ON MISSION TO ROCK THE PLANET
December 03, 2009
By John Dingwall

HALLOWEEN is well past but somebody forgot to tell timeless rockers Kiss as they continue their world tour ... complete with make-up and spandex.

The American rock band, who formed in New York City in 1973, are back on the road and heading to Scotland.

Picture the scene as their fans dig out the six-inch platform boots in a bid to re-live the first time they caught Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons stick out their oversized tongues while noodling on guitar and bass.

Along with session musicians Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, the heavy metal gods will wreak controlled havoc at Glasgow's SECC on May 9 next year.

The Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom tour, including bits of The Kiss Alive 35 Tour, proves heavy metal isn't dead, just comatose from fans drinking too much Horlicks.

Paul, 57, said: "The Alive 35 Tour was just the start. Sonic Boom leaves that in the dust. New stage, new set list, new outfits, new album.

"We're covering the history of the band on a stage that takes Kiss one giant step further in our eight-inch heels."Gene,60, added: "Now, more than ever, Kiss is a four-wheel-drive monster truck. Our mission? To rock Planet Earth. To spread the gospel of Sonic Boom."

Ahem, yes, and with 80 million album sales, who can argue that Kiss remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time.

Throughout their 35-year career, they have established themselves as one of the great live rock acts.

Nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two months ago, Paul insists a new generation are ready for Kiss, thanks to their mums and dads.

"They want to share the experience with their kids," he said. "I love seeing the wonder on kids' faces. It's very gratifying, humbling and exhilarating.

"Everybody is borrowing from us, but they will never be us," said Paul. "It only takes money to have a Kiss-type show, but you will never have Kiss. The Sonic Boom album has gotten reviews I couldn't write better. It is great to have an album out that is undeniably good."

But isn't all that make-up an inconvenience after all these years?

"I liken it to putting on war paint," said Paul. "It is a big part of who we are. If you win the lottery, you don't complain about taxes. When you've been as lucky as we are, there's not much to complain about."