Kiss has just announced a 19-date Canadian run for this summer. The New York City legends will kick off their summer trek on July 5th in Victoria, British Columbia and, as of now, wrap things up on August 16th in Orlando, Florida. Pollstar posted that the tour will take in stops in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; and Montreal. In addition to the tour-closing final date in Orlando, the only other U.S. show is set for July 20th in Cadott, Wisconsin at Rock Fest at Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds.
Paul Stanley told us that he looks at the big picture when considering Kiss' career: "When you think of Muhammad Ali, you think of him as the champ. You don't think of the times he lost -- and he did. I'd rather think of us in those terms. Nobody stays on top all the time, but who's been champ longest?"
- Gene Simmons told us that despite the knocks Kiss has received from the rock press over the years, that sometimes in rock n' roll, style actually makes for excellent substance: "Y'know, every few years there's a kind of born-again thing that happens with Kiss, a kick in the butt. And despite the naysayers and whoever else we have long since buried in our backyards of mansions that bad reviews built us -- we all live and die by the masses. So interestingly enough, the movies that I go see, that I love, when I read the reviews, I'm shocked because I always get the sense, 'Oh, they must have seen a different movie.' So when I go see G.I. Joe, or Transformers, or some of the other great thrill-rides; This ain't Shakespeare! (Laughs) But it also doesn't pretend to be. That's not why I'm going. I wanna see the world blow up."
- UPDATED: Kiss tour dates (subject to change):
July 5 - Victoria, BC - Save On Foods Memorial Centre
July 6 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
July 8 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
July 10 - Lethbridge, AB - ENMAX Centre
July 12 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
July 13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
July 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
July 16 - Regina, SK - Evraz Place
July 17 - Brandon, MB - Keystone Centre
July 18 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
July 20 - Cadott, WI - Rock Fest at Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds
July 23 - Sudbury, ON - Sudbury Arena
July 25 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
July 26 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
July 29 - Montreal, ON - Bell Centre
July 31 - Saint John, NB - Harbour Station
August 1 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Metro Centre
August 3, 4 - St. John's, NL - Mile One Centre
August 16 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
- Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are publishing the latest in a growing line of Kiss memoirs, with the August 20th release of Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75).
- Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss (1972-75) is constructed as an oral history, and includes original interviews with Stanley, Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as "producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time."
- In addition to chats with late Kiss manager Bill Aucoin, and Casablanca Records late founder Neil Bogart; the book includes testimony from Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, members of Aerosmith, Rush, Styx, Slade, Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls, the Ramones, and many more.
DID YOU KNOW???
- 2012 saw the release of Ace Frehley's memoir, No Regrets and Peter Criss' own autobiography, Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of Kiss -- as well as the announcement that Paul Stanley would finally publish his side of the story -- after publicly stating for years that he loathed autobiographies.
- Gene Simmons published his own autobiography, Kiss And Make-Up in 2002.
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss performing "Crazy, Crazy Nights" live in Tokyo on April 22nd, 1988:
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