KISSOLOGY 2 was a good follow up to one of the greatest Music DVD releases ever. It was, however, flawed by edited and shortened concerts. Some unavoidable due to source material being incomplete (like the Rio '83 concert), but mostly due to editorial decisions. It wasn't a popular move, but the set was still very good and what was on there was great.
Now with KISSOLOGY 3 they have again included an incomplete concert or two due to editorial decisions. This is unfortunate, because some of the songs missing are some of the highlights of those particular shows!
The Detroit 1992 show from the Revenge Tour SHOULD have been included in its entirety. Many fans feel that the Revenge era was the high point of the bands' career, and that tour featured some fantastic performances of both classic and more recent material. MIA from that show, inexplicably, are "Hotter Than Hell," "Firehouse," "I Want You," "Strutter," "Forever," and "Shout it out Loud." Even more perplexing is the fact that the bonus disc of the Sao Paulo show from 1994 is (possibly) complete! While that IS a great development (the first bonus disc with just about a complete concert - this one is only missing, if anything, the final encore of "Rock and Roll All Night," and according to sources they may not have even played it at that show), it is also disappointing since they didn't give that treatment to the Detroit '92 show on the main DVD set. (Unfortunately, the version with the Sao Paulo bonus disc will not be available through Amazon...)
Also missing are a handful of songs from the Tiger Stadium show from '96, as well as some great TV appearances that should have been locks to be included (Arsenio Hall 1993 and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1993 being the two big omissions).
However, on the other end of the spectrum, we're FINALLY going to get an official DVD release of (just about) the complete Unplugged set - including the goofing around. So for this show we're actually getting and EXPANDED version. This was a great show, as the band shows just how solid their songs are, still sounding great in a stripped down setting. Eric Singer gives one of the best, most nuanced performances of his career, and Bruce is as solid as a rock playing electric songs on an acoustic guitar - not always an easy thing to do.
The Dodger Stadium show from 1998 (the kickoff to the Psycho Circus tour) was a great show (I was there), and will be included here in its entirety with a new audio and video edit (they went back to the raw feeds and re-edited the video and remixed the audio). This is something long overdue for release on DVD. This was a show teased on TV, but never officially shown in its complete form.
With the majority of Detroit '92 (GREAT show) and Detroit '96 (rough show on all counts, notably the band's peroformance and how the show is presented on the disc - clearly video footage for the giant screens at the stadium, it doesn't work very well as a home video release) both included, the expanded Unplugged performance included, and the complete Dodger Stadium '98, and a (heavily edited) concert from the 2000 "Farewell" tour this set has a TON of great stuff. The Brooklyn Bridge set, while short, is GREAT! The band is tight and energetic, and the sound is good.
But, wait - there's more! If you buy it on the first pressing you will be able to get a fourth disc. One WAY out of chronological order, but perhaps the prized jewel of the entire series. It's the COMPLETE Coventry show from December 1973 that they teased on the first KISSOLOGY set (with the "easter egg" of "Deuce" from that show). The earliest known KISS live footage. It's a one camera from the back of the room recording, but it's still a great bit of KISStory.
Overall, KISSOLOGY 3 looks like another very good entry in the series - one only marred by missing songs and a couple missing TV performances. Still, this is definitely a, "Must Have," for any KISS fan.