Gene Simmons pays tribute to Chuck Berry, breaks out deep cuts at solo gig in Cleveland

Last night (3-18-17) KISS bassist Gene Simmons played the first of five scheduled 2017 solo gigs at Cleveland’s Agora Ballroom. The five shows are a part of the Wizard World Comic Cons to be held in Cleveland (3-18), St. Louis (April 8-9), Philadelphia (June 2-3), Chicago (August 26-27) and Austin (November 17-18).

Simmons and his band played a loose 17 song set of KISS standards, and deep cuts including the rarely if ever performed “Almost Human”, “Got Love For Sale” (Love Gun – 1977) and “Charisma” (Dynasty -1979) as well as a pair from his 1978 self titled solo release.
Prior to launching into an impromptu version “Johnny B Goode” in honor of Rock N Roll icon Chuck Berry, who had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 90, Simmons noted “It’s a very sad day today,” “One of the founding fathers of rock and roll has passed on. If it wasn’t for Chuck Berry, there wouldn’t have been rock and roll.”

Backing the tongue wagging bassist for these shows are drummer Jarred Pope (Thee Rock n’ Roll Residency), guitarist/bassist Jeremy Asbrock (The Shazam, John Corabi, Thee Rock n’ Roll Residency),guitarist Phil Shouse (Rodney Atkins, John Corabi, Thee Rock n’ Roll Residency),  and guitarist Ryan (Hair Of The Dog, Thee Rock n’ Roll Residency).

Gene Simmons at The Agora Theater and Ballroom – Cleveland OH 3-18-17 – Setlist
“Radioactive”
“Deuce”
“Nothin’ to Lose”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Almost Human”
“Cold Gin”
“I Love it Loud”
“Got Love for Sale”
“Parasite”
“Plaster Caster”
“Charisma”
“See You Tonite”
“Christine Sixteen”
“Johnny B. Goode”
“War Machine”
“Let Me Go, Rock and Roll”
“Rock and Roll All Nite”

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