Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In similar news Gene Simmons has tweeted on a Lady Gaga/Kiss collaboration:
genesimmons: No.. @LadyGaGa and KISS are not doing a song together.
Send it to Kissmask8895@aol.com and we'll post it!
Meanwhile enjoy the rest of the tour!!
"I saw KISS for the 18th time on 8/19/2010 at Ct's Mohegan Sun Arena. It was an incredible show from the set-list to the patriotism! My quick story is; when Paul came over to my side of the stage (3rd row off the floor,on the side) and I was literally 10 feet from him. I was showing him my "Rose" Tattoo that I got in his honor back in 1992. I was pointing it out and he acknowledged me and flipped me a few picks along with a few thumbs up! It was a great moment for me, since I have been a fan since 1976 when I was 8 years old! Anyway, Kiss never fails to impress and if you can catch this tour do yourself a favor and go!"Post a Comment
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"A breathe of fresh rock and roll air destined to become classic rock. Bad City has punch, power, catchy songs along with strong, unique vocals and musicianship that is a warm welcome to the rock and roll landscape"-
The KISS MASK WEBZINE
Do you want to win a copy of the new Bad City CD 'Welcome To The Wasteland' featuring "Call Paul Stanley?"
Courtesy of Atlantic Records.
NOTE- The entry deadline has been extended to September 6, 2010 @ Midnight!
All you have to do is send an email to Kissmask8895@aol.com with Bad City written in the subject matter and CALL PAUL STANLEY in the email along with your name and address. Three (3) copies will be given away and winners will be selected at random. Winners will be selected by September 1, 2010 at midnight and will be announced September 2, 2010 on the Kiss Mask Webzine. Winners will also be notified by email.
Bad City will be touring with Slash and the Smashing Pumpkins. You can visit http://www.myspace.com/badcitymusic for more information on Bad City including news and tour dates.MP3: http://www.badcitymusic.com/album/06-callpaulstanley.mp3
"CALL PAUL STANLEY"-The band are all big fans of KISS and wrote the song about a young rock star who somehow stumbles upon Paul Stanley's phone number and calls him up in the middle of the night.
The traffic can be maddening, the facilities are often soulless, and the acoustics usually stink.
But there's just something about a stadium show.
In Detroit and Michigan, fans have been gathering for mass music celebrations for more than three decades. They'll do it again this week when Eminem and Jay-Z play two nights at Comerica Park. Between this region's fabled devotion to live music and its love of a good spectacle, the path leading to this doubleheader has been a colorful one.
"This is a big city for big concerts," says rock veteran Doug Podell of WCSX-FM (94.7). He knows that a stadium extravaganza is as much a communal experience as a music event: "At these shows, you get immersed in the whole vibe. You just become part of it."
Kiss's 1996 Tiger Stadium Show tops out over Led Zeppelin's Pontiac 1977 show with 155 votes to Kiss' 171 votes.
To vote click herehttp://www.freep.com/article/20100829/ENT04/8290316/Stadium-superlatives-10-epic-stadium-shows-in-Michigan-concert-history
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Now that his battle with cancer is behind him he is putting his support behind the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The rocker will take part in a charity walk in New Jersey in October. Criss is asking fans to get involved with this great cause.
"On October 17 I will be walking for the American Cancer Society... I would love for you to join me in this walk to help save lives and bring awareness to men and women about this disease... as a breast cancer survivor, I thank you!!!"
What Peter Criss is doing is very important to all people, men and women alike, who have been stricken by this terrible disease. The KISS star is not the only high profile musicians that has been involved with fighting breast cancer this week. Sheryl Crow, who is also a breast cancer survivor, opened a new wing at a breast Cancer Center in Los Angeles.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Do you want to win a copy of the new Bad City CD 'Welcome To The Wasteland' featuring "Call Paul Stanley" courtesy of Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records? All you have to do is send an email to Kissmask8895@aol.com with Bad City written in the subject matter and CALL PAUL STANLEY in the email along with your name and address. Three (3) copies will be given away and winners will be selected at random. Winners will be selected by September 1, 2010 at midnight and will be announced September 2, 2010 on the Kiss Mask Webzine. Winners will also be notified by email.
Bad City will be touring with Slash and the Smashing Pumpkins. You can visit http://www.myspace.com/badcitymusic for more information on Bad City including news and tour dates.
