KISS are set to play a series of shows all over Europe next year. The glam-rockers will begin the European leg of their huge KISSWORLD 2017 tour with a gig in Moscow on May 1, and conclude with a special show at London’s 02 Arena on May 31.
KISS are one of the biggest rock bands on the planet and have become well known for having some of the most memorable live shows in rock n roll history. The New York four piece are notorious for their elaborate stage set-ups, bizarre supports acts and legendary pyrotechnics.
In a recent interview, bassist Gene Simmons shared his thoughts on the importance of making live performances as magical as possible, stating: “At the end of the day, all that matters is what happens on that stage – that’s electric church. That’s glory hallelujah, all hail rock’n’roll, where people who spend lots of after-tax money come to the show and their girlfriends have been torturing them about where did you go and traffic jams and all that.
“And it’s our job – anyone who gets up on that stage – to create magic time. To make you forget about all that stuff and take you away, so just for those few hours…and then you get back to gravity, and all the chaos that’s out there.”
KISS released their last album ‘Monster’ in 2012. The album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was supported by the singles ‘Hell or Hallelujah’ and ‘Long Way Down’.
News of the upcoming tour has led to speculation as to whether the band will be releasing a new record in the near future. Earlier in the year, frontman Paul Stanley teased fans about a potential follow up to ‘Monster’, stating: “We’re toying – certainly I’m toying – with the idea of doing another album. I think it will happen.”
“The only thing I’m adamant about is that it’s not son of Sonic Boom or son of Monster, or son of any other album. It has to be something fresh, because, initially, the people we’re doing it for are us.”
Here is a full list of dates for the European leg of KISSWORLD 2017:
May 01 2017 – MOSCOW Olympiski
May 04 2017 – HELSINKI Hartwell Arena
May 06 2017 – STOCKHOLM Tele2 Arena
May 07 2017 – OSLO Spekrun
May 10 2017 – GOTHENBURG Scandinavium
May 12 2017 – DORTMUND Westfallenhalle
May 13 2017 – STUTTGART Schleyerhalle
May 18 2017 – MUNICH Olympiahalle
May 21 2017 – VIENNA Stadthalle
May 23 2017 – FRANKFURT Festhalle
May 24 2017 – ROTTERDAM Ahoy
May 27 2017 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
May 28 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
May 30 2017 – MANCHESTER Arena
May 31 2017 – LONDON O2