17. Love Gun (4:25)
18. Black Diamond (7:11)
19. Great Expectations (4:19)
20. I Was Made For Lovin' You (4:59)
21. Rock And Roll All Nite (7:21)


- Paul Stanley / rhythm guitar, lead vocals; acoustic guitar
- Gene Simmons / bass, lead vocals; acoustic bass
- Tommy Thayer / lead guitar, backing vocals; acoustic guitar
- Peter Criss / drums, vocals

- The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Disc 2: 12-21)
- The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble (Disc 2: 7-11)
- The Australian Children's Choir (Great Expectations)

About this release

September 10, 2003

Recorded at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on February 28, 2003. Bonus content:

Kiss interview and performance of "Sure Know Something" with The Melbourne Symphony Ensemble on the Australian TV show Rove Live!

Thanks to Pekka, Lynx33 for the updates


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Kiss’s Symphony: Alive IV DVD was recorded back in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, with David Campbell conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The band consists of stalwart members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanely as well as origional drummer Peter Criss and ‘new’ guitarist Tommy Thayer in place of Ace Frehly, all back in make up and costumes.

The concert is split into three sections, one with just the band playing up tempo rock songs, one with the band and a string section playing ballads and another with the band as well as the complete symphony orchestra playing hits and rock songs. There are all sorts of explosions, pyro, band members flying on wires, fake blood, special lighting and big screens making the whole thing as interesting to watch as you’d expect from Kiss and this is in addition to the whole orchestra made-up in Kiss style make up.

As a concert; this is a great success, vastly entertaining, visually stunning, well performed and great sounding. The DVD is let down largely however by a crazy and over enthusiastic editing job that flits hyper-actively around, concentrating on all the right things and rarely settling long enough for you to get into anything. I can understand how the makers wanted to convey the excitement and scale of this special concert, and wanted to keep your attention but in my opinion things have been taken too far. After all, as a home viewer most people will want to watch the band play live, not the audience members dancing or jiggling their chests.

If you can get over this larger problem as well as any personal problems you may have with track listing or general cheesiness (people have complained on various levels including Paul Stanley’s dialogue, the more syrupy songs like ‘Shandi,’ or with the orchestra being painted up etc) then you will find a fantastic DVD that is a lot of fun to watch.

In addition to the concert, there is a fairly substantial, but not astounding, making-of documentary covering the origins, practices and build up to the concert.

Newcomers or people who actively dislike mixtures of rock and orchestras may be better suited checking out the fantastic Rock The Nation or Kissology Vol. 1 DVDs; however overall, Kiss Symphony: Alive IV is a very good product, hampered by odd editing choices, but ultimately worth the time and money of most Kiss fans.

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