"CALL PAUL STANLEY"-The band are all big fans of KISS and wrote the song about a young rock star who somehow stumbles upon Paul Stanley's phone number and calls him up in the middle of the night.
BAD CITY TOUR DATES:
Sep 1 2010
6:00PRialto Theatre w/ Smashing Pumpkins Tuscon, AZ Find Tickets
Sep 4 2010
6:00PLobero Theatre w/ Smashing Pumpkins Santa Barbara, CA Find Tickets
Sep 6 2010
6:00PCrest Theatre w/ Smashing Pumpkins Sacramento, CA
Sep 7 2010
6:00PKnitting Factory w/ Smashing Pumpkins Reno, NV Find Tickets
Sep 8 2010
6:00PPhoenix Theatre w/ Smashing Pumpkins Petaluma, CA
Sep 10 2010
6:00PShowbox SoDo w/ Smashing Pumpkins Seattle, WA
Sep 14 2010
6:00PKnitting Factory w/ Smashing Pumpkins Spokane, WA
Sep 16 2010
6:00PKnitting Factory w/ Smashing Pumpkins Boise, ID
Sep 17 2010
6:00PIn The Venue w/ Smashing Pumpkins Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 20 2010
6:00PStubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater w/ Smashing Pumpkins Austin, TX Find Tickets
Sep 24 2010
5:00PBurton Cummings Theatre w/ Slash Winnipeg, MB, CANADA Find Tickets
Sep 25 2010
5:00POdeon Events Centre w/ Slash Saskatoon, SK, CANADA
Sep 27 2010
5:00PCalgary Stampede Corral w/ Slash Calgary, AB, CANADA
Sep 28 2010
5:30PEdmonton Expo Center w/ Slash Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Sep 30 2010
5:30PCommodore Ballroom w/ Slash Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Oct 1 2010
5:30PCommodore Ballroom w/ Slash Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Oct 2 2010
5:30PShowbox Sodo w/ Slash Seattle, WA
Oct 4 2010
6:00PGrand Sierra Theatre w/ Slash Reno, NV
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Click below to check out a cool new song - "Call Paul Stanley" from the band Bad City. The guys are all big fans of KISS and wrote the song about a young rock star who somehow stumbles upon Paul Stanley's phone number and calls him up in the middle of the night.
Bad City's album was just released, and the band is going on tour next week with Slash before joining up with The Smashing Pumpkins. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/badcitymusic."Call Paul Stanley" by Bad City:
As one of the largest bands in the world for over 30 years, Kiss are certainly no strangers to the kind of fame that Lady Gaga currently enjoys. With that and their outlandish fashion sense in common, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the rockers and the diva hit it off immediately.
Gaga posted two pictures on her Twitter account, one showing her with guitarist Paul Stanley and another of her and the entire band. The pictures were taken backstage after the band's Friday gig at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., which Gaga attended with her boyfriend, Luc Carl.
On Saturday, Gaga performed in Tacoma, Wash., and spoke of how inspired she was to meet Stanley and company. "You meet so many people [in Hollywood] who are so ungrateful for what they have," she said, according to PopEater. "But Kiss, these guys have been making music for decades and they were ... beyond nice and beyond down to earth, full makeup and everything. They hung out with me and my friends for 30 minutes just shooting the s--- backstage like they don't have anything better to do ... That's gonna be me in 30 years."
Naturally, fans everywhere started speculating about a collaboration between Kiss and Gaga, but it seems that's just wishful thinking.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Wishful thinking - that's what was said about a Kiss reunion tour of the original four- and that became a reality. In regards "wishful thinking" to a Gaga/Kiss collaboration? Never rule anything out. Anything is possible in the music business. Who knows? Maybe one day Lady Gaga will cover "I Was Made For Lovin' You." It would certainly fit in to what she's doing musically.
Vince Neil of Motley Crue, from a break from OZZFEST, was also at the Holmdel show watching Kiss, along with Lady Gaga, from the soundboard.
Here's what Lady Gaga said Saturday night about Kiss at her show in Tacoma, Washington:
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The Lady and the Starman
Here is a photo posted by Lady Gaga via Twitter of herself and Paul Stanley backstage before the band's PNC Bank Center performance in Holmdel, NJ on August 20. Note Lady Gaga wearing Paul's boots.
Check out this great fan filmed video of Kiss performing 'Cold Gin' at the PNC Arts Center, August 20:
After a month of Tweeting back and forth, Lady Gaga got her Kiss, meeting up with the band before
Kiss' August 20 show at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Check out Lady Gaga wearing Paul's boots.
Below is a fan filmed clip of Kiss performing 'God Gave Rock And Roll To You II.'
Mohegan Sun has announced that KISS, one of the most iconic and recognized Rock bands of all time, has been inducted into Mohegan Sun's Walk of Fame. This places KISS among an elite group of entertainers whose stars will now lie beside theirs.Their induction took place Thursday, Aug. 19th in The Shops concourse in front of a crowd of excited fans. KISS is the 20th star to be inducted into Mohegan Sun's Walk of Fame. Upon receiving their star band member, Paul Stanley, jokingly asked fans "Why aren't you in the Arena for the show, are you waiting for us?"KISS has been rocking out arenas for the last four decades and has become one of the most renowned Rock bands in the history of music, with popular songs like "Rock And Roll All Nite" and "Calling Dr. Love." They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have continued their incredible success with the release of their latest album, ‘Sonic Boom,’ just last year.
Here is video of the event:
Fan filmed video of 'Deuce' from Mohegan Sun, Friday, August 19.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Hottest Show On Earth and the Hottest Fans in the world!
Have a Kiss experience you'd like to share? Did you do the Kiss Meet & Greet? Or meet Kiss at the hotel? Did something cool happen to you at the Kiss show you saw? Send your stories and experiences from the Kiss shows you've been to. Send your submissions to Kissmask8895@aol.com and we'll post them on the Kiss Mask. Be sure to put KISS SHOW in your subject matter. Photos are welcome!
Here is new video of Peter Criss discussing breast cancer in men and his own experience at a recent event.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Kiss performs "Modern Day Delilah," days before heading out on one of the summer's biggest selling tours, 'The Hottest Show On Earth.'
The next round of shows:
August 17, 2010 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY (which was last night)
August 19, 2010 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
August 20, 2010 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
August 21, 2010 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
By ERIC R. DANTON/ www.CTWnow.com
Altruism is not a concept commonly associated with Kiss, the costumed hard rock band that has proudly marketed everything from Dr. Pepper to caskets.
Turns out, though, that the gods of thunder have a soft spot after all: American troops wounded overseas. For every ticket sold on its "Hottest Show on Earth" tour, a fireworks-filled extravaganza stopping Thursday at Mohegan Sun, the band is donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Care Project, which assists military personnel who have been severely injured in combat.
"Maybe we can do what the government doesn't seem capable of," Kiss singer and guitarist Paul Stanley says by phone.
Stanley estimates the band has raised $125,000 so far on the tour, which comes in support of Kiss' most recent album, last year's "Sonic Boom."
The record is a return to Kiss' classic late-'70s form for Stanley and bassist Gene Simmons. The Kiss co-founders made the record with lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer in place of original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who were involved with the band's previous record, 1998's "Psycho Circus."
That particular effort wasn't exactly a high point in the Kiss canon, Stanley acknowledges.
"I was adamant that 'Psycho Circus' wouldn't be the last Kiss album," he says. "If there had to be a last album, we should end on a higher note than that. It was difficult to make an album with two band members and two lawyers. Those lawyers didn't play instruments very well, and the guys who could have been in the studio weren't."
This time, all four members were involved in writing songs for the album, which Stanley produced. They recorded quickly, keen on capturing the spark of early takes before the songs got rehearsed to death.
"What you may gain later on in perfection, you lose in feel," Stanley says. "I'm a big believer that all the music I loved growing up was made by people who were trying to document passion, rather than perfection, whether it was the Beatles, or Led Zeppelin or James Brown. All that music was made with mistakes, but with incredible feel."
A lot of artists who have been around as long as Kiss talk about the difficulty in concert of balancing old material with new, but Stanley rejects the premise.
"It's all Kiss," he says. "So what we try to do, particularly in the concerts, is celebrate all the eras of the band. It's no secret that there are certain songs that are must-plays, and funny, over the years, it just becomes more and more. We found ourselves ultimately making the show a little longer and squeezing in as much as we can. We can play 'Delilah' and that'll sound great whether it's next to 'Love Gun' or 'Crazy Nights.'"
That leaves just one item of unfinished business: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although the band first became eligible a decade ago, Kiss wasn't even nominated for the first time until last year.
"Who cares?" Stanley says. "Honestly, who cares?"
Well, the fans, for one: Kiss aficionados have been lobbying for years for the group's induction.
"I would accept being inducted, or indicted, only on behalf of the fans," Stanley says. "If it means enough to them that they're championing this so vocally, then I would do it, but only for them. I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's a farce. It's a sham. My place in rock 'n' roll history is more firmly planted than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's."
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wounded Warriors Pledge
Shout It Out Loud
Intro/Modern Day Delilah
Friday, August 13, 2010
Go here to cast your votes
Other nominees are Slash, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and AC/DC.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
by Nikki M. MascaliStaff Writer
Fans don't go to Kiss shows to hear an agenda.
They don't go to find out who they should vote for in the next election or to hear the band's opinion on an oil spill."We don't talk about acid rain or who's going to save the whales or what political party you should vote for - we don't care about that. Most people yawn when they start to hear that," bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told the Weekender from Los Angeles where the band was recording "Venus and Mars" for an upcoming Paul McCartney tribute album.
"Next time I want to find out about acid rain and the rainforest, I hope it's not from a rock star. In the same way, I don't want to find out from a scientist what other song I should put in the set, so I think rock stars should shut up, get up on stage and do what they're designed to do - otherwise, you're not qualified to tie my shoelaces."Actually, there is something on Kiss' show agenda: To give its legion of fans the greatest show on the planet. A Kiss concert is an extravagant display of pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes and face paint, Simmons' blood spitting, Simmons and vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley flying through the air and music that has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since the mid-1970s.
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Sunday, August 8, 2010
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Friday, August 6, 2010
Saturday night Kiss will be in Boston metro area playing the Comcast Center.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A video documentation about the recording of the 2010 KISS live show. Part 1/2An interview with the engineers about recording and producing the merchandising MP3 USB stick in realtime during the show.
Note: The video seen here was shot during the Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour May-July 2010.
Click link below to listen to the radio interview:
Gene Simmons Interview 08.04.10 « 94 WYSP#more-25529#more-25529
Speaking with Gene Simmons:
KISS still Alive after 35, and 'better than ever'
Posted by John J. Moser/Lehigh Valley Music
Four years ago, when Kiss frontman and co-founder Paul Stanley was promoting his first solo disc in 28 years and first solo tour ever, he said in an interview that slipping sales and flagging interest in any Kiss music besides the hits made him doubt the band would ever again record a new album.It had already been eight years since Kiss recorded "Psycho Circus," the first disc featuring the band's original members in nearly 20 years, amid a five-year reunion tour that brought Stanley and co-founder Gene Simmons back together with former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Fast-forward to today.Kiss not only recorded a new album, "Sonic Boom," in 2009, but it became the group's highest-charting disc ever, reaching No. 2 on Billboard's albums chart.More >>
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The KISS monster keeps growing. Why is that?
“I think it’s a couple of different factors. We noticed a change when we toured Europe in 2008. We noticed that all of a sudden, ‘Wow there’s a lot of kids here, like teenage kids.’ It wasn’t just Mom and Dad bringing little kids to the show, like babies, it was teenage kids coming on their own, like you would expect with this brand-new band or a young band. We thought, ‘This is just Europe,’ because we hadn’t been there in a few years. And then we went to South America and Australia and New Zealand, and everywhere we went it was the same thing. It was a younger audience.
“The band has become a part of the fabric of Americana. When you think of America, a lot of people think of Coca-Cola or Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper, McDonald’s, Disneyland, Universal Studios. I think KISS fits right in with those things. It’s part of American fabric. It’s become an iconic thing that you think about as part of America. Everywhere you go, you can show the KISS logo or the makeup designs of the guys, and everybody will go, ‘Oh, that’s Kiss.’ I mean, they’ll know it even in Malaysia.”
A lot of that is to do with Gene being a master brander, right?
