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KISS gets the call to the Hall, preps tour with Def Leppard
KISS has finally made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but of course the band's induction – considered by many to be many, many years in the making – wasn't without controversy.
The KISS Army, aka fans in black T-shirts, black leather and makeup, surrounded the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to support Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley. But they stood in stark contrast to the more appropriately dressed folks in attendance for the black-tie awards show. And hours before the ceremony, Stanley and Simmons practically called out the Hall for not allowing every member since Criss and Frehley to be inducted. And because past and future members – and the Hall of the Fame – couldn't come to an agreement on who would perform, the band decided to settle the argument by not playing at all.
KISS, of course, wasn't the only band inducted. They joined the rest of the year's class that included Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana. But much of the chatter was centered on Simmons and company, who waited 15 years for their induction (causing Stanley to note during the speech that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "hates" the band).
KISS is a little over a month away from teaming up with Def Leppard for a 42-city North American tour. It kicks off June 23 in West Valley City, Utah and wraps up August 31 in Woodlands, Texas. It will be the first time the two bands have shared a bill. A dollar from each ticket sold will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and various other charities.
Still rockin' after all these years (Updated March 27, 2013)
Ask someone – anyone – the most memorable thing about KISS and you're likely to get just one answer. Its members' black and white face paint, particularly Gene Simmons' DEMON, is often the lasting image one can or will have if they've seen the band in person. Still, the music and the talent of these guys shouldn't be swept under the rug. The arena rock you hear today is thanks, in part, to these glamsters and all the years they've been churning out hits.
True, it's been 40 years since KiSS put on the paint and changed the industry. It's a fact that the band has sold more than 100 million records and played to 22 million fans since it was formed. Still, if you thought for a minute that Kiss reached the height of its popularity in the late 1970's…you're probably right. But websites, social media and a drive to be as campy now as they were then has led to a re-birth that probably no one could have predicted.
Kiss has been round the world and back again when they returned to the studio in 2008, recording what would become their first studio album in 11 years, "Sonic Boom." In a popular marketing initiative at the time, the project was exclusively distributed in North America by Wal-Mart. Three years later came their 20th studio album, "Monster," and a full-fledged worldwide tour.
Their album's first single, "Hell or Hallelujah," got some play on rock radio and climbed to the middle reaches of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. The follow-up, "Long Way Down," reached the Billboard Heritage Rock Charts by the end of 2012, and also claimed a spot on the America's Music Rock Chart for several months.
This may not be its heyday, but this is still every day for Kiss and its legions of fans. We won't say catch them if you can, because it looks like, even know, they're here to stay a while. Face paint, flamboyant stage outfits and all.
Formed in NYC in 1973 and exploding on the Heavy Metal/Hard Rock scene with their eponymous debut album, KISS, this foursome stormed concert fans everywhere with their twin guitars and unique, elaborate and hard-driving showmanship. Their playlist of hard-charging, aggressive but primal jams has been coveted by fans ever since. Enjoying one of their first creative, commercial and popular peaks in the late 70s, KISS continued to perform and flourish in the decades that followed. Despite line-up changes that threatened to stall their momentum, they continue to rock delighted, delirious and sold- out crowds around the globe with their powerful, potent and always crowd- pleasing sound. Get Kiss tickets to watch these legends live in concert.
