Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Get out your make-up–KISS is coming

Posted in Music by Jacob Zinn on August 28, 2009

The last time KISS played Vancouver, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were still members of the band.

It’s been nearly a decade since KISS’s millennium show at BC Place on New Years Eve 1999.

But starting next month, KISS will be touring Canada and the United States for the remainder of 2009. The North American leg of the KISS Alive 35 tour kicks off with two shows in Detroit (Rock City) on September 25 and 26.

On November 14, half of the original KISS returns to BC. The other half just plays and gets paid.

Founding members Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass, backing vocals) are still selling out the KISS brand while Criss and Frehley’s replacements–Tommy Thayer (lead guitar) and Eric Singer (drums)–are along for the ride.

Dates:
Sept. 25 – Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena
Sept. 26 – Detroit, MI – Cobo Arena
Sept. 28 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Sept. 29 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre
Oct. 1 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Oct. 2 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Oct. 3 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 5 – Boston, MA – TD Arena
Oct. 7 – Oshawa, ON – GM Centre
Oct. 9 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Oct. 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center
Oct. 13 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Oct. 16 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
Oct. 17 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center
Oct. 19 – Pensacola, FL – Civic Center
Oct. 21 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 22 – Sunrise, FL – Bankatlantic Center
Oct. 24 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC
Oct. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
Oct. 28 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center
Oct. 29 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Oct. 31 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans City Park
Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Nov. 7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Nov. 9 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
Nov. 10 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
Nov. 12 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – GM Place
Nov. 15 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Nov. 17 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden
Nov. 19 – Sacramento, CA – Arco Arena
Nov. 21 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Nov. 24 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Nov. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Nov. 27 – San Diego, CA – Sports Arena
Nov. 28 – Las Vegas, NV – (Venue TBD)
Dec. 1 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
Dec. 2 – El Paso, TX – UTEP
Dec. 4 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Dec. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 6 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

The tour is partially in support of the bands upcoming 23rd studio album Sonic Boom, out Oct. 6. But with the name “KISS Alive” attached to the tour, the band is sure to play a lot of their biggest hits, looking back 35 years to the KISS Alive! live album.

Fans should expect songs such as “Love Gun,” “Lick It Up,” “God of Thunder” and perhaps a few gems like “Strutter” and “Firehouse.”

On an unrelated note, stocks went up for facepaint manufacturers…

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