August 19, 2010
BY SUSAN BARDENHAGEN for the News & Messenger
Photos by Spiro Papadatos for KISSonline

This Saturday, KISS proclaims their "Hottest Show on Earth" tour at Jiffy Lube Live at an early showtime of 6:30 pm.

The KISS Army has three generations now who will arrive in the four bandmates' makeup, costumes, and platform shoes.

If you are intrigued by fire-breathing bass players, literally smoking guitars (not just Tommy Thayer's riffs) and Gene Simmons' blood spitting off his infamous tongue, you will be thrilled.

Even though their Psycho Circus tour was 12 years ago, you may still witness Paul Stanley and his guitar on trapeze or Tarzan style, Simmons and his bass in the rafters, and Eric Singer and his drum kit transported on the platform above stage 3D style. You won't need special glasses for these special effects either.

Ten days after Saturday's concert, a new CD "Icon", will be released with 12 tracks and Simmons promises "KISSology 4" is in the works, too.

During their KISS Alive/35 tour of last year, Sonic Boom, their 19th studio album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. It is only available at WalMart and includes the title CD of 11 new tracks, another CD of 15 KISS Klassics performed by the current line-up in 2007, and a DVD of their live show in Buenos Aires. The liner notes booklet also includes lyrics for the new songs so you can prepare for Saturday's show.

Simmons, Stanley, and Thayer are all listed as lead vocalists and each solos with back-up vocals by the others for choruses.

"Russian Roulette" is an awesome Simmons' penned metal piece with Hendrix-sounding guitar riffs and sonic bass leads. "All for the Glory" has great three-way harmonized vocals and, like "Danger Us" and "Say Yeah" is destined to become a KISS Klassic.

The six tracks on the DVD are reminiscent of the recent Oct. 13, 2009 concert at the Verizon Center, just larger crowds in the tens of thousands. The footage is clear, crisp, and just itching- "Calling Dr. Love" - for surround sound and wide screen.

The "Farewell Tour" of 2000-01 only said goodbye to lead guitarist, Ace Frehley. His last gig was in February of 2002 when the band was part of the Salt Lake City's finale of the Olympics. Thayer took over that March and our area's KISS Army saw them at Nissan Pavilion co-headlining with Aerosmith in 2003 and with Poison in 2004.

Sonic boom can help you get ready for seeing either mini-KISS fans or large fans costumed from head-to-toe or any part thereof.

For the KISS Army, it's never enough.