News - 2012 : August

Aug 07 2012
KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'THE TOUR' will rock the Hard Rock Casino Pavilion in Albuquerque tonight! The summer's biggest, baddest rock tour will level four additional cities this week! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE... On the same stage... On the same night. This spectacle of spectacles!

For tickets, VIP / Meet & Greet packages, and a complete list of tour dates visit

Aug 07 Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aug 08 Comfort Dental Amphitheater - Englewood, Colorado
Aug 10 Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion - Phoenix, Arizona
Aug 11 Mandalay Bay Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 12 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, California
Aug 06 2012
Here's KISS with the Texas KISS Army at last night's show in San Antonio!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 06 2012
KISS and Mötley Crüe offer fired-up visual spectacles, testosterone riffs during explosive show


What goes with hard rock music? Sweat. Fire. Explosions. Roller-coaster drums. Tattoos. Glittery piano. A demon. A catman. A starchild. A spaceman. Screaming fans. Buxom background singers. Spitting guitar picks.

For about two-and-a-half hours Kiss and Mötley Crüe turned up the heat – literally – at a packed Gexa Energy Pavilion Saturday night. The venue’s large ceiling fans worked intermittently, mostly during the Mötley Crüe set. During Kiss they were mostly off, leaving the crowd close to the stage to swelter.

That’s rock ‘n’ roll, eh? Both bands delivered visual spectacles and more testosterone riffs than you could handle. The co-headlining trek, simply dubbed “The Tour,” takes Kiss and Mötley Crüe through 42 US dates, two Mexican gigs and one Canadian concert. They’ll be on the road together through Oct. 1.
Aug 06 2012
Dallas - KISS was joined by Motley Crue and The Treatment for dramatic show.

by Angel Calzada of Arc Digital Photography

Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe walked through the Gexa Energy Pavilion crowd to the stage Saturday night, with the female members riding the shoulders of men in front and behind him. It was an exciting entrance for the packed house at the Mötley Crüe show in Dallas, and it got even more crowded with hard rock fans as KISS finished the night.

The bands on the aptly-named The Tour are traveling to more than 40 cities this summer. British classic rock band The Treatment opened.

Click here to view a photo gallery of highlights from Saturday's concert in Dallas..
Aug 05 2012
Here's KISS with the massive crowd at last night's KISS show in Dallas!

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 04 2012
Here's KISS with the SOLD OUT crowd at the Houston, Texas stop of 'THE TOUR!'

Photo by Dean Snowden for KISSOnline
Aug 04 2012
Here's the KISS Army at last night's show in Houston, Texas!

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Aug 04 2012
By: Ted Hansen

Fire. A catchy tune by the funk band, The Ohio Players, also used as the introduction to the television show “Hell’s Kitchen.” Along with water, air and earth, one of the four classical elements. Something an audience member can expect to see during almost every song played at the KISS and Mötley Crüe concert on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion in Phoenix.

Touted as the summer of 2012’s “biggest, baddest rock tour,” KISS and Mötley Crüe come to Phoenix having combined forces in what most likely will be the biggest pyrotechnic display outside of the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Olympics. There might just be some ear splitting, hard driving, rock and roll as well.

KISS, which features cofounders guitarist Paul Stanley and bass player Gene Simmons, as well as drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, is nearing almost forty years as a group. Their formula for success has been simple. Put on black and white face paint, wear leather outfits and seven inch high heeled shoes, blow things up and pen rock anthems such as “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
Aug 03 2012
Here's the KISS Army celebrating at KISS' show in Louisville, Kentucky Wednesday night!

Photos by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Aug 03 2012

The KISS and Motley Crue concert on Wednesday, August 15th at Shoreline Amphitheatre has been cancelled. Refunds for the Shoreline performance will be made available at point of purchase.

The Sleep Train Pavilion concert on Thursday, August 16th will still take place as scheduled. There are a limited number of tickets available for KISS and Motley Crue at Sleep Train Pavilion online at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Aug 03 2012
Here's KISS rocking Louisville, Kentucky with "Shout it Out Loud!" on Wednesday, August 1st.

Filmed by Keith Leroux for KISSOnline
Aug 03 2012
By: Eric Shirey

better get ready for a "Monster" of a show as KISS stomp into the Metroplex in their seven-inch leather heels this coming Saturday, August 4th. They are assembling the troops of their loyal army at the Gexa Energy Pavilion for a rock 'n roll celebration of the group's 39 years of hits. Motley Crue is supporting the Hottest Band in the World in their attack on the most popular city in the Lone Star State.

KISS has three great reasons to be touring now. Besides the fact that they just love playing live to their millions of fans, the band is promoting a new album entitled "Monster" which comes out in October. Second, the first single, "Hell or Hallelujah," recently released through iTunes and they're giving fans a chance to hear the song live.

Lastly, their multi-platinum album "Destroyer" was recently re-mixed and re-tooled by original producer Bob Ezrin. It's called "KISS - Destroyer: Resurrected" and features the original intended cover art. There are also rare unreleased recordings which were unearthed while Ezrin was working on the new version.

Those are some great reasons for the KISS Army to come together on Saturday and celebrate. Anyone who's seen KISS before will tell you it's an experience not to be missed. The band cuts no corners in providing one of the greatest hard rock spectacles anyone will ever witness.

You can still get tickets for the concert right here. It starts at 7:00PM. Motley Crue and The Treatment are opening the show.

Aug 02 2012
Written by Jeffrey Lee Puckett
Photo by Scott Utterback/The Courier-Journal

Wednesday night's KISS and Motley Crue show at the KFC Yum! Center was so retro that even the opening band, a bunch of 19-year-olds from England, sounded like 1978. There was no escaping the sweet smell of nostalgia although KISS, still dolled up after all these years, embraced the obvious far more readily than the Crue.

KISS did perform a new song from its upcoming album, "Monster," but that was its only nod to 2012. In every other way it could easily have been 40 years ago, from the song selection to Paul Stanley's perfectly dated stage banter.

"I'm not gonna lie to ya," he said after some halfhearted audience participation. "Birmingham was a lot louder!"

Well, to hell with Birmingham. This is Louisville, and we were gonna make Stanley forget he ever set his platform boots in Birmingham. So we got louder and KISS played "Black Diamond" as our reward. That's a deal I'd take any day.
Aug 02 2012
Members of KISS Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer and Paul Stanley showboat in front of the crowd at KFC Yum! Center. Aug. 1, 2012 Scott Utterback/The Courier-Journal
Aug 02 2012
By Alan Sculley

Kiss has never worried about being upstaged by an opening act.

"We've always believed in letting the best bands available go out there and do what they do because it only fires us up that much more," original singer/guitarist Paul Stanley said in a mid-July phone interview. "Our track record is pretty stellar, whether it's, my gosh, Bob Seger, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, early (Mötley) Crüe, John Cougar Mellencamp, AC/DC... The list just goes on and on."

On one of this summer's biggest tours, Kiss will close out an evening that also includes a 80-minute set from co-headliner Mötley Crüe and England's The Treatment. But Stanley knows his band will deliver as well.

"Kiss today is Kiss as I've always wanted it — four guys who get along great, who play fiercely, and are proud of who we are."

Kiss also knows a thing or two about putting together a spectacular live show.
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