Kiss Tickets for Sale

KISS has been touring the last few years, but in 2012 they are back with something else, a new album. The album Monster is being released under KISS records and is going to be released during the summer, right in the midst of the Tour, a simple name for a massive tour with KISS headlining and Motley Crue as the opening act. KISS tickets will certainly be a massive draw this summer, if not for the new tracks from the album then for the opener.

The new album has yet to release a new single, but if the previous album is any indication then the album is going to be a straight forward rock album. This time each of the band members has had a say in the writing of the new tracks. Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer have hinted that the new album is actually going to be a bit heavier than the last, but remain a "meats and potatoes" recording. Monster will have 13 tracks and a single is upcoming.

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In 1971 lead singer and bass guitarist Gene Simmons and backup singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley were struggling to find success as Wicked Lester. The group had a record deal, but repeated failures to sell albums. This abject failure led to the creation of one of the signature rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s. One that would become known for its concert tickets to insanely entertaining live shows, KISS.

The duo began building KISS with a talent search. First, they found drummer Peter Criss in an ad placed in Rolling Stone. Inspired by theatrical rock acts like Slade and the New York Dolls, the now trio adopted the practice of wearing makeup and adding pyrotechnics to their stage show. KISS became whole when they found lead guitarist Ace Frehley through an audition process. The groups demonic persona helped sell concert tickets, land them manager Bill Aucion, and a record contract by 1973.

The group's first three album, Kiss, Hotter Than Hell, and Dressed to Kill, barely broke the Gold standard and did little to help its struggling music label. While the group struggled on vinyl, they ruled live. The label took the live show KISS fans paid good money for and made it into a live album that would start the group's domination of the late 1970s.

Destroyer was followed by Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, and Dynasty. Each attained platinum status and each moved the KISS closer to rock-god status. Simmons, a.k.a. the Demon, Stanley, a.k.a. Starchild, Frehley, a.k.a. Spaceman, and Criss, a.k.a. Catman had become a huge act whose tickets could sell out in seconds. However, the band management kept pushing for bigger and bigger promotion. Four solo albums were disastrously released on the same day, an amusement park was rumored but never built, and a movie flopped.

Tensions also tore at the success. Criss became upset and his drumming skills declined. In 1979 he left the group. Frehley was similarly fed up with a musical direction (concept albums) that he abhorred and soon after he would leave as well. The group tried to keep the departures quiet, but the unrest and altering lineups could not be denied for very long as the group's album sales fell sharply. KISS concert tickets also sold less and less, especially after they stopped wearing makeup and Simmons became more interested in a movie career than a singing career.

KISS managed to rebound a little in album sales despite the misgivings fans had with the direction of the group. Lick It Up, Animalize, and Crazy Nights brought the band back to prominence in the late 1980s. Eventually, after the lineup seemed to change every few months, the group came back with its original lineup. The reunion sold tickets from 1996 to 2000, but eventually old battles tore at the group again and Criss and Frehley left again.

The latest developments from the KISS front have the group now feature Simmons, Stanley, drummer Eric Singer, and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer. This quartet has released Sonic Boom and Monster, two very straight-forward tock albums. The group has also been busy reclaiming its place atop the live performance lists. OnlineSeats has the Kiss tickets to see the band live and as entertaining as ever.

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