"Everybody's got a front row seat tonight," said KISS lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley after recognizing fans on the distant lawn, "and just in case you didn't realize it, you're looking at a band onstage that's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!"
The crowd erupted with cheers, but Stanley barely let the applause sink in before moving on. After all, he was confined by a looming city-imposed curfew, and this was a KISS performance. There was much to be done.
Houston wanted the best, and it got the best. Sunday night, KISS concluded its 40th anniversary tour at a sold-out Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, where new and old fans alike basked in the glory that is "the greatest show on earth."