John Katsilometes | Las Vegas Sun
Prepare for a case of KISS and tell, rock fans.
“What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it,” KISS founding member Gene Simmons said, tongue in cheek, in a news release today announcing the band’s November residency at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel.
“We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, and one of rock’s most enduring live acts, are celebrating their 40th year as an active band with a set of shows aptly titled “KISS rocks Vegas,” running Nov. 5-23. That’s a total of nine dates.
Show times are 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50 and are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, at AXS.com and by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. VIP ticket and room and show packages also are available at the Hard Rock Hotel website.
Following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in April, for which they refused to perform because of a dispute as to which members would be in the live lineup, KISS released its 40th anniversary CD, “KISS 40,” spanning its entire career.
The band has amassed 28 gold albums and sold 40 million albums in the U.S. and 100 million worldwide. The band’s current lineup are founding members Simmons and Paul Stanley, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
The series is a partnership between the hotel and concert promoter and producer AEG Live. According to today’s release, the production will be “one of the loudest, most over-the-top, nonstop parties at the Joint.”
As in such residencies by Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses, expect flashy sets, a sufficiently high volume of rock and wild pyrotechnics. The setlist promises to be jammed with KISS classics to appease veterans of the KISS Army.
AEG Live Vice President of Booking Bobby Reynolds said, “For 40 years, KISS has been putting on some of the most exciting shows in music, and we finally got them where they should be — Las Vegas at the Joint. We couldn’t be more excited to see what they’re gearing up for!”