Kiss Concert 2000
Text by Larry Dunne
photos by George Weinstein
Saturday, June 3rd, was KISS 108's 21st KISS Concert. They lucked out and had great weather for the event, which went well with their fantastic line up. The radio station has hosted this event annually for 21 years and raises proceeds from the concert for the Genesis Fund. The Genesis Fund (http://www.thegenesisfund.org) was founded in 1982 to raise money to assist families that have children born with birth defects, mental retardation, and genetic diseases. Since 1986 KISS has helped raise $600,000 for the Genesis Fund. This year they raised $140,000 for the fund with over 20 thousand listeners in attendance at the concert.
The concert is always sold out months in advance. This year tickets were sold out back in January. The concert always has a huge line up of today's top music acts. This year there were over 20 acts including the GooGoo Dolls, Savage Garden, Macy Gray, Sonique, Vitamin C, Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, and many others. This was also the first year that KISS simulcasted the event on the web to viewers at home. The web broadcast included the show on stage along with video and sound from the back stage press conference area. Web viewers also had the opportunity to ask the performers questions.
The show opened with a new group, Innocence, a group composed of five young girls who are going to give boy bands a run for their money. Hanson was one of the earlier acts on stage when asked about being the butt of many jokes, they said that they just roll with it and don't let it bother them. Jessica Simpson was joined on stage by Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees during her set to perform their duet, "Where You Are". The crowd loved it.
There were a lot of acts from overseas at the show, BBMak, Amber, Eiffel 65, Ireland's Westlife, and Sinead O'Connor. Each of the performers did a 20 minute or so set. GooGoo Dolls put on a great show playing their recent release, "Broadway" as well as prior hits like "Iris" and "Slide". Sugar Ray displayed a lot of energy during their set and they're always a good band to catch but it was Jon Bon Jovi who showed everybody up and put on the best show. They played old favorites like "Living on a Prayer" and "It's My Life" from their album to be released later this month. Christina Aguilera closed the show after the radio station's morning crew had performed a parody of NSYNC's "Bye, Bye, Bye" and Britany Spears, "Hit Me Baby, One More Time". Matt Seigel, floated down on a harness for "Bye, Bye, Bye" then Billy Costa popped out of a box dressed in drag as Britany and lip-synced "Hit Me Baby ".
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