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 http://www.mileonecentre.com, http://www.livenation.com and http://www.evenko.ca