Last weekend I attended a showing of "One Live KISS" in Chicago at the CIMM Festival. Paul Stanley is still one of the strongest vocalists and greatest Rock & Roll performers of any era, and according to what I witnessed while watching this brilliant concert film, he shows no sign of age, or slowing down! Director Louis Antonelli did a 'rock star' of a job at capturing an incredible live performance that should be remembered throughout the ages. This film is not just for Paul Stanley and KISS fans, but should be seen by everyone who appreciates timeless music, or doubts the unique talent Paul has as a true artist and groundbreaker! "One Live Kiss" should be a model for other filmmakers to witness, in order to experience a truly visionary way to transfer an artist's live performance onto celluloid. It was also enlightening to hear Louis Antonelli's Q&A after the show as he explained that the movie is more than a piece of professional work by a filmmaker in collaboration with a musician to create a new product, but also at it's heart is a fan's tribute to a beloved member of KISS who had a lasting influence on Antonelli as a kid, circa 1974 while growing up on tough urban streets quite the same as Stanley had some years before in NYC. There is real passion and conviction on display in every moment of "One Live Kiss" and it should not be missed!
I have never had the chance to see Paul in a live performance myself, but I feel that now because of seeing this film that I had a first row seat at a Rock and Roll extravaganza! My neck hurts from moving it to the rocking' rhythm and sheer musical prowess of Mr. Stanley and his terrific band all through my experience of seeing "One Live Kiss" - but its the kind of ache that HURTS SO GOOD!
Freddy Atkins, life long Kiss fan! Chicago, IL.