It’s not just Gene. I love Gene and I respect Gene, he’s very much a business-minded guy, but he’s not the one that invented everything KISS ever did. Ace Frehley came up with the KISS logo. So you’ve got to give credit where it’s due. A lot of our costumes, all the things that we wear now, Paul Stanley sat there and he sketched them and designed them all out himself. When we do photo sessions Paul Stanley goes out and goes to Home Depot, and buys supplies with some of the crew guys, and he puts together the sets of how he wants it to look for the photo sessions. I mean, a lot of the stuff we do is hands-off, but a lot of the creative stuff, I have to give credit, is more Paul.
“But Paul’s not the kind of guy who’s gonna go out and tell everybody, ‘I did this, I did that.’ I think people associate Gene as the face or spokesperson of the band. But that’s really more Gene marketing Gene through KISS. So he thinks along those lines and he’s very creative and comes up with a lot of great ideas. But just for the record, everybody, including myself, have input for things that we do.
“But you know, Gene and Paul have really been there from day one. They started the band. They created this idea of what they wanted it to be, so it really is a partnership of really those two. If you want to think of the one common thread, it’s those two guys.”
Read the rest herehttp://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/music/features/An-Interview-With-KISS-Drummer-Eric-Singer.html
Monday, August 2, 2010
The Morning Call
Apparently rock music and face paint have no age restrictions.
KISS, the aging rock group with cartoonish face paint, explosive pyrotechnic shows and hard-hitting, feel-good classics, melted another crowd Saturday night in the latest installment of The Hottest Show on Earth Tour at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, next to the chocolatiest place on Earth.
KISS might be growing older, but its fans are only getting younger.
After 35 years together, KISS is offering a little something for everybody, from kids and parents wearing matching caked-on face paint to long-time fans wanting to rock and roll all night and party every day to women in revealing outfits looking to get noticed by one of rock’s all-time memorable legends.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, along with Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on guitar, played only a few of their newer hits in Saturday’s two-hour-plus show, which heavily featured timeless classics, ending with everyone’s favorite “Rock and Roll All Night .”
Fathers raised their kids onto their shoulders and teenagers danced along with their parents and, in some cases, grandparents, for the ending number, as a confetti snowstorm blew into the crowd. If the ear-splitting explosions during the show weren’t enough, the concert ended with one more fireworks display to light up the night.
But the show started as if the crowd was ready for nap time.
The crowd sat through three opening acts - Chicago rockers The Academy Is …, a noticeable performance by The Envy and Hamburg’s own The Feens, which won a Guitar Center contest to open for KISS.
As the opening acts played, children, many wearing earplugs, ran around the stadium with their friends, posing for pictures with Gene Simmons look-alikes and sticking out their tongues to mimic him. Many of the children say they were drawn to KISS, either by their parents or by playing video games "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," which featur some of the band’s music.
Possibly adding to the laid-back start was KISS’s opening number, a relatively new hit “Modern Day Delilah,” from the band’s latest album, "Sonic Boom."
read the rest herehttp://blogs.mcall.com/lehighvalleymusic/2010/08/kiss-melts-hershey-crowd.html
Sunday, August 1, 2010
By J. Frank Hagan
the Kiss Mask Webzine
It was the perfect night. The east coast has finally cooled down after an amazingly long heat-wave. A great night for a concert- a great night for a Kiss concert.
The Kiss machine rolled into Hershey Park Stadium last night bringing the Hottest Show On Earth tour and kicking up the temperatures with sound and sight only Kiss can do. There are only a handful of classic bands still active and touring, successfully, that can be counted on one hand- the Stones, Aerosmith, Springsteen and Kiss!
Having already seen 120 Kiss shows since I was 13 years old with Hershey being my 121st. I still get the pre- show excitement adrenaline as I did that very first time and everywhere in between. The feeling's the same, only the times have changed and I've gotten older. And so has Kiss. But you'd never know it on the band's part or mine.
Kiss brought in the heavy pyro, spectacular after show fireworks and a set-list that will disappoint no one. Songs from the new album, Sonic Boom, to the classics as "Deuce," "Firehouse" (glad to hear that back in the set again!!), "100,000 Years" and "Shout It Out Loud." Kiss sounds better than ever. In a time when bands go out and play sloppy, Kiss play with technique, power and experience.
Kiss had fun last night and it showed. It's awesome to me when a band still gets out there and enjoys themselves. At one point Paul forgot to start a line at one point in a song, realizing he had, laughed it off, smiling most of the night.
