KISS and Motley Crüe have teamed up for the ultimate summer tour, and have thankfully not saddled it with a strange name calling it simply ” The Tour”. Rolling Stone says, “after more than 60 combined years on the road, both bands feel comfortable with living up to that title.” KISSonline.com reports tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 24th to The Tour’s stop at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn on August 18th.
Gene Simmons promises, “You will scream your head off until it’s no longer on your shoulder and then you’ll feel great. You’ll be drenched, exhausted, and completely satisfied without ever having anyone touch your schmekel.” KISS and Motley Crue announced ‘The Tour’ today saying “KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are uniting to launch THE TOUR of 2012. The summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour will level 40+ cities nationwide starting July 20th… Rock ‘n Roll doesn’t get any bigger than this! KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE… On the same stage… On the same night.”
The shameless self-promotion continues saying, “Known for their elaborate and spectacular stage shows, each band plans to give fans the ultimate summer concert experience with the most impressive lighting and sound production ever and their signature over-the-top pyrotechnics. This is the first time KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE will share a stage since 1982.”
KISSonline.com notes “With combined album sales of almost 200 million, KISS and MÖTLEY CRÜE are more than just iconic; they remain today as the dominant powerhouses of rock music tallying 30+ chart-topping hits, countless sold out tours and awards and accolades from around the world.” Each band is scheduled to play about 90 minutes and KISS will close every night.
Paul Stanley tells Rolling Stone he hopes the tour will surpass KISS’ reputation as one of the great live acts. “What we’re hoping for, and certainly I am, is whatever people’s expectations are, we blow them out of the water. I want people to hope for the legend that they’ve heard about and find out it’s greater than that. I think that the longer we’re around the more invincible we become.”
Announcing The Tour, KISS frontman Gene Simmons took aim at current pop singers saying, “We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. No fake bullshit. Leave that to the Rihanna, Smhianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A.’”
Motley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx took a more positive route, hoping it inspires young fans to see two bands who’ve persevered in both up and down times. He says, “What I would like to see people take away from it is that if you actually practice your instrument and practice writing songs and put a hundred percent into your show and every aspect of it, from your clothes to your lyrics, if your singers sing, then this is what happens – you have a long career and you get to go out and do the real deal… It’s real rock & roll.”
Tour details, and advance tickets are available at the KISS website. Here’s a look at the press conference announcing The Tour:
Until ‘The Tour’ arrives, enjoy these KISS and Crüe favorites: