an acoustic tour with the maine

why the speak now world tour is literally the best concert tour to ever exist:

  • i don’t think you should wait, i think you should speak now
  • the extra long intro of sparks fly that just builds up the tension and excitment for when taylor appears
  • the gold sparkly dress
  • the way sparks fly slows down and you can hear the piano play
  • the red electric guitar
  • when taylor takes a pause during mine to make her infamous hand hearts
  • the way taylor shouts “GO!” before the story us starts playing
  • the agency and every single way they are involved in this tour
  • the extended “now now noooooooooowwwww” in the story of us
  • that dancer performing and cheering on the crowd before taylor jumps out
  • the way taylor and the dancers just pop out of the stage during performances
  • taylors cute side braid
  • the banjo/fiddle intro before our song
  • the porch with the front steps
  • those random fake animals
  • the pure country jams with our song and mean
  • the cute little white dress she wears when performing our song and mean
  • the violin intro before back to december
  • back to december being played on piano!!!!
  • the white piano
  • the mashup of back to december/apologise/you’re not sorry aka the best mashup to ever exist ever
  • he said it’s too late to apologise it’s too laaaaaattttee THIS IS ME SWALLOWING MY PRIDE STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU it’s too late to apologise SAYING IM SORRY FOR THAT NIIIIIIGHT it’s to laaaattteee he said you’re not sorry nooo no nooooooo
  • the beautiful blue gown that taylor wears
  • the fact that she’s wearing the better than revenge dress underneath
  • that red sparkly dress
  • how after taylor sings “let’s hear the applause” caitlin and liz sing “show me how much better you are”
  • the guitar solos playing after better than revenge
  • the fact that taylor performed speak now right after better than revenge, like what a master of story telling
  • the wedding march playing before speak now is performed
  • the fact that there was an actual wedding on stage
  • but you are not the kind of boy who should be marrying the wrong girl *CLAP CLAP*
  • taylor fricken swift literally ruining a wedding
  • that beautiful purple dress
  • taylor giving the gloves she wore to some lucky fan in the audience
  • taylor walking through the crowd while an extended version on speak now is playing
  • finally finishing speak now when she arrives at the b stage
  • the b stage being a fricken tree
  • the many amazing covers taylor performed eg nashville, drops of jupiter, bette davis eyes, sweet escape etc.
  • the cute little ukulele she plays
  • the upbeat ukulele version of fearless featuring hey soul sister and im yours
  • the acoustic version of ours
  • the koi fish guitar
  • taylor playing last kiss on the koi fish guitar with the harp being played on the main stage
  • taylor playing the beginning of you belong with me and then making her way through the crowds to get back to the main stage
  • the way she orchestrates the crowd to sing the chorus of you belong with me
  • taylor sitting on the stairs singing dear john
  • the beautiful piano/violin intro with the ballet dancers before enchanted starts
  • the fairytale style dress taylor wears while performing enchanted
  • the whole fairytale theme for enchanted
  • the extended ‘please don’t be in love with someone else etc’
  • when the extended intro to haunted starts playing and taylor acts scared and runs off the stage to change outfits
  • the haunted bells
  • the tattered black/red dress
  • the haunted into + the bells = perfection
  • taylor disappearing under the bells and then returning from underneath the bells like a minute later wearing the black and silver dress and with the sparkly guitar
  • this song is so completely 100% for you
  • the way the crowd screams when she sings “the crowds in stands went wild”
  • the way liz sings “this is absurd”
  • we have absolutely loved spending time in your town and you’ve been so amazing to us. I mean, you guys know every single word and you’ve danced this entire night and it means the world to me and every single person you see on stage. thank you.
  • taylor sitting on the couch with the agency performing fifteen
  • the pretty pink princess dress taylor wears
  • how on the screen there are photos of the agency from when they were fifteen and them at the present
  • how the last photo shown during fifteen is taylor at fifteen
  • how in some shows taylor performed safe and sound
  • that show when taylor performed eyes open before it was officially released
  • taylor of course performing love story
  • flying around the stadium/arena in the balcony
  • all the special guests she brought out during the tour
  • the arm lyrics
  • when she wore the 13 on her hand
  • the way the stage was inspired by central park
  • the fact that this tour so completely portrays the magic that taylor manages to capture in the album that she wrote and produced all by herself when she was 19 years old
Youtuber AU Masterlist

The Bells And The Beats -  nuclearchinchilla

Summary:  In which Leo and Guang-Hong become famous YouTubers, Yuuri and Viktor get married, and large nets are somewhat involved in all this.

Birds of A Feather -  nocturnal_wanderlust

Summary:  Katsuki Yuuri is a 20-year-old dance student at an arts college. He dreams of one day gracing the world stage with his unique dance style. However, he usually holds himself up in his room watching Youtube videos of his favorite dancer, Viktor Nikiforov. When Yuuri gets the opportunity of a lifetime he’s not sure how to respond. Follow Yuuri on his journey towards becoming a more confident dancer and winning Viktor’s heart.

Break Me Down, Down, Down legolifesaver

Summary: Yuri refused to let anyone call his videos “pointless”. He spent too much of his time on them and he wasn’t about to let some asshole question him.orYuri runs a fashion channel, Otabek makes covers, and they both meet in the middle.

Changing Seasons Soigne

Summary: Seasons come and go, mostly in the same fashion of obsessions and numerous phases. Nearly all of the greater bit of the population go through these small trifles and continue on with life without a second thought- but not Victor Nikiforov. He has an undying interest in a smaller YouTuber by the name of Katsuki Yuuri, and what makes it even worse, is the fact that he has no idea whatsoever as to why. He doesn’t even want anyone to find out about his seeming obsession, and still, he’s still watching his YouTube videos at four in the morning when he can’t sleep. Better yet- he can’t stop watching the younger male’s videos with great integrity and character being discovered within himself. Viktor can’t find himself becoming bored with whatever is drawing him to the other YouTuber, and he’s even becoming concerned for his own mentality at the same time. Of course, there’s no real harm, as he would never be able to meet the YouTuber in real life- that is, until he stumbles upon him at PlayList Live, and fangirls like a complete imbecile in front of thousands of his subscribers.Also, the fic in which all of the characters are absolute dorks, and Viktor is too gay and sassy to function.

Collab With Me? SindarDragonRider

Summary: After Phichit posts a video of Yuuri watching Viktor Nikiforov’s latest video, one thing leads to another and suddenly Viktor’s flying to Detroit to do a collaboration with Yuuri.Viktor, of course, is excited to get to know and befriend the beautiful vlogger he saw online and quickly became infatuated with. Yuuri’s freaking out because THE Viktor Nikiforov - one of the most successful YouTubers in the world - is talking to him and he has no idea what he’s doing (of course, he’s secretly just as excited as Viktor himself)aka the YouTube AU where Yuuri’s a cinnamon roll and Viktor loves him for it

Cook Cook Fall in Love -  Blackbeyond

Summary: Victor Nikiforov is the most decorated chef in the world.Yuuri is a YouTuber who happens to cook his recipes.There’s only so much Victor can resist when there’s a cute, Japanese boy complimenting him and correcting him and saying he’d be an amazing teacher.What else is he supposed to do but teach him?

Go for Tech -  HopeCloudsObservation

Summary: Yuuri and friends(?) volunteer as staff at a convention. Yuuri tries his best to keep himself together, but that hasn’t exactly gone well for him before. It’s one thing being manager; managing this department in particular is another challenge entirely.“I’m not sure how I survive it every year to be completely honest.”

Haute Watermelonsmellinfellon

Summary: Yuuri is a hot dancer and a dedicated fasionista. He doesn’t care what the haters have to say on the matter, he knows it and his subscribers know it. Shockingly, Victor Nikiforov seems to think so as well. And when Victor’s attention is focused on Yuuri, life begins to take an interesting twist.Has Victor always been so extra?

Hello World! nocturnal_wanderlust

Summary:  Yuuri Katsuki is pushed into creating a YouTube channel by his best friend and roommate, Phichit. Through his channel Yuuri is able to gain a following and the attention of one of his favorite YouTubers.

helpless -   Barricadesatfleetstreet

Summary: The ‘they are small Youtubers who just happened to find eachother online’ au absolutely no one asked for.

How to save a life obtainjh

Summary:  Music AU in which Yuuri is a somewhat known musician who due to family issues had to leave music and focus in his studies but never quite left music and started a YouTube channel that got even more popular the moment Viktor Nikiforov, a reknown musician, watched one of Yuuri’s renditions of his songs.

How Would You Feel -  aypreal

Summary:  “I have a feeling that Mr Evil Hamster’s main goal was for me to announce my status quo to the world in guise of having to play an acoustic love song. Anyway, let’s get this over with. This one’s for you baby.”

I love you, my dear -  indianchai

Summary:  Musician au where famous YouTube singer Victor is practically in love with a famous singer/lyricist named Lilith (who has never revealed his true identity to the public). Victor feels compelled to go to Lilith’s first show of his world tour (even though he’s never met him) and on the flight there, he sits next to this guy named Yuuri, completely oblivious to the fact that Yuuri is his idol, Lilith.

ILYSB aypreal

Summary:  The excuse was; the last available flight from Kazakhstan to Moscow was three days before the main show, the 2017 Spring Fashion Week, the next flight was a day after the closing of the season. Someone must have played a joke and somehow misrouted all the planes for the Kazakhstan-Moscow route. Then of course, given that it was crowded for the Moscow Fashion week, all hotels were booked and Yuri was one of the higher staffs under Viktor that doesn’t have any partners nor family members staying with him. So as courtesy for the imported DJ, Yuri was tasked to host the man who will bring the music to Viktor’s schemes. Otabek Altin.

Intertwined -  FutabaYoshioka

Summary:  Phichit is a YouTuber and Yuuri has been harbouring a crush on Viktor for way too long. After Yuuri’s poor performance at the Grand Prix Final and the depression that followed him afterwards, Phichit decides it is time to bring them together.

On New Found Determination -  ReccoFanfiction

Summary:  A helpful stranger pointed out the high points of Yuuri’s performance at the Grand Prix and it causes a changes throughout Yuuri’s life and future.

Polyamory 101 -  Bassarid

Summary:  Based on a prompt by Lorienleylines: “an au where Phichit, Guang Hong, and Leo are all college students, Phichit is a semi-famous youtuber, and he invites Guang Hong and Leo to join him on his channel to answer submitted questions about polyamory. (Established relationship pls)”

Show Some Pinterest! Goggles_McGee

Summary: After a devastating defeat at a big cooking competition, Yuuri Katsuki is distraught but his friends come up with a way for him to continue cooking without that much pressure. And it’s just a great way to have run and share their interests with others. They start a YouTube channel called: Show Some Pinterest!They find pins on Pinterest to try, like recipes, DIY crafts, and workout plans.Yuuri loves it. He loves the comfort of working with his friends, he loves that he still gets to cook. Sure, he’s a but upset that he utterly failed at his favorite competition, not to mention, failed in front of his idol chef. But he tries to put that all behind him.But how can he do that when said idol tracks him down in Detroit and wants to coach him so he can redeem himself at the very competition he failed at?

sugary sweet kevincriesblood

Summary:  Katsuki Yuuri works at a coffee shop. Unfortunately, it is a coffee shop that happens to be his idol’s favorite. He regularly sees the vlogger he has posters of, which he’s not sure if that’s good or bad. Yuuri also has a not safe for work blog that he updates, with a rather sweet, odd anon.
It’s also an issue that he fantasizes that this anon is his idol. He’d never really date a guy like Yuuri, right?

You Have (1) Notification arzenpai, hosarin

Summary: Katsuki Yuuri wouldn’t call himself an internet sensation, no matter how many people followed them for their skating videos and Phichit’s prank vines. Despite the number of people who would recognize him and ask for a selfie on the street, his life is plain.On the other hand, Viktor Nikiforov is an internet sensation, but he needs inspiration.He finds it when Mila shows him a video from the channel Shall We Skate.

Yuri and The Science Experiment ushijimascacti

Summary:  Yuri Plisetsky is quick to become addicted to something, whether that “something” be breaking a world record held by his Japanese rival or learning about biology and the scientific world. The young 16 year-old is the secret face of the youtube channel “Как сделать”, or “How to Make”. This channel features a variety of videos from anti-aging potions to the creation of the Homunculus, one of Yuri’s greatest achievements (other than earning gold at the Grand Prix Final the year previous). He is very proud of this fascinating discovery and made it by entering a random donor’s sperm into the yolk of an egg. After this step, he covered the egg and left it to incubate for many weeks. Over time, he has created two successful organisms and in this story attempts to make one more. This time, though, he is too impatient and the outcome is a bit… annoying. (P.S. idk russian so pretend he’s talking in russian!!!!!)

My Fav Seungri and Bigbang performances.

Seungri's voice is… amazing…he’s got that  soft, sweet and sexy voice, it’s simply beautiful and smooth.   I dont fuckin care about haters because they are just that, BUT sometimes the alleged VIPs pisses me of when they underestimating Seungri’s talent. He is one of the most well rounded artist in kpop. 

