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KISS Announces Some 2018 European Tour Dates

It seems as though the “Hottest Band In The World” that is KISS have announced three European tour dates which will all take place in Spain. There wasn’t much more to the overall announcement so I’ve just pasted the dates for you down below. Should any additional appearances get revealed I will edit this posting to keep you all in the loop. Check them out.

The Limited Tour Dates:
7/07: Barcelona Rock Fest @ Barcelona, Spain
7/08: Wizink Centre @ Madrid, Spain
7/12: Plaza de Toros @ Cordoba, Spain
7/14: Ressurection Festival @ Vivero, Spain

VIP Tickets and meet and greet packages are also available to purchase from the bands website linked below.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add about this one since this is for some European dates but I do hope we get an announcement about some US Touring soon. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen KISS in action and its something that I still enjoy very much. Are you in Spain and reading about these few dates? Will you be in attendance? Let us know in the comments section down below.

Official Website: http://www.kissonline.com

The KISS Kruise WILL Sail Again In 2018!

With these Rock specialty themed cruises becoming more and more prevalent, I’ll be sharing the latest scoop on them as I am made aware and this little bit of news just recently came in about “The KISS Kruise”. Check it out below the striking logo and I’ll return at the close.

The Press Release:
KISS Announces The KISS KRUISE VIII Live From Stage On The Final Night Of The Sold-Out KISS Kruise VII – KISSWORLD at Sea

Atlanta, GA – America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time and iconic Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers, KISS have once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31st 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, FL.. For more information and to register for the pre-sale visit TheKissKruise.com (linked below).

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent return of the sold-out KISS Kruise VII. The KISS Kruise VII left from New Orleans, LA on Norwegian Pearl visiting Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Along the way, the KISS Navy was treated to a first-ever KISS storytellers sail away set as well as 2 full-scale KISS masked concerts in the ship’s indoor Stardust Theater. Joining the musical legends on board were Bruce and Bob Kulick, Extreme, Steel Panther, Derek St. Homes, Big Rock Show, BITERS, Led Zepagain, Hard Day’s Night, Sophie Simmons, The Dives, Jake J and the Killjoys, and Ki.

Beyond the music, 2,300 KISS fans were treated to a wide array of activities led by the band, including: “Kruise Kitchen with Paul Stanley,” “Are You Smarter Than A Rock God with Gene Simmons,” “Name That Solo with Tommy Thayer” and “Drum Off with Eric Singer.” KISS Kruisers were also able to get one to one with rock-n-roll history in the exclusive KISSWORLD Konfidential panel that featured Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Big John Harte, Michael James Jackson and Lydia Criss. Throughout the sailing, the ship fully embodied KISSWORLD with historical costume displays, face painting, a full service tattoo parlor, photo opportunities with KISS memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime chances to mingle with their favorite artists, culminating with each guest receiving a signed commemorative poster and photo with KISS.
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KISS @ Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany (5/23/2017)

Unsere abenteuerliche Reporter Kat Electric wurde weiterhin Ihr live Konzert Beutezüge (oh I’m sorry, let me start that again)….so our adventurous reporter Kat Electric was continuing her live concert forays and brings us along with an overview of the KISS show at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Here we go.

Artist: KISS
Venue: (Germany)
Opener: n/a
Date: 5/23/2017
Label: Universal Music

Written By: Katherine Wilson (copyright 2017) for PiercingMetal.com

So I’ve mentioned only recently that I am in Germany supposedly visiting family, but little do they know they just paid the fare for a one-way ticket to an endless summer of German-style rock ‘n’ roll festivities. I’ve recovered from the legendary Cactus – now…

There was no chance of passing up the opportunity to put my little brother in KISS makeup. Ever since I started liking them, he loathed KISS, but there we were jumping on the subway headed to see the hottest band in the world at the German equivalent of MSG. What can I say? They’re my favorite band, and with good cause. On top of that, they absolutely kill every set without fail.

As usual, they had a grand entrance to “Deuce”. As soon as Paul Stanley was done dancing around, he gave a minute of silence for the victims of the Manchester attack and then the show went on. Every number was high energy rock & roll and individually worth the cost of admission. They ran out “Flaming Youth” from Destroyer which was a bit unusual, but a pleasant surprise. Paul sported a German flag guitar and even asked, “what’s up” in his patented KISS-ish German, “Wie geht’s, people?”. Connecting with his people, he explained that his mother is from Berlin, so being in Germany is like a homecoming for him. As per usual, he did his flying over the crowd routine and put the back of the Festhalle right up first row and in front of the stage for “Psycho Circus,” and “Black Diamond”.