A check was presented by Paul Stanley for the $71,991.00 for the CSRA Wounded Warriors fund which Kiss is donating $1 for every ticket sold on the entire tour. The check represented the grand total from the first 5 shows of the tour. Paul then led the entire stadium into the Pledge of Alligance.
One of the highlights of the show is Eric and Tommy's duet/dueling/solos which is by far one of the most interesting and entertaining sections of the night. But hell, the whole night was entertaining.
Eric, one of the best drummers in the business, gives of himself 150% with his charismatic musicianship. Eric does "Beth" respectfully. It was truly cool to see this Kiss classic back in the set after a 6 year absence.
Tommy hits every note, a great technical player and is the ultimate professional. Tommy performed "Shock Me."
I was speaking to a woman in the fifth row with us was commenting on how Gene can works his hips at almost 61. I believe she was even turned on. Tongue waggling, gyrating, fire breathing, blood spitting and rib cracking bass- Yup. The Demon still has it!
Paul Stanley commands the stage like no other. Paul soloing a little bit of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta' Love" before kicking into "Black Diamond" was a highlight for me in itself. Singing his heart out, running around onstage with splits and jumps like a 20 year old.
There's nobody like this band. I'm am so grateful that my band is still out there showing all the little boys how the big boys do it. I feel younger again. Friday's show in Camden, NJ (Philadelphia), I'm taking my 17 year old nephew. I can't wait to show him what rock and roll is all about!
Kiss's next show is August 6, 2010 when the tour hits the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ (Philadelphia). Go to http://www.livenation.com/ a keyword KISS for tickets.
"Modern Day Delilah"
"Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll"
"Calling Dr. Love"
"I'm an Animal"
"I Love It Loud"
"Detroit Rock City"
"Lick It Up"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"I Was Made for Lovin’ You"
"God Gave Rock 'N' Roll To You II"
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
“Kiss has become a part of Americana. It’s very much a part of the American landscape,” he said during a recent phone interview. “When you come to a show, it’s like taking the kids to Disneyland. There is that kind of spirit at the shows.”
To keep that spirit alive, the band is dedicated to ensuring that it delivers as much spectacle on stage as possible.
“What we’re doing is taking what we did last year [on tour] and adding more aspects to the show to make it bigger and better,” he said. “We take Kiss and improve and enrich it and make it better.”
So what can we expect at Saturday’s concert at Hersheypark Stadium?
“If I tell you, it ruins the surprise,” Singer said.
The band is touring in support of its first studio album in 11 years, “Sonic Boom.” Singer said that while the group will perform a few songs from “Boom,” which fans and critics say harkens back to the classic, ‘70s-era Kiss, it’s not going to neglect fans who want to hear the classics.
At a near-capacity show for their recently launched Hottest Show on Earth Tour in Pittsburgh last night, Kiss proved why they are the reigning kings of theater rock, delivering an electric two-hour, 21-song set of glam-rock smashes, newer tunes, over-the-top pyrotechnics and plenty of blood-spitting. "We have a problem that a lot of bands don't: there are a lot of songs we have to play," Paul Stanley told Rolling Stone backstage before the gig. "So it's a matter of mixing it up, but playing what people want to hear."
With three massive video screens and bright LED lights, Kiss kicked the show off with fiery jams like "Modern Day Delilah" and "Cold Gin," but the band hit their stride once they launched into "Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll," which found Kiss saturated in blinding white light and sent the crowd into a frenzied clap-along. (Dozens of die-hards dressed in full Kiss fatigues while hundreds more donned the band's trademark makeup.) Throughout the gig, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer filled in solidly for original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, especially when Singer reprised Frehley's sparks-shooting guitar solo in "Shock Me." When Criss left the band in 2004, Kiss abandoned playing the fan-favorite "Beth" but they revived their 1976 classic — to date, their highest-charting single ever — for their current tour. "The band is bigger than the members," Stanley told RS. "The idea that some people can be replaced and not all of them would be a little pigheaded and big-headed of me. Gene and I, there are people out there who could do what we do at least as well, if not better. I don't have to be there for it to be Kiss." Stanley added that the band could "absolutely" continue if he and Simmons decided to retire.
Read more here at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/17386/187008