On this day in KISSTORY - May 4, 1990, KISS opened their Hot In The Shade Tour in Lubbock, Texas. KISS performed over 130 shows on the Tour, their last with Eric Carr.

Here's a clip of "Shout It Out Loud" from the Detroit stop on the Hot In The Show Tour.



On this day in KISSTORY - May 3, 2002, KISS joined Dick Clark on ABC TV to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand.


Tommy Thayer: The Epiphone Interview

Rock and Roll Dreams and the New White Lightning Les Paul

Tommy Thayer grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and like most kids, he quickly fell in love with rock and roll ("I went and saw literally every rock band that came to town"). But unlike most of us, Tommy grew up to join KISS and travel the world playing guitar. Tommy has been part of the Epiphone family since 2013 when he released his first signature instrument, the Ltd. Ed. Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul. As we expected, the "Spaceman" quickly sold out. So, the arrival of Tommy's second signature Les Paul, the Ltd. Ed. "White Lightning," is certainly cause for celebration here at the House of Stathopoulo. "After many months of planning, I've come up with the ultimate Les Paul that is the true signature guitar for me," said Thayer on his website, "I've been blessed to have the opportunity to play this guitar on the biggest stages and largest venues in the world."

Epiphone caught up with Tommy on the eve of his new guitar and new tour with KISS who this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut album.


Since we last spoke with you, KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

Thanks. I think it's something that everyone in the KISS family is proud of. I know I am.

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