KISS Concert 20

Words and photos by George Weinstein. (Melissa Etheridge photo by Amy Weinstein).

This was the "Big One", the 20th Kiss Concert. And there was something for everyone. It ran something like this: in the beginning there was plenty for the kids: N'Sync, Jordan Knight, B'witched - the Irish teen-girl band, and the now hugely popular, Britney Spears.

As the day progressed the music became more mature, but still youthful enough; for example, Sixpence None the Richer performed their lilting, romantic "Kiss Me".

Somewhere in the middle of the afternoon Sir Elton John appeared to deliver a big check for the Genesis Fund. He was not supposed to perform, but he was coaxed into doing one of his famous songs, "Crocodile Rock".

Around 5 p.m. the crowd got a lovely bridge from young to not so young with the appearance of Natalie Merchant. Although her appeal is to the twenty-somethings and older, during one number she brought up on stage something of a conga line of kids to dance with her.

From then on there were all-ages crowd pleasers on the big stage at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield.

Melissa Etheridge rocked, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith teamed up with Run DMC in a rock/hip hop version of "Walk This Way". Rod Stewart was a wild man, tossing the mike stand way up there, catching it, and then using it like a baton. And the night ended with Boston home-girl, Donna Summer, singing some new numbers, and of course, "Last Dance".

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Words and photos by George Weinstein. (Melissa Etheridge photo by Amy Weinstein).

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