He sings, dances, composes, choreographs, produces (not a lot of people know that for his first mini album in 2011, Seungri co-produced and wrote six of the seven songs.
In his second album he composed and produced all the songs and he made it like in 2 or 3 weeks). Have you seen his behind the scenes stuff for his solo album? He virtually got no sleep and basically directed and choreographed both his music videos!
Seungri usually choreograph his own solo songs and for bigbang too., he was the leader of his dancing team when he was only 13-14 and they were famous. And my opinion but the boy has the greatest precision I’ve ever seen in someone. Every single move is fucking done in time which is scary… really. Look at their concerts or when they dance and focus on the music notes and Seungri’s movements and it seems as if Seungri is marking the tempo of the music with his movements. IS GREAT. Not even Tae gets this hell of a precision. I think this is because Seungri is more musically sensible than others… my teachers would call it “musical ear”, it might explain even why in Bigbang they use him to harmonize but that’s another story….
The boy is creative, it shows in how he never or (usually never) needs a choreographer to make up his own steps… which I’m certain is related with his “musical precision”.
He is fully bilingual (korean and japanese, and I bet we need to wait a few years and he will be fluent in english and he is learning to speak chinese too). Seungri is fantastic, the effort and enthusiasm he gives is much appreciated—-did you ever see that bigbang alive toure video in  London where he spoke English but with a British accent? He makes every effort to connect with people all over the world and that is wonderful! He recently started to learn to speak chinese too.

He is regarded as YG’s variety ace, he is MC-ing his own japanese Tv shows. He keeps getting invited back to Japan to do TV shows and he has a good command of Japanese language and cultural nuances. At Bigbang concerts he is the one in charge for MC-ing and hyping up the crowds, and I can tell you all he takes his job very serious “ he talks a lot”, he just recently got into DJ -ing. He acted in dramas,films, and musicals too.
He has amazing business mind  regarding to his young age , he is the (CEO of
“Seungri Academy” (he bought and expanded Plug In Music Academy + Joy Dance Academy) with his academy he helps kids that had big dreams like him to achieve something and to reach their goal. It still astounds me when I think about how Seungri left his hometown of Gwangju at the mere age of 14, and traveled to a big, unfamiliar city like Seoul, all on his own to pursue his dreams of being a singer. Seungri debuted in Bigbang when he was 15 years old lol.It’s interesting there are stil rookies that are debuting at the same age as his now. Winner Kim Jinwoo (he is just 1 years younger than Seungri) is from his academy , he mentored him and brought into YG 4 years ago. Most recently Seungri bought a coffee shop/cafe called
"AND.Here"for his parents).

And the  most important Seungri’s voice is… amazing… he’s got that  soft, sweet and sexy
voice, it’s simply beautiful and smooth  I love it .Seungri is very very talented and  he’s funny , smart and good looking too….. His confident maybe overflowing,but that’s how he grabs the hearts of VIPs and people around him.. He has that weird charm that you can’t help but come to like him eventually.People might not necessarily notice that behind Seungri’s mask of confidence he is also sensitive and kind hearted. I always know that behind his funny character there is a grown man. He dreams big and works hard for it.  ”Never stop dreaming”. Perfectly describing Seungri from back then until now. .   I also believe he has a lot of untouched potential.  He is truly a musical artist that is constantly evolving and bettering his craft. And not only does he have the ability to do these things he does them really well. He can be super sweet. He can be manly. He can be cute.  He can be dorky..He is also really friendly with everyone!   and he loves his fans so much.

Please everybody listen to Seungri’s amazing voice, This is the main reason why I like him .

 Every VIP’s needs to see these live performances.

Spread the love and fluffiness.

My most Fave Seungri and Bigbang performances.

