Live Review: KISS [Utility Arena, Newcastle] June 6, 2023

By James Baxter
By June 8, 2023 Live, Reviews

The Wild Things (pictured) is a band that knows how to put on a show. Their performance is electrifying, and they leave the audience wanting more. The band’s energy is mesmerising. One of the highlights of their set is when the guitarist and lead vocalist Sydney Rae White smashes her guitar into the amplifier, although clearly pre-meditated it was a dramatic moment that adds to the excitement of the performance. Overall, The Wild Things is a band that knows how to entertain. Their performance is full of energy, and they leave a lasting impression.

Next up on the bill we have Skindred. Benji Webbe is an incredibly charismatic frontman who knows how to play to his crowd. Nearly every song they perform has the crowd jumping about. The highlight of their set is  “Warning”, as the band starts playing this legendary number, a few people in the audience knows exactly what to do with the “Newport Helicopter”. By the chorus, there is a whole sea of KISS fans doing the… “Helicopter” in unison.  The energy in the room is awesome and showed the band’s love for a good show, and ability to connect with the audience of a mostly older generation of rockers.

Onto the final act of the evening Kiss. The iconic rock band brings their phenomenal energy and showmanship to the room, as they do every night leaving the crowd awestruck and hungry for more. Their performance here is a testament to their enduring talent.

It was also lovely to see people in full KISS attire. I don’t know another band where people dress up to go to a show. Is there anything more iconic than that famous black-and-white attire and full makeup? Tonight, there is a young lad dressed in full Kiss attire who was bashing away at a handrail in front of us for the full first hour of the set with his merch drumsticks… which when he bought them were black by the end of the show, they were the natural wood colour! He clearly enjoyed the show that much. It is great to see, although this is the ‘End of The Road’, it will not be the end of the road for Kiss’s legacy in people’s hearts.

Overall, Kiss put on an incredible show. The band will be missed, but their music will live on forever.

Set lists 

The Wild Things 

Loaded Gun.

Only Attraction.

You’re Really Something.


Heaven knows.

Drunk Again.


Set Fazers.

Rat Race.

That’s My Jam.

L.O.V.E. (Smile Please)

Kill the Power.


Gimme That Boom.



Detroit Rock City.

Shout It Out Loud.


War Machine.

Heaven’s on Fire.

I Love It Loud.

Say Yeah.

Cold Gin.

Lick It Up (Won’t Get Fooled Again By The Who as an outro snippet).

Makin’ Love.

Calling Dr. Love.

Psycho Circus.

Drum Solo.

100,000 Years (outro only, with drum solo).

God of Thunder.

Love Gun.

I Was Made for Lovin’ You.

Black Diamond.


Beth(Eric Singer on piano)

Do You Love Me

Rock and Roll All Nite