Paul is KISS’s grandest showman for sure, but the competition with Gene Simmons for crowd memories is as intense as ever. Gene raised his demon wings and flew across the stage spitting blood and breathing fire to ecstatic response. Tommy Thayer sang “Shock Me” and shot up the stage with his flaming guitar as if it were ‘79 all over again. Eric Singer did his best Peter Criss by taking lead vocals on “Black Diamond”. There was confetti, more acrobatic playing while hovering over the stage, and it all ended with a great big bang. Pure and perfect KISS.

I’m not too sure what the future has in store for me, but outdoing the crowd for KISS will take a true native. Follow me to the annual Hessen Fest as I experience the Scorpions front row with the two coolest teenage kids.

KISS Set List:
1. Deuce
2. Shout It Out Loud
3. Lick It Up
4. I Love It Loud
5. Firehouse
6. Shock Me
7. Guitar Solo
8. Flaming Youth
9. Bass Solo
10. God of Thunder
11. Crazy Crazy Nights
12. War Machine
13. Say Yeah
14. Psycho Circus
15. Black Diamond
16. Rock and Roll All Nite
17. I Was Made for Lovin’ You
18. Detroit Rock City
19. God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You II @Tape

Official Website: http://www.kissonline.com

“KISS Rocks Vegas” by KISS [Blu-ray/CD]

Artist: KISS
Title: “KISS Rocks Vegas” [Blu-ray/CD]
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

The opening copy of the press release that arrived with this concert video and audio piece asked “Is there ANY live experience like KISS on stage” and to that inquiry I can only say “no, there is nothing else like this” and now I can get into the examination of the upcoming “KISS Rocks Vegas” release that will hit the shelves in about a week. I’ve had the discs for a few days already and watched them a couple of times but also was fortunate enough to see this presented on the big screen at the AMC Empire 25 back in May. Readers who are interested in my topical thoughts on that experience can click on THIS LINK to see what I had to say. Knowing what was to be found on the Blu-ray release makes these words easy and I will try to not be too repetitive.

“KISS Rocks Vegas” comes from the band’s first ever historic residency at “The Joint” in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In my humble opinion, there is probably no better band to see in this kind of setting and since the space would not be arena size it would be interesting to see what kind of show KISS would give their fans. Starting off with the classic opener “Detroit Rock City” the band shows that they still have what it takes to bring you the most exciting show possible. The stage is a dizzying array of screens that bring you right up closer than you would be in the first row and if you have a decent sized television in your home then you are in for a treat. As I said in the film review the tune selections were awesome for me since some long missed tunes were back in the bands set such as “Creatures Of The Night”, “War Machine” and “Tears Are Falling”. I do miss “Firehouse” for the flame splitting by Gene Simmons but I guess I can deal with some change at this point.
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Checking Out “KISS Rocks Vegas” @ AMC Empire 25

Poster - KISS Rocks Vegas at AMC Empire 25

Artist: KISS
Title: “KISS Rocks Vegas” Theatrical Screening
Label: Fathom Events/Eagle Vision
Date: 5/25/2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

Back in 2014, the legendary KISS hosted a nine date residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at their event space known as “The Joint”. It was a great idea because so many other bands were doing these kind of multi-show events in the recent years but let’s face it, there is only one KISS and that made this residency something a whole lot bigger in terms of the entertainment value that the fans who attended were going to get. Now this kind of history making event is awesome for sure but also is not something that everyone can easily get to and afford since it requires much more than your ticket price. Out of town fans need to contend with travel and lodging costs along with food and drink and remember this is Vegas which is a pricy place to raise that Rock and Roll hell. Fortunately, the Hottest Band In The World decided to capture the residency on video for a special big screen showing, a PPV event and an eventual home video release on DVD and Blu-ray. Thanks to the folks at Fathom Events, NYC was going to get a chance to enjoy the film for the price of a movie ticket and would be showing this at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Our theatre was way up on the fifth floor of the place so it came with a bonus escalator ride with some precarious heights as well.
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