KISS coming to St. John’s

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It’s been confirmed that legendary rock group KISS is coming to St. John’s this summer as part of an Atlantic tour to promote the band’s latest CD, Monster.

The group will perform four shows in Atlantic Canada — Wednesday, July 31 at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B., Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Halifax Metro Centre and Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 at Mile One Centre in St. John's. Special guest for the tour is Shinedown.

January 2013 marked four decades since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, then members of a band called Wicked Lester, joined up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley to form KISS.

Forty years later, having racked up 28 U.S. gold albums, along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Simmons and Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever. Released through Universal Music Enterprises, Monster is the 20th studio album in their historic career.

The 12-song, plus bonus track, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album features collaborations from all four members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game. Monster is the group’s first studio album since the band’s 2009 smash success, Sonic Boom.

“We weren’t interested in making just a great KISS album, but a great rock album that lived up to the bands we loved growing up,” said Stanley, “the ones who got us to play music in the first place.”

Monster represents KISS’ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions.

With the same lineup that also played on 2009’s Sonic Boom, Monster is a true KISS band effort, with all four contributing to the writing and everyone getting a turn at lead vocals. This is an album that immediately does for the new century what great KISS discs like Destroyer did for the ’70s, Creatures of the Night the ’80s and Revenge the ’90s.

“In many ways, this band started as a fantasy and evolved into a flesh-and-blood entity,” said Stanley. “The fact is, we’re not cartoon characters. We’re real people who have spent 40 years doing what we believe in. The makeup of those personas is part of what we are, but underneath, we’re human beings.”

“We’re about authenticity,” said Simmons, the mastermind of not just the band’s music but a multi-million-dollar merchandising empire that includes everything from coffee- table books to coffins. “The KISS Army is ruthless. They’d skewer us if we put out records that weren’t great. We pushed ourselves on this album, to make not just ourselves but our fans proud. We try to hit a home run every swing we take. If we’re going to win, win big.”

Tickets for KISS in St. John's go on sale this Saturday, April 6 at noon. Tickets range in price from $83 to $98 (including tax and applicable surcharge) and will be available at the Mile One Centre box office, by phone at (709) 576-7657 and online at, and

For KISS VIP packages, fan club memberships and complete tour and ticket information, visit:, and



Organizations: Harbour Station, Halifax Metro Centre

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, St. John's, U.S. Saint John

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  • Barry Green
    April 03, 2013 - 22:26

    Shinedown is AMAZING.... worth the show alone :-)

  • B
    April 03, 2013 - 17:24

    Second row!! KISS and Shinedown.....awesome!

  • Rockman
    April 03, 2013 - 01:29

    I got soaked at the KISS Concert at the Salmon Fest and lost me voice for about 3 days after the show from Shouting It Out Loud!!! This concert was just awesome!!! Only seen a few people leave the show because of the rain and it was mostly younger BEIBBOBBERS whom I guess were afraid too get their hair wet. The price of the ticket was an excellent value too see a band of this caliber and worth every cent of it and more. Some bands just really overcharge for their shows. KISS was also one of the most fun concerts I ever saw and I am so glad to see that they never forget us from the last time they were here. Their not a one shot deal like some others. So they are apparently coming again for another two shows and I'm sure they are gonna sell out very fast. I'm gonna be there for sure too see these Musical Gods and Legends preform! Can't wait.

  • Rosalie Simon
    April 02, 2013 - 11:31

    Me and my fiancé Jason hogan love listening to Justin Beiber. I'm 33 and Jason is 32. Add us to Facebook

  • jimmy
    April 02, 2013 - 09:58

    A classic band with a huge following that will fill mile one two nights in a row, guarenteed. No doubt shannon and gene will stick around a bit after for a little island time. If ya don't like it don't go watch it. Obviously promoters know who to bring in to sell out.

    • Ozzo
      April 02, 2013 - 12:42

      hate to burst your bubble Jimmy, Gene had a car waiting for his last note at Salmonfest to get him to the Gander airport A.S.A.P. Shannon did shoot an episode of ROD while here, but Gene had as much time for NL as he did potted meat sandwiches.

    • sorry ozzo
      April 02, 2013 - 14:04

      Ozzo, the whole band stayed at the Mount Peyton, no limo straight to the airport for anybody...

  • dan
    April 02, 2013 - 09:36

    Awesome, get yer face paint on!

  • drew
    April 02, 2013 - 09:29

    Hey Dan.....if you don't like the acts, do us all a favour and leave your sorry ass home. If you want to see Bieber, save up your piggy bank and just go...K?

  • linda
    April 02, 2013 - 09:13

    kiss..again...!!they were in for the salmom festivel wasnt they,,i agree with the above comments!!what a joke...!!

  • Sarah
    April 02, 2013 - 09:12

    20 years too late....washed up....and over priced!

  • Saucy Face
    April 02, 2013 - 08:38

    Young acts don't come here or any other place in Atlantic Canada or similar regions because most of them are just flash in the pan fad acts; they only play large cities so they can make the money while they can. Do you honestly think that the Beibers and Ga Ga's of the world will be even remembered in 10 years, let alone touring? Don't don't so.

  • ken
    April 02, 2013 - 08:37

    seen kiss at salmonfest... awesome despite the weather. in agreement with others though, some bands that have not been here would be great also, such as Van Halen, U2, Metallica or even get Bon Jovi or Rush back to THE ROCK!

  • Stan Hope
    April 02, 2013 - 08:00

    Whoop-de-doo, perhaps Blue Rodeo can open, Hey Rosetta, Leonard Cohen, or Charley Pride - all bands we haven't seen yet..................this month. Bring someone we haven't seen before. Maybe a light will 'shinedown' on someone.

  • Dan
    April 02, 2013 - 07:34

    It would be nice for promoters to start bringing in stuff to this island that appeals to a younger audience. It seems to me they are only bringing in what they want to see. I'm nearly 30 years old and I do not listen to Sting, Kiss, Eagles, Blue Rodeo and the list goes on....

    • Danny
      April 02, 2013 - 14:01

      The worse concert ever seeing washed up KISS play @ Salmonfest :-( .seeing ppl peeing ,male & female around you & pouring rain.yuup wasted $100 bucks