Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Eric Singer graced the 2021 Tribeca Festival screening of Biography: KISStory in N.Y.C. | (via USA Today) The legendary band KISS turned up the heat at Battery Park in New York. Literally. The legendary rockers premiered their new documentary, “Biography: KISStory,” at an outdoor screening in New York’s Financial District on Friday night. The Tribeca Festival, however, went one step farther, concluding the evening with a full-fledged Kiss mini-concert, complete with fireworks, flamethrowers, laser lights, and other special effects.
An uncovered, socially undistracted audience of hundreds flocked to a stage in the park after the hour-and-a-half-long movie, flanked on both sides by the renowned “Kiss” insignia in light-up gold letters. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons hit the stage with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, dressed in full makeup and their distinctive skintight costumes, for a rollicking, spectacular concert.
Before moving on to “Shout It Out Loud,” “War Machine,” and “Heaven’s on Fire,” Kiss began with a tongue-wagging, pyrotechnic-heavy version of their 1976 classic “Detroit Rock City.”
The audience, who had been starved of live music, didn’t seem to mind, ecstatically singing along to the band’s famous “Rock and Roll All Nite” during the show’s explosive finale.
Guests dined on crab cakes, quesadillas, and flan during an unmasked alfresco cocktail reception at The View at the Battery. Despite the bleak weather forecasts, the rain miraculously held off, ensuring a safe and dry evening.
“Biography: KISStory” is a two-night, three-hour docuseries that will premiere on A&E on June 27 and 28 (9 EDT/PDT). Kiss’ rise from bold rock outsiders to global superstars was tracked in the first section, which premiered at Tribeca. The documentary delves into the amusing and often heartbreaking origins of the band’s costumes hit songs, and dramatic live presentations, as well as the tensions that led to the departure of founding members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley in the early 1980s. (In “Kisstory,” neither Criss nor Frehley appears.)
The Tribeca Film Festival continues through Sunday in New York, with virtual and in-person screenings.