Tuesday, April 2, 2013

KISS Is Ready To Shout It Out Loud In Regina

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REGINA — KISS is ready to unleash a monster in Canada.

The rock and roll legends confirmed Tuesday that its Monster tour will play 19 dates in Canada this summer, including shows at Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre (July 14) and Regina’s Brandt Centre (July 16).

Tickets for the Regina date will go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 5. Tickets are $80, $100 and $140 (plus applicable fees). Tickets are available by phone (1-855-985-500) and online (www.ticketmaster.ca).

Comprised of Gene Simmons (bass/vocals), Paul Stanley (guitar/vocals), Tommy Thayer (guitar/vocals) and Eric Singer (drums/vocals), KISS is touring in support of Monster, its 20th studio album, which was released on Oct. 9. It’s the first studio album for KISS since Sonic Boom, which was released Oct. 6, 2009. Two singles have been released from Monster — Hell Or Hallelujah and Long Way Down.

To date KISS has sold 100 million albums worldwide. The band has released 43 albums — 20 studio albums, 10 live albums and 13 compilation albums — with 21 albums earning gold status for sales of 500,000 units.

Stanley feels the band is quite capable of meeting the demands of its rabid fan base.

“We’re a band at this point in our career where we can live up to our own legend,” Stanley said in a press release. “Legends can be confining because they’re cloaked in myth. I’ve always maintained that obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goals. If you know where you’re going, you don’t see what’s in your way.

“KISS has always been about attaining whatever we think is possible. It’s about celebrating life and going against the odds for what you believe in. As corny as that may sound, it got me where I am and the naysayers will have to live where they are.”

KISS will come to Canada after 12 shows in Europe in June. The Canadian leg of the tour begins July 5 in Victoria and is scheduled to end on Aug. 4 in St. John’s.

KISS previously played in Saskatchewan on Nov. 10, 2009 at the Credit Union Centre.

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