Since 2011, I've had the luxury of seeing the Kills perform three times at the Granada Theater in Dallas, TX. To be honest, I haven't seen the Kills any place else. It must be a match made in rock and roll heaven. The ambiance of the Granada Theater is hard to beat. A movie house built in 1946, now a converted 1,000 capacity all-purpose venue, the structure itself is quite unique with its art deco design and nationally-recognized marquee. So, to have a band such as the Kills, who are wholly unique in their own way, select to play this particular venue each time they pass through Dallas, makes for a special experience.
While the first two shows (2011 and 2012) were heavy with cuts from 2011's Blood Pressures, the 2016 version was the polar opposite, only featuring one song from Blood Pressures and seven from their latest effort, Ash & Ice. While I am partial to the one-two punch of opening with "No Wow" and "Future Starts Slow", Ash & Ice's funky "Heart of a Dog" definitely sets the tone for the show. While Blood Pressures was mostly absent from the show, their 2008 album Midnight Boom was well represented with five songs performed, including "Sour Cherry" and "U.R.A. Fever". The Kills have a knack for bringing a sensual vibe to their shows, a vibe deeply imbedded in their blues-inspired rock and in the movements of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart. Mosshart is an animal onstage, easily one of the top front women in the game today. Together they showcase some of their best work on the song "Pots and Pans", which segued into "Monkey 23" during this performance. Loud, brash, sexy, and fierce. If you haven't had the chance to experience the Kills live, do yourself a favor and seek them out. They do not disappoint. Photos of the show are below:
The Kills @ Granada Theater, Dallas, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:30:00 PM Rating: