KISS Alive/35 World Tour
Hard rock band KISS will be celebrating 35 years of success by embarking on their world tour “KISS Alive/35 World Tour”, with the kick-off performance in Melbourne, Australia on 16 March 2008. This will be their first tour since 2004 and fans are waiting in eager anticipation to hear the words: “You wanted the best. You got the best. The hottest band in the world” – memorable words which have opened every KISS concert.
Musicians Paul Stanley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (lead vocals and bass guitar), Peter Criss (drums and vocals) and Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) were the original line-up of KISS. Formed in 1973 in New York City, KISS soon became known for their make-up and costumes, as well as their live performances which featured blood spitting, fire-breathing, pyrotechnics and smoking guitars. Their fan base grew in number and in their 35-year career, KISS have been awarded 24 gold albums with worldwide sales exceeding 90 million albums.
Although fans may not be aware of the symbolism behind the face painting, each band member chose their make-up design based on comic book style characters for a reason. Gene Simmons chose the Demon as his character to reflect his cynicism and the dark elements in his personality. Paul Stanley is the Starchild due to his reputation for being a hopeless romantic and starry-eyed lover. Ace Frehley as the Spaceman was a reference to his being spaced out. Peter Criss, believing that he must have nine lives in order to have survived his rough childhood, chose Catman as his character.
Toward the end of the 90s Peter Criss and Ace Frehley left KISS and have been replaced with Eric Singer (drums) and Tommy Thayer (lead guitar). Together with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, this is the line-up of KISS that will be touring the world. After three concerts in Australia – Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney – KISS head off to Wellington, New Zealand for a concert on 22 March 2008. The European leg of the KISS Alive/35 World Tour starts off in Oberhausen, Germany on 9 May 2008, followed by Munich, Germany on 11 May. Performances follow in quick succession in Austria, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, back to Germany for a performance in Hamburg, Czech Republic, back to Germany for performances in Berlin and Mannheim, England, Netherlands, France, and yet again back to Germany for a performance in Stuttgart and finishing off in Spain on 21 June 2008. KISS are also planning tours of the United States, South America and Japan later in the year.
They may have been on the music scene for 35 years, but judging by ticket sales for the KISS Alive/35 World Tour, KISS have not lost their appeal.