It sure seems as though Kiss will be following the lead of the Rolling Stones and the Eagles by bringing back former members for cameos while on tour. During a chat with Philadelphia’s Fox news affiliate, WTXF, co-founder Paul Stanley spoke frankly about the band’s 2019 “End Of The Road” world tour — which may span a full three year touring cycle: “It really is like a victory lap. It would be very easy for us to do a tour and then over a year or two later just go ‘Ah we’re not going to go out anymore,’ but we deserve to go out and to have a final goodbye and to do things in a style that only we can.”
In regards to the former members of Kiss — Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Vinnie Vincent, and Bruce Kulick — appearing over the course of the tour, Stanley revealed, “There’s no reason that I would rule anything like that out because this really (is) a celebration of what the band has accomplished, not any lineup, not any individual but over the past 45 years or so, people have come and gone and people have been a part of it and to exclude people, I don’t see a reason to.”
On June 4th, 2019, Paul Stanley will publish his second memoir, titled, Backstage Pass: The Starchild’s All-Access Guide To The Good Life via the HarperOne imprint. The book marks Stanley’s followup to his critically acclaimed bestselling 2014 memoir, Face The Music: A Life Exposed.
Stanley explained to us that if his first book, the confessional Face The Music, was going to follow the pattern of some of the other rock memoirs he’s read, he would’ve passed on writing it all together: [“I think I took a tact different than a lot of these books. Y’know, rock n’ roll autobiographies tend to be a love letter — to the author. And they tend to be about how smart and creative and how this person was responsible for the creation of the world. And if that were the tact for the book, I never would’ve written the book.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . written the book)
Kiss will next perform on “The Kiss Kruise,” which runs from October 31st through November 5th on board Miami’s Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Jade.
In addition to Kiss, former members Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick will appear along with Vintage Trouble, the Dead Daisies, Magnetico, the New Roses, and Hard Day’s Night – Tribute to The Beatles.
- Just released is Kiss‘ latest vinyl box set, Kiss: The Solo Albums – 40th Anniversary Collection, a limited-edition 180-gram four-LP box set. Pre-orders are being taken for the limited run of 2,500 vinyl box sets, available exclusively through the band’s webstore (https://www.shopkissonline.com) and The Sound of Vinyl (https://SOV.lnk.to/KISSSoloAlbumsText).
- According to the press release: “Each heavyweight 180-gram LP features a unique color to match its associated cover art; Gene Simmons appears in red vinyl, Paul Stanley sports purple vinyl, Ace Frehley contains blue vinyl, and Peter Criss is in green vinyl. All four albums are housed together in a deluxe black-matte slipcase that features glossy black images of the four artists’ faces surrounding a silver-foil print of the infamous Kiss logo.”
- Also included are four 12-by-12-inch posters of each album cover, plus an exclusive turntable slipmat that shows all four of artist Eraldo Carugati’s iconic, painted album-cover face images all connected together
- In the product description for Paul Stanley‘s Backstage Pass: The Starchild’s All-Access Guide To The Good Life on Amazon.com, the book will be more a lifestyle guide than the gut-wrenching confessional of his first book: “In this follow-up to his popular bestseller Face The Music, the ‘Starchild’ takes us deeper into his personal life and his home today — life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family, (what) he’s learned from a lifetime at the frontman of the iconic band Kiss, and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life — from the business to parenting to health and happiness. kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office.
- The description goes on to say: “Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows. (The book shares) his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.”
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss on August 9th, 1995 performing “Sure Know Something” live on MTV Unplugged: