Kiss Kruise XI Unearths Two Rarely Played Tunes

Detroit Rock City took to the Mexican Riviera recently for a week and half for the 11th Kiss Kruise.

Fans of Kiss, Dokken, Warrant, LA Guns, Lita Ford, Green Jelly, and former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick and others boarded the Norwegian Jewel in late October and set sail from LA to Ensenada and Cabo.

Starting at around $1k, fans were treated to five nights of that sweet, sweet hair metal and classic rock. Besides hours and hours of live music, there was karaoke, autograph sessions, face painting, yoga, trivia, story time, a drum-off, and even a Newlywed game starring Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Tweed.

A highlight of the Halloween show was Kiss dusted off a tune that would have been in most band's repertoire, "I Want You" from 1976's Rock and Roll Over. The band, who are no strangers to live performances, hadn't played the song for nearly 18 years. It must have sounded good on the Jewel because they had it back in the set the very next day.

Kiss Kruise XI was actually two back-to-back voyages. The day after the first journey finished, the ship was cleaned, restocked, and new passengers boarded. Fans who spent all 10 days on the cruise were deemed Two Timers and received special merch including an autographed item signed by Kiss.

The song "Two Timers," from their 1975 album Dressed To Kill, was a nugget the band rarely performs. They first played it at the Utah State Fair 20 years after it was released. They've only delivered it to audiences 13 times before their show on 10/24 (for scale, they've banged out "Rock and Roll All Nite" over 2,100 times).

Until the other night on that boat, Kiss hadn't performed "Two Timers" since 2014. Could this cruise have been the last time fans would have heard it live?

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Needless to say many of the supporting acts loved the adventure, most notably Zakk Wilde of Black Label Society and many stints with Ozzy who peppered Twitter with a number of sailing and ocean-related dad jokes. 

Kiss's End of the Road Tour continues in Tokyo at the end of this month and then rocks Mexico City in December.

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Last updated: 22 Jun 2024, 08:52 Etc/UTC