1. Big Bang: Seungri- Next Day The Great Concert Live

2. BIGBANG Big Show 2010 - Stay live

3. BIGBANG - Stay + Haru Haru(Electric Love Tour 2010)

4. BigBang - Lie ( Acoustic Ver. )(Apr,2,2011)

5. Seungri - In my world (acoustic ver.)

6. Big Bang Big Show 2010 (HQ) -Seungri & Daesung Medley

7. Big Bang Electric Love Tour Japan 2010(HQ) - Seungri & Daesung Medley

8.Seungri- A Fool’s Only Tears - Choi Hwa Jung Power Time

9. SeungRi chocolate(110206)  LIES + I NEED A GIRL + HEARTBREAKER + SUNSET GLOW

10. BIGBANG - Candle/Fools Only Tears- LOVE & HOPE TOUR 2011

11. La La La + V.I.P - BIGBANG (SBS Inkigayo Debut Stage) [MV HD]


12. Seung Ri Open Window Mnet Countdown 2011 01 21

13. SEUNGRI 130925 Mezamasi Live :Come to my (JP Ver.)

14. Seungri (V.I) chocolate  (110206)  - What Can I Do

15. Big Bang 2009 Big Show Concert (DVD) - Seung Ri (Solo) - Strong Baby

16. Big Bang (Foolish Love & Sunset Glow) LIve

17. Seung Ri - Next Day [radio 01.16.09]

18. Big Bang - Next day

19. Big Bang - Fool

20. Big Bang Big Show 2010 - Babo/Fool(HQ)

21. BIG BANG A Fool’s Only Tears Live


23. 131003 SEUNGRI -


(Eng Sub) @GMarket Concert Stay G6

24. 131204 SEUNGRI omoi kaku

25. May J. / I Believe [Japanese Version] feat. V.I (from BIGBANG)

26. bigbang alive tour seoul 2012 dvd -fantastic baby encore

 27. -Gara Gara Go

28. [MR Removed] Seungri - Open Window / VVIP (Live Audio) radio guesting

29. Seungri on Saturday Night Live Opening Talk [07 09 13]

30. 140328 Big Bang  Seung-Ri (last scene) Asian pop Music Festival

31.120909 Japan Osaka FanmeetingSeungri singing Koe wo Kikasete

32. SeungRI  - Gotta Talk to U,Music core 20130824

33. Seungri - In My World (Recordingpart)

34. Seungri - Magic & Strong Baby(Band Version)

35. Blue(Blue by BIGBANG@Mcountdown_2012.03.15)

36. 2011 BIGSHOW_ BIGBANG_ 천국 (Heaven)

37. Haru Haru - BIGBANG (Live Alive Tour Seoul)

38.Big Bang Big Show 2010 - Strong Baby (Seungri) (HQ)

39.BIGBANG Alive Tour in Seoul 2012 - Love Song

40.BIGBANG - Feeling (Japan Dome Tour 2013~2014)


anonymous asked:

what are some of the best concerts you've ever been to?

oooo this is gonna be tough lemme see

• Fall Out Boy’s tour right after their hiatus

• Green Day

• One Direction’s WWA

• Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz tour

• All Time Low’s Future Hearts spring tour

• Cartel’s christmas show (on my birthday)

• Bring Me The Horizon’s sempiternal tour

• All Time Low’s Baltimore Acoustic

• The Jonas Brothers last tour before they disbanded :/

• Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds tour

• The 1975’s Fall 2016 tour mainly for the visuals

• A Day To Remember’s House Party Tour

• The Maine’s Lovely Little Lonely tour

children || m.g.c

Paring: Michael Clifford & [y/n].

Requested: no but requests are open.

Word Count: 900+ ( short )

Warnings: none.

[y/n] takes baby Clifford to one of the bands concerts along with the other 5sos children and wives.

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anonymous asked:

I've listened to 1R for a while but I've never really learned about the band. Can you give me a brief rundown of who everyone is & who they are in a picture? (I only know who Ryan is atm) Thanks :)

Sure, I’m honored to introduce OneRepublic to you!

There are 5 official members of OneRepublic + a keyboard player who helps them on the Native tour.

This is how most people see them:

but I would say that this represents the real OneRepublic much better:

So I’m going to tell some stuff about each member, let’s start from the one you know!

Ryan Tedder

He’s the man who talks 99% of every single interview, also because he’s a producer for other artists too. Music is his passion since he was born and he puts so much into performances and writing music. And he literally can do everything. I mean everything.

Most of the love songs he wrote for OneRepublic are about this beautiful woman Genevieve with whom he has this cute little boy Copeland (the song I Lived is a message from Ryan to him).

Ok, these were his serious sites. Here’s something else:

simply genius

Some things he likes? Hats, food, TV series, throwing things, jumping on pianos, touching Brent’s curls, acting like he can speak many languages when on tour, making fun of Zach, short people so that he feels tall… By the way, he’s 6FT TALL. Remember that.

Brent Kutzle

Our shy little potato cellist, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and much more…. He loves his cello so much that he said he wouldn’t be a part of a band which wouldn’t let him play it. 


The youngest and tallest member of the band. When he was a teenager, he had posters of Green Day on the walls of his room. Collects or collected Lego and toys.

