May 08, 2010
Once seen, never forgotten, Kiss have always been instantly recognisable thanks to their outlandish costumes - complete with eight-inch heels and their distinctive make-up.

The band was formed in New York in 1973 and soon settled on the line-up of Paul Stanley on guitar, Gene Simmons on bass, Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Peter Criss on drums.

After various changes of personnel the original quartet reunited briefly and in 2006 were honoured at the first annual VH1 Rock Honors event.

2008 saw Kiss with Tommy Thayer on lead guitar as the new Spaceman and Eric Singer as drummer and Catman, along with remaining founder-members Simmons and Stanley, headlining festivals and playing to a record 400,000 people.

Then the unthinkable happened, after a decade of saying they never wanted to do new recordings, they announced they were releasing a brand new album with "a real 70s Kiss sound".

Sonic Boom contains 11 tracks including the shattering opener Modern Day Delilah and is a real return to form.

This is the band's first UK arena tour in more than a decade and using elements from their Kiss Alive 35 US tour, is a fresh new show tailored to European fans and showcasing the new album.

"The Kiss Alive 35 Tour was just the start," explains Paul Stanley.

"Sonic Boom Over Europe leaves that show in the dust.

"New stage, new setlist, new outfits, new album!

"We're covering the whole musical history of the band on a stage that takes Kiss one giant step further in our eight inch heels. You wanted the best? You GOT the best!"

Simmons agrees.

"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."

Kiss will be blasting the stage of the MEN Arena on Monday night.