Legendary rock band KISS will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend this August 16th in Orlando, Florida, as this unprecedented partnership with The Arena Football League and CBS Sports was proudly announced on Tuesday.
ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 PM as part of the three-day weekend celebration.
KISSonline.com have posted a few photos of KISS filming promo TV clips for the Arena Football League. The session took place at Etihad Satdium in Melbourne, Australia during the band’s two night stand at the venue.
KISS is currently taking part in an Australian tour with very special guests MÖTLEY CRÜE.
Presented by McManus Entertainment, the summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour is hitting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Mackay and Adelaide, with guests Irish rockers THIN LIZZY along for the ride (except Adelaide).
“Monster”, the 20th studio album from KISS, sold 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart.
KISS‘ previous CD, “Sonic Boom”, opened with 108,000 units back in October 2009 to enter the chart at No. 2. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.
KISS has notched nine Top 10 albums, according to Billboard.com. Its previous highest-charting set was 1998’s “Psycho Circus”, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group’s other high-charting sets include 1975’s “Alive!” (No. 9), 1977’s “Love Gun” (No. 4) and 1992’s “Revenge” (No. 6).
According to Setlist.fm KISS’ setlist included:
‘Detroit Rock City’
‘Shout It Out Loud’
‘Hell or Hallelujah’
‘I Love It Loud’
‘Calling Dr. Love’
‘Wall of Sound’
‘Outta This World’ (Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer Jam)
‘God of Thunder’
‘Shandi’ (Acoustic performed only by Paul)
‘Lick It Up’ (excerpt from Won’t Get Fooled Again)
‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’
‘Rock and Roll All Nite’
KISS, Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy dates:
3 – Clipsal 500 – Adelaide, Australia
5 – Etihad Stadium (Intimate Arena Mode) – Melbourne, Australia
6 – Etihad Stadium (Intimate Arena Mode) – Melbourne, Australia
9 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
10 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
12 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
16 – Virgin Australia Stadium – Mackay, Australia
Anthony Morgan at Metal Forces Magazine recently caught up with KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
January 2013 box set The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 collects all of the 29 KISS singles to be originally issued through Neil Bogart-founded label Casablanca Records, many of which KISS still perform live to this very day.
“My favourite early KISS material is the first three albums (February 1974’s Kiss, October 1974’s Hotter Than Hell, and March 1975’s Dressed To Kill),” Tommy cites. “The first four albums I should say, including Alive! (September 1975). Anything on any of those records is just phenomenal stuff. The band was new, the band was raw, and you can hear it in the singing. You can hear it in the guitar playing; Ace (Frehley) was at the top of his game on those first three to four albums. There’s no question about it.
“That’s really where I cut my teeth when I was starting to play guitar. I’ve been playing all of those tunes for almost 40 years now (laughs), and that’s why I know them so well. Really though, some of my favourite stuff is off of our new album Monster. The guitar playing on that and the guitar solos are something that I’m very proud of. I really came out of my shell on this. It’s very in-your-face, and the guitar playing and the album itself is something that we’re all very proud of and very excited about. I’m looking forward to everybody hearing that.”
Performing pre-existing licks, the axe-slinger doesn’t opt to deviate away from original renditions.
“Whether it’s Ace or any of the other guitar players that wrote and recorded guitar parts on the KISS records, I want to try to play them as faithfully as I can to the way they were originally written and recorded,” he divulges. “I think that most fans and most people who go to the concerts want to hear them that way. I know that when I go to see a show, I want to hear those songs played the way that I know them. It’s always disheartening when you see maybe a new guitar player come into a situation or into a band that you like and you’re seeing them live in concert, and he’s not faithful to the parts. It’s not as good to me that way, and I’ve never liked that as much. I’ve always tried to get that stuff as close as I can to the originals, because that’s the way it’s supposed to be and that’s the way it’s supposed to sound.”
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KISS have scheduled a run of Canadian shows in July and August, which will include smaller cities the band have never visited on past tours.
Scheduled dates, with venues and further details to be announced, include:
5 – Victoria, BC
6 – Vancouver, BC
8 – Penticton, BC or Ketowna, BC
10 – Lelthbridge, AB
12 – Edmonton, AB
13 – Calgary, AB
14 – Moose Jaw, SK
16 – Saskatoon, SK
17 – Estevan, SK
18 – Brandon, MB
20 – Cadot, MB
22 – Winnipeg, MB
25 – London, ON
26 – Ottawa, ON or Hamilton, ON
27 – Ottawa, ON
29 – Montreal, QC
31 – St. John, NB
1 – Halifax, NS
3 – St. Johns, NL
Stay tuned for updates on this Canadian trek.