Concert Photography: Helge Øverås


  • Date: 13.10.1980
  • Venue: Drammenshallen, Norway
  • Photo: © Helge Øverås. Must not be used without permission.

Rooted in the campy theatrics of Alice Cooper and the sleazy hard rock of glam rockers the New York Dolls, Kiss became a favorite of American teenagers in the '70s. Most kids were infatuated with the look of Kiss, not their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, the band fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of kids. But Kiss' music shouldn't be dismissed – it was a commercially potent mix of anthemic, fist-pounding hard rock driven by sleek hooks and ballads powered by loud guitars, cloying melodies, and sweeping strings. It was a sound that laid the groundwork for both arena rock and the pop-metal that dominated rock in the late '80s. Source: All Music Guide

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Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons from Kiss, Drammenshallen, Norway, 13.10.1980. Photo: Helge Øverås