Thursday, February 21, 2013

KISS Coming Back To Halifax In August | Photo: TED PRITCHARD

Metro will once again be Halifax Rock City when greasepainted rock legends Kiss return to the region this summer.

Bassist Gene Simmons jumped the love gun and posted Canadian tour dates on his personal website on Thursday.

The coast-to-coast trek features three Atlantic shows: Saint John, N.B., on July 31, Halifax on Aug. 1 and St. John’s, N.L., on Aug. 3, for what will likely be a series of indoor concerts, their first here since performing on the Halifax Commons in 2009, one week after an appearance by Paul McCartney.

At press time, the shows had not been posted on the band’s official tour schedule. only includes dates for the band’s March tour of Australia and a June trip through Europe.

Much like Rush’s recent announcement of its July 12 show at the Halifax Metro Centre in an email to its fans, Simmons posted the dates before the show has been officially made public by a promoter or venue.

A spokesperson for the Metro Centre says they can’t confirm that Kiss is coming, but a sellout night with the Gods of Thunder would be a notable event in the calendar for its 35th anniversary year.

Before the Commons concert, Kiss previously appeared twice at the Halifax Forum, on its Alive! tour in 1976 with Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, and kicking off its Love Gun tour in 1977 with Cheap Trick.

The band was scheduled to play Sydney’s Centre 200, the Halifax Metro Centre and Moncton Coliseum on its 1990 Hot in the Shade tour, but the shows were cancelled, reportedly due to an injury suffered onstage by singer-guitarist Paul Stanley in Pennsylvania.