December 11, 2009
By Kevin Coffey

Get out your armor. Find the grease paint. And don't forget your Kiss Army membership card.

The father of all over-the-top rock 'n' roll shows is on its way to town.

KISS and all of its makeup, fireworks, spouts of flame, flashing lights, fire-breathing, blood and booming guitars will take over the Mid-America Center tonight.

The group is on its "Alive 35" tour, celebrating the anniversary of its live album, "Alive!"

The band is expected to play all the songs from "Alive!" as well as some of its new songs.

That's right, the rockers are still making new music. Released in October, "Sonic Boom" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200, KISS' best debut ever.

Walmart is the sole retailer carrying the album. It comes as a three-disc package: The first disc includes new material, the second has rerecorded versions of old songs, and the third is a DVD of six live videos.

The current tour also will feature a few things old-time KISS fans haven't seen:

"New stage, new battle gear and a pyro arsenal that will again show everyone that there is only one KISS," guitarist and singer Paul Stanley said in a press release.

"For 35 years, Kiss raised the bar for what a rock concert should really be. This year is no different- all new, all killer ... all KISS!" Gene Simmons added. "The master's class in rock is in session! KISS rules."