He’s usually quiet but when he says something it’s either very deep or very funny. He’s also a producer and spends a lot of time in the studio with Ryan in Ryan’s house. This is how he plays the violin - he’s a true cellist

His curls are sacred. 

But is he really that calm as it all seems?

well think about it

Drew Brown

According to the band, the funniest member!

This is how he rocks the guitar and he can rock a lot of other instruments too, such as glockenspiel (he says it’s not the same as the xylophone but he can’t spot the difference). I heard about him that he’s a musical encyclopedia.

And sometimes he just

I noticed myself that he enjoys the concerts so much that he keeps his eyes closed throughout the most of the gigs and just sings along and is a total badass

At school, his favorite subject was science and he loves Elvis Costello and a lot of indie stuff. Can you feel the cool?

Bonus: the best of tweets from him and about him

Eddie Fisher

Our sunshine, the biggest hugger of the band and winner of all awards in The Cutest Smile category.

Look at the child inside of him. I have always thought he’d be a great father, that’s why I’m very happy that his first kid was born this Febuary!!!

And look at his arms! He’s a huge fan of tattoos and has so many tattoos which are so meaningful that it just hits you

His first concert that he went to was a U2 concert. That’s where he decided to become a drummer. He went through a lot of bad things in life and sacrificed so much to make his dream come true and be such a genial drummer but he made it and he teaches me to keep on dreaming every single day.

Did I mention his facial expressions while playing? well not only behind drums. Cutie!

Zach Filkins

He formed the band together with Ryan, they became friends on high school. He lived in Barcelona for like 7 or 8 years. While he was in Spain, he wanted to start learning playing electric guitar but his parents told him he has to start with acoustic guitar. Now the band uses his brilliant flamenco skills on acoustic guitar on songs like Counting Stars.

When they recorded Secrets, Brent told him “hey man you could play the violin in the song!” and Zach was like “ok” so he learned how to play the violin in 2 weeks.

And he does the best background vocals imo because his voice is so deep and it fits to Ryan’s main vocals ah

He can also dance…

He loves his job but he’s pretty homesick on tours because he’s got a great wife and 2 kids at home in Chicago.

AND he loves cookies

And here’s Brian Willett - the keyboard guy

Ryan likes to mention very often that he’s Canadian - maybe Ryan’s jealous? lol

He’s really cute and kind and everything but we don’t know a lot about him because he doesn’t do interviews with the band. Anyway, here’s an interesting fact: He’s got a twin.


More to mention: OneRepublic guys are ones of the most intelligent, kind, funny and talented people I have ever heard of. They have become pretty famous but they’re still down to earth and support charity as much as possible.

The friendship between them is what we all adore, they’re like brothers and that’s why they can keep making such amazing music and unforgetable shows. 

So this is what OneRepublic is.

Hope this pictures the band well. For anyone who sees this, feel free to add info!

(Gifs are not mine!)


1976. Destroyer

is the fourth album by band Kiss, released on March 15, it was the third successive Kiss album to reach the top 40 in the US, as well as the first to chart in Germany and New Zealand. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first Kiss album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band’s first three albums.

After attaining modest commercial success with their first three studio albums, Kiss achieved a commercial breakthrough with the 1975 concert album Alive!. It was the first album by the band to be certified gold, and eventually went multi-platinum. The success of Alive!, which spent 110 weeks on the charts, benefited not only the struggling band but their cash-strapped label Casablanca Records. Kiss signed a new contract with Casablanca in late 1975, partly because the label had been very supportive from the start of the band’s career. The contract was for two albums, an indication that Casablanca was unsure if the group could duplicate the accomplishments of Alive!.

Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album. Among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to Kiss were sound effects, strings, screaming children, reversed drums (on “God of Thunder”) and a children’s choir. The song “Great Expectations” uses the first phrase of the main theme from the second movement of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, opus 13 “Pathétique”, but songwriting is credited to Simmons and Ezrin.

Destroyer is the first Kiss album to prominently feature outside musicians, such as members of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. One musician not credited was Dick Wagner, from Alice Cooper’s band, replacing Ace Frehley on the track “Sweet Pain”. Wagner also played the acoustic guitar found on the song “Beth”. The success of Alive! and Destroyer enabled the band to embark on their first tour of Europe.

Destroyer is known album. Every member has its merit here, and every track is enjoyable. Kiss managed to form one of the best band ever, combining the best of each, and Destroyer is clearly one of the best Kiss albums.

        Paul Stanley       Ace Frehley     Gene Simmons    Peter Criss