|Album name||Release date|
|2010-06-24: Sonic Boom Over Europe: Barcelona, Spain||2010|
|2 for 1: Destroyer + Rock And Roll Over||2009|
|Kiss Best - KISSology||2008|
|Alive 35 - Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland 27.5.2008 (disc 1)||2008|
|Kiss Alive 35 - Download Festival, Castle Donington, England 13.06.2008||2008|
|Kiss Alive! 1975–2000||2006|
|Out of Asylum - 1985 Asylum Demos & Rehersals||2005|
|20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss, Volume 2||2004|
|Symphony: Alive IV||2003|
|20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss||2003|
|The Very Best of Kiss||2002|
|We Are One||1998|
|Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions||1997|
|New York Groove||1996|
|You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!||1996|
|The Interviews, Volume 2||1995|
|Naked & Exposed: An Unplugged Session||1995|
|Kissin' Time in San Francisco||1994|
|I Was Made for Lovin' You||1993|
|Fifteen Years On||1992|
|Every Time I Look At You||1992|
|God Gave Rock & Roll to You II||1991|
|Hide Your Heart||1989|
|Hot in the Shade||1989|
|Smashes, Thrashes & Hits||1988|
|Reason to Live||1987|
|Lick It Up||1983|
|Creatures of the Night||1982|
|Music From "The Elder"||1981|
|I Was Made for Lovin' You||1979|
|The Best of Solo-Albums||1978|
|Then She Kissed Me||1977|
|Rock and Roll Over||1976|
|Set The World On Fire: Destroyer Tour 1976 Live Archives (disc 1)||1976|
|Dressed to Kill||1975|
|Nothin' to Lose||1974|
|Hotter Than Hell||1974|
Top 10 KISS Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||I Was Made For Lovin' You||132,644||44,703|
|2||Detroit Rock City||114,330||42,404|
|3||Rock And Roll All Nite||85,251||34,224|
|7||Lick It Up||54,717||22,135|
|8||Shout It Out Loud||50,412||21,464|
|10||Calling Dr. Love||46,258||19,524|
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KISS Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/28/2015 Sendai Sekisui Heim Super Arena 02/26/2015 Hiroshima Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall 02/25/2015 Osaka Castle Hall 02/23/2015 Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hall
KISS Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/23/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/22/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/19/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/15/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/14/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/12/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/08/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/07/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/05/2014 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 11/01/2014 Maidstone Ken Banks Bar 10/29/2014 Anaheim CA Honda Center 09/09/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/31/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 08/29/2014 Tulsa OK BOK Center 08/28/2014 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 08/26/2014 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 08/24/2014 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 08/23/2014 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 08/22/2014 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 08/20/2014 Des Moines IA Wells Fargo Arena 08/17/2014 Minneapolis MN Target Center 08/16/2014 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 08/15/2014 East Troy WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre 08/13/2014 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/12/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/10/2014 Hartford CT Comcast Theatre 08/09/2014 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain 08/08/2014 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 08/06/2014 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 08/05/2014 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/03/2014 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 08/02/2014 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 08/01/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 07/26/2014 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/25/2014 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 07/23/2014 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 07/22/2014 West Palm Beach FL Cruzan Amphitheatre 07/20/2014 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 07/19/2014 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 07/18/2014 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 07/16/2014 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 07/15/2014 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 07/13/2014 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 07/12/2014 Austin TX Austin360 Amphitheater 07/09/2014 Phoenix AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion 07/08/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 07/06/2014 Chula Vista CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 07/05/2014 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 07/03/2014 Wheatland CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 07/02/2014 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 06/29/2014 Auburn WA White River Amphitheatre 06/27/2014 Ridgefield WA Sleep Country Amphitheater 06/25/2014 Denver CO Pepsi Center 06/23/2014 West Valley City UT USANA Amphitheatre 04/03/2014 Highland CA San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino 01/25/2014 Los Angeles CA Dodger Stadium
KISS Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/12/2013 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 11/08/2013 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 10/24/2013 Tokyo Nippon Budokan 10/23/2013 Tokyo Nippon Budokan 10/21/2013 Osaka ?? Osaka-Jo Hall 10/19/2013 Chiba ?? Makuhari Messe 09/21/2013 Osaka ?? Osaka-Jo Hall 08/18/2013 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 08/16/2013 Orlando FL Amway Center 08/13/2013 Simpsonville SC Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park 08/12/2013 Portsmouth VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion 08/10/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 08/09/2013 Verona NY Turning Stone Casino 08/07/2013 Gilford NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 08/04/2013 St. John's NL Mile One Centre 08/03/2013 St. John's NL Mile One Centre 08/01/2013 Halifax NS Halifax Metro Centre 07/31/2013 Saint John NB Harbour Station 07/29/2013 Montreal QC Bell Centre 07/27/2013 London ON Budweiser Gardens 07/26/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/25/2013 Kanata ON Canadian Tire Centre 07/23/2013 Sudbury ON Sudbury Arena 07/20/2013 Cadott WI Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds 07/18/2013 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 07/18/2013 Cadott WI Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds 07/17/2013 Brandon MB Keystone Centre 07/16/2013 Regina SK Brandt Centre 07/14/2013 Saskatoon SK Credit Union Centre 07/13/2013 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 07/12/2013 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 07/10/2013 Lethbridge AB Enmax Centre 07/08/2013 Kelowna BC Prospera Place 07/06/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 07/05/2013 Victoria BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre 06/22/2013 Arrondissement de Cholet Pay Clisson 06/22/2013 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/21/2013 Clisson Loire-atlantique Val de Moine 06/21/2013 Arrondissement de Cholet Pay Clisson 06/20/2013 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 06/18/2013 Milan LM Mediolanum Forum 06/12/2013 Berlin BE Waldbuhne 06/01/2013 Solna AB Friends Arena
KISS Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/27/2012 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle 11/18/2012 Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena 11/17/2012 Sao Paulo Anhembi Stadium 11/17/2012 Sao Paulo SP Arena Anhembi 11/13/2012 Asuncion Jockey Club 11/12/2012 Asuncion Jockey Club 11/07/2012 Buenos Aires ?? River Plate Stadium 10/31/2012 Miami FL Norwegian Pearl 10/27/2012 Denver CO Grizzly Rock 10/01/2012 Monterrey ?? Arena Monterrey 09/29/2012 Mexico City Dif Foro Sol 09/23/2012 Hartford CT Comcast Theatre 09/22/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 09/21/2012 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 09/19/2012 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 09/18/2012 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain 09/16/2012 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 09/15/2012 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 09/13/2012 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 09/12/2012 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 09/11/2012 Allegan MI Allegan County Fair 09/08/2012 East Troy WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre 09/07/2012 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 09/05/2012 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 09/04/2012 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 09/02/2012 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 09/01/2012 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 08/31/2012 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 08/29/2012 Saint Paul MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 08/27/2012 Maryland Heights MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 08/26/2012 Tulsa OK BOK Center 08/24/2012 Mack CO Country Jam USA Campground - Grand Junction 08/19/2012 Ridgefield WA Sleep Country Amphitheater 08/18/2012 Auburn WA White River Amphitheatre 08/16/2012 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 08/14/2012 Irvine CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - CA 08/12/2012 Chula Vista CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 08/11/2012 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Events Center 08/11/2012 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Events Center 08/10/2012 Phoenix AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion 08/08/2012 Englewood CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre 08/07/2012 Albuquerque NM Isleta Amphitheater 08/05/2012 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 08/04/2012 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 08/03/2012 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 08/01/2012 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 07/31/2012 Pelham AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 07/28/2012 Tampa FL MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds 07/27/2012 West Palm Beach FL Cruzan Amphitheatre 07/25/2012 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 07/24/2012 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 07/22/2012 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 07/21/2012 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 07/20/2012 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live
KISS Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 07/28/2011 Verona NY Turning Stone Casino 07/27/2011 Windsor ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor 07/26/2011 Rama ON Casino Rama 07/24/2011 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 07/18/2011 Springfield IL Prairie Capital Convention Center 07/15/2011 Walker MN Moondance Festival Grounds 07/13/2011 Bushkill PA Mt Laurel Pocono Mountain Performing Arts Center 07/12/2011 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 07/09/2011 Grand Falls-Windsor NL Centennial Field 07/06/2011 Sarnia ON Centennial Park Ontario 07/02/2011 Fort McMurray AB MacDonald Island Park 06/30/2011 Dawson Creek BC EnCana Events Centre 06/29/2011 Prince George BC CN Centre 06/27/2011 Abbotsford BC Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre 06/26/2011 Kamloops BC Interior Savings Centre 06/24/2011 Spokane WA Spokane Arena 06/23/2011 Everett WA Comcast Arena at Everett 05/29/2011 West Sacramento CA Raley Field 03/17/2011 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
KISS Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 11/06/2010 Portage PA Sundance Lounge 09/26/2010 Fontana CA Auto Club Speedway 09/25/2010 Fontana CA Auto Club Speedway 09/24/2010 Phoenix AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion 09/22/2010 Sandy UT Rio Tinto Stadium 09/19/2010 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 09/18/2010 Frisco TX Toyota Stadium 09/17/2010 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 09/12/2010 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 09/11/2010 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 09/10/2010 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 09/04/2010 Saint Paul MN Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 09/03/2010 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 09/02/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 08/31/2010 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 08/29/2010 Raleigh NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek 08/28/2010 Charlotte NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 08/27/2010 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 08/21/2010 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 08/20/2010 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/19/2010 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 08/17/2010 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 08/15/2010 Scranton PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain 08/14/2010 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 08/13/2010 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 08/10/2010 Sault Ste Marie ON Essar Centre 08/09/2010 Indianapolis IN Indiana State Fairgrounds 08/07/2010 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/07/2010 Atlanta GA Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood 08/06/2010 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 07/31/2010 Hershey PA Hersheypark Stadium 07/30/2010 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 07/29/2010 Burgettstown PA First Niagara Pavilion 07/24/2010 Minot ND North Dakota State Fair 07/23/2010 Cheyenne WY Cheyenne Frontier Days 06/05/2010 Buffalo NY Coca-Cola Field