Interview with Gene Simmons- KISS Returns to Toledo tonight!

Rock Legend Gene Simmons to Play with KISS at Huntington Center tonight!

by Jeff McGinnis / www.toledocitypaper.com

There is little that Gene Simmons hasn’t seen or done. He has spent over 40 years as the bass player, co-lead singer and face (painted or not) of one of music’s most legendary bands: KISS. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. 30 gold records earned, recognized by the RIAA as the most ever by an American band. A loyal army of fans who would follow KISS to the ends of the earth— literally, if they choose to buy the official KISS Kasket from their website.

Despite it all, though, one gets the sense that there is something special to Simmons and his bandmates as they travel the country this summer with the “Freedom to Rock” tour— 40 shows aimed at smaller markets that KISS has never played, or hasn’t played in a long time. The group will take to the stage at the Huntington Center on August 24, returning to Toledo for the first time in 15 years.

“We decided, this tour, to team up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and to make sure that we hire vets locally, at every one of the stops, of these 40 dates that we’re doing. And the vets get paid, and they help our road crew put on the greatest show on earth.

But the other thing is that we decided not to tour the major cities. When we first started, we played in places most people had never heard of. Bowling Green, Mankato, cities with real people. The buildings may not be as tall as New York or Chicago, but cool people live there, too. It’s not the buildings that define a cool city, it’s the people.”



On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), DVD+2LP ($39.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).

Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.

The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and an exclusive CD.

“We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.” - Paul Stanley
“KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.” -Gene Simmons



KISS Singer-Guitarist Paul Stanley Reflects on the Band's Remarkable 40-Year Run

By / www.clevescene.com

Photo by Keith Leroux for KISSonline.

After more than 40 years of being a band, hard as it is to believe, there are still cities that KISS hasn’t played. With its current Freedom To Rock tour, it’s marking some of those places off the list, playing dates in four cities that, prior to this year, had never had a single KISS tour date on the schedule.

The rest of the tour, including stops this week in Youngstown and Toledo, brings the band back to markets it hasn’t played in a decade or longer.

Talking via phone from a Des Moines tour stop, singer-guitarist Paul Stanley explains that they’re retracing some of their earliest steps on this current run of dates, traveling the highways and byways that took the band from town to town and city to city when they were first working to make things happen and find success as a group in the early ‘70s.

“The majority of [these cities] are places that we played closer to the beginning of the band, that really helped us become who we are,” he says. “A lot of the cities that we played, most bands flew over on their way from L.A. to New York. We came about in a time where people really ignored a lot of the more blue collar and Middle America cities and we made a name for ourselves by going in there and playing. Nobody decides where they’re born, nobody chooses where they’re born and everybody deserves the same treatment and music. So that’s really where we cut our teeth. To be able to go back is something very special for us. The reviews, the response of the audience, everything has been stellar. I mean, I don’t know the last time we got such glowing acceptance and reviews from both fans and press. So we’re doing something right and we’re doing it full tilt.”

Fans who are coming out to see their very first KISS show can expect a setlist that will cover a good cross-section of the many different eras. There’s a heavy dosage of ‘70s favorites like “Shout It Out Loud,” “God of Thunder” “Cold Gin” and “Deuce.” They dip into the ‘80s for “I Love It Loud” and “Lick It Up,” and there are a few cuts that veer off the traditional beaten path of well-known hits, particularly the rarely played Destroyer-era nugget “Flaming Youth.”

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