We only had a day to wait after the announcement of the 2017 European Tour - KISS have announced that they will be playing 4 UK dates in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and at the O2 Arena in London in May!  Press release is below:-

 

TOUR ADDS
Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK
to
Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland

KISS, America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time in every category, are pleased to announce further Arena shows across Europe in May 2017. Having already announced Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland, KISS now add Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and the UK.

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer slayed the USA across July, August and September 2016 with a SOLD OUT Arena tour. They heard the calls from their European fans and they return for the first time since 2015’s series of SOLD OUT Festival and Arena shows across Europe.

Hot on the heels of the bands 6th sold out KISS KRUISE. The KISS KRUISE Creatures of The Deep saw the KISS ARMY sail from Miami to Cozumel and Grand Cayman for six days of KISS mayhem from the 4th to the 9th November 2016. KISS KRUISE VII is set for 2017…

KISS are one of the most iconic and influential rock acts of all time. The band have released 44 albums and sold over 100 million records worldwide. Consummate live performers, the band’s illustrious career is marked by record breaking global tours. KISS across Europe in 2017 is not to be missed. Visit KISSONLINE.COM for information on Tickets and VIP Packages. 

Dates in black already announced. Further dates in red announced Tues 29th Nov 2016

Mon 1st May 2017 Olympiski, Moscow RUSSIA
Thurs 4th May 2017 Hartwell Arena, Helsinki FINLAND
Sat 6th May 2017 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm SWEDEN
Sun 7th May 2017 Spektrum, Oslo NORWAY
Tues 9th May 2017 Forum Horsens, Horsens DENMARK
Wed 10th May 2017 Scandinavium, Gothenburg SWEDEN
Fri 12th May 2017 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund GERMANY
Sat 13th May 2017 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart GERMANY
Mon 15th May 2017 Pala Alpitour, Torino ITALY
Tues 16th May 2017 Unipol Arena, Bologna ITALY
Thurs 18th May 2017 Olympiahalle, Munich GERMANY
Sat 20th May 2017 BVV, Brno CZECH REPUBLIC
Sun 21st May 2017 Stadthalle, Vienna AUSTRIA
Tues 23rd May 2017 Festhalle, Frankfurt GERMANY
Wed 24th May 2017 Ahoy, Rotterdam HOLLAND
Sat 27th May 2017 SSE Hydro, Glasgow UK
Sun 28th May 2017 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham UK
Tues 30th May 2017 Manchester Arena, Manchester UK
Wed 31st May 2017 o2 Arena, London UK

RUSSIA – presale 11.30am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 10am CET 30th Nov 2016

FINLAND – General onsale 8am CET 5th Dec 2016

SWEDEN - presale 10am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 9am CET 2nd Dec 2016

NORWAY - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

DENMARK - presale 10am CET 30th Nov 2016

GERMANY - presale 10am CET 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016
www.eventim.de
ITALY - presale 9am CET 30th Nov 2016

CZECH REPUBLIC - General onsale 9am CET 2nd Dec 2016

AUSTRIA - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

HOLLAND - presale 10am CET 1st Dec 2016. General onsale 10am CET 2nd Dec 2016

UK - presale 11.30am GMT 29th Nov 2016. General onsale 9am GMT 2nd Dec 2016
www.ticketmaster.co.uk 

KISS Online have announced the first dates of the 2017 Tour! Dates include Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria and Holland. As for the obvious question doing the rounds right now, just remember patience is a virtue...!

May 1, 2017 Olympiski, Moscow RUSSIA
May 4, 2017 Hartwell Arena, Helsinki FINLAND
May 6, 2017 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm SWEDEN
May 7, 2017 Spekrun, Oslo NORWAY
May 10, 2017 Scandinavium, Gothenburg SWEDEN
May 12, 2017 Westfallenhalle, Dortmund GERMANY
May 13, 2017 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart GERMANY
May 18, 2017 Olympiahalle, Munich GERMANY
May 21, 2017 Stadthalle, Vienna AUSTRIA
May 23, 2017 Festhalle, Frankfurt GERMANY
May 24, 2017 Ahoy, Rotterdam HOLLAND

Exclusive KISS ARMY ticket and VIP Pre-Sales begin today. Times & dates vary by country. http://www.kissonline.com/tour

Incredibly it's 25 years since we lost the amazing Eric Carr. Hard to believe that so many years have passed, but Eric is still missed by many KISS fans and his legend holds strong to this day. Below is a great clip of him playing a solo & War Machine from Japan in 1988, RIP Eric.

 

Here's the setlist from the latest show on the Kruise. Very similar to the first night with the exception of Deuce instead of Strutter. Some great songs on there though including Rock and Roll Hell & Keep Me Comin'.

Let's hope some of these make their way to the UK. Shortly...

Creatures of the Night
Keep Me Comin'
Detroit Rock City
Radioactive
Calling Dr. Love
Wouldn't You Like to Know Me
I Love It Loud
Firehouse
Rock and Roll Hell
Cold Gin
Hotter Than Hell
War Machine
Love Gun
God of Thunder
Shout It Out Loud
Black Diamond
Deuce (Strutter on 1st night)
Rock and Roll All Nite

THE DEAD DAISIES ON KISS KRUISE
The Dead Daisies will once again board the KISS Kruise for the ‘Creatures of the Deep’ journey in November.

After a third successful album ‘Make Some Noise’ which has entered the top ten in rock charts globally, the band will be playing the Kruise for the first time with new guitar player Doug Aldrich, famed for his lengthy spell with Whitesnake.

The band completed a month on the road with KISS on their ‘Freedom to Rock’ Tour in September, and will continue through Europe in November and December with a co-headline tour with Irish band ‘The Answer’ kicking off in Aberdeen on the 12th November.

Go to www.thedeaddaisies.com for all the tour information.

As we mentioned back in August, there's a new KISS comic on the way from Dynamite Entertainment. However it turns out there not just one, but two! Dynamite have another comic on the way in January and this time it's called "KISS: The Demon" themed all around Gene. This one is from Erik Burnham and co-written by Amy Chu (who is also responsible for the October release).

KISS The Demon comic

From the press release:

“I am so excited to collaborate on The Demon with friend and fellow writer Erik Burnham. He’s written a ton of great stuff: X-Files, Scarlet Spider, and Ghostbusters for Marvel, IDW, Image, and others,” says co-writer Amy Chu. “I figured this was a great opportunity to tell a really different kind of story, and it’s awesome that Dynamite is letting us do it! Our aim is to build an incredible backstory for the current KISS series, and answer a lot of the origin questions (like, ‘Who is Mr. Blackwell?’), and push the envelope of the KISS comics franchise.”

“KISS has never just been a band. Our comic book history has been long and proud and has spanned decades, and now with Dynamite Entertainment, we intend to go even further,” says Gene Simmons. “When we get a great writer and artist team, we know better than to micromanage. We stay out of the way. Everyone involved wanted to take our personas and do classic KISS comic books, and with Amy Chu writing, this will be an adventure the fans will absolutely love.”

“I will reiterate, Gene is a rock star in every sense, and an incredible storyteller and showman. I couldn’t think of a better way to expand our line of KISS comics than to tackle stories of the individual characters,” said CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “The Demon is one of the most iconic characters in music and comics, and a great candidate for the first spinoff series. The fact that we could keep Amy on-board, co-writing with Erik Burnham and joined by our very own Eman Cassallos, helps continue the quality that we’re establishing with the main KISS series.”

It's hard to believe but it's 20 years ago today since I started KISSin' UK! Shortly after Donington in 1996 I was fed up of not being able to find any UK KISS news online, so I decided to try and do something about it. Back then we didn't even have the kissinuk.com domain, we were based at a Demon address which can still be seen over at the Wayback Machine.

I've been very lucky to be involved with the site for so long and I'm very grateful to everyone who has helped along the way, from people helping with articles, the forum, reviews, photos, competitions and lots more. Pretty sure 20 years now makes us the longest running KISS site under single ownership in the whole world!

Some special shout-outs go to:

  • Everyone who has contributed and helped over the past 20 years, including Dan Bach, Daniel Hill (his NYC article is still to this day one of the most visited pages), Martin Wombwell, Nick Smith, Giorgio, all of Dressed To Kill, Terri Bey, all the forum Mods over the years, Darren Wells, Dino, Keith Leroux, Mike Brandvold and everyone else I've missed!
  • All my family who have helped out through the years, especially my wife Wendy who wrote one of the first reviews on the site from the NEC show in 1996 (which was on her birthday, lucky her!). Plus my sister Michelle for running the show along with Dan Bach many years ago and my daughter & parents for putting up with my obsession.
  • All the friends I've made on the way, KISS fans are without doubt the nicest people you can ever meet anywhere in the world.
  • Every single member of KISS who have inspired me since I became a fan in 1991, Paul, Gene, Ace, Peter, Eric, Vinnie, Mark, Bruce, Eric & Tommy
  • And of course everyone who has visited the site over the years.

Some highlights for me include being invited backstage, attending a backstage party, press conferences, meeting Gene & Shannon on The One Show, Gene's business talk, interviewing the late Mark St John, interviewing Peter and Ace, meeting Bruce and a whole lot more.

I have no idea how long I'll continue the site, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. Cheers!

 

 

What a great start to a bank holiday weekend, KISS Rocks Vegas Blu-Ray and DVD are out today!

1. Detroit Rock City
2. Creatures of the Night
3. Psycho Circus
4. Parasite
5. War Machine
6. Tears are Falling
7. Deuce
8. Lick it Up
9. I Love it Loud
10. Hell or Hallelujah
11. God of Thunder
12. Do You Love Me?
13. Love Gun
14. Black Diamond
15. Shout it Out Loud
16. Rock and Roll All Night

Acoustic:
1. Comin’ Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Hard Luck Woman
4. Christine Sixteen
5. Goin’ Blind
6. Love Her All I Can
7. Beth