The sheer excitement got to me...sorry!.
*Kiss - Magnificent in every sense, and a real nostalgia trip for longtime fans with songs such as Got To Choose, Nothin' To Lose and Parasite being resurrected for the occasion. Awesome moment when rhythm guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley soared across the crowd on a wire to sing from a platform in the middle of the arena. The non-original members - drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer - were just great; you could barely see the join. (And we don't mean the wigs!) Indeed much of the crowd seemed unaware of Kiss's heritage. Punters asked Classic Rock: "Is that Paul Stanley or someone else? So that's not Peter Criss on drums, then?" We were glad to set the record straight. Complaints? Well, we could have done with a deal more conflagration on the fireworks side (we demand wanton destruction, not pretty bursts of glitter), Stanley isn't QUITE as commanding as he used to be, and the final message on the big screens - 'Kiss thanks you Donnington' - had a spelling mistake in it, Donington only having one 'n', of course. Minor quibbles, we think you'll agree!