KISS Rocks Vegas
Las Vegas visitors can finally live their dream to rock 'n' roll all night and party every day when rock legends KISS take the stage at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in their first Vegas resident show."What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it," said Gene Simmons, founding member of KISS. "We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino."The self-titled show, KISS Rocks Vegas, will shatter the roof of The Joint inside the Hard Rock on select dates between Nov. 5 and Nov. 23. The Joint has witnessed eye-melting, ear-shattering resident shows recently from Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard, but KISS is expected to set a new standard with its signature elaborate set designs, intense pyrotechnics and rockin' set list."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!" exclaimed Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking for AEG Live Las Vegas.KISS recently cemented their iconic status when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. That was followed in May with the release of "KISS 40," a two-disc anthology that features one track from each of the band's studio and live albums as well as tracks from each of the original band member's 1978 solo albums and compilation cuts.KISS began their rock 'n' roll domination in 1974 with their self-titled debut album. The band was created by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who later brought in Peter Criss and Ace Frehley -- a lineup that would change several times over the years. By 1975, the group had released three albums and had toured America constantly, building up a large fan base."Alive!" was the album that made the band superstars; it climbed into the Top 10 and its accompanying single, "Rock and Roll All Nite," made it to No. 12. Their follow-up, "Destroyer," was released in 1976 and became the group's first platinum album, based on the strength of the Top 10 ballad "Beth."Throughout the '70s and early '80s KISS was larger than life, with two huge-selling Marvel Comics, pinball machines, board games and a network TV movie. The band's many hit songs include "Lick It Up," "Detroit Rock City," "I Was Made for Loving You," "Calling Dr. Love," "Beth," "Shout It Out Loud," "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Heaven's on Fire" and more. In 1983 KISS ditched their makeup for "Lick It Up," an album that spawned the hit title track. While KISS continued to release albums and tour -- now sans makeup -- the band struggled with its identity.On Feb. 28, 1996, KISS returned in force and full makeup with an appearance on the 38th Grammy Awards that kicked off a reunion tour that set records that year. Through the rest of the '90s and into the new millennium, KISS has continued to put out new albums, tour and stir up controversy.With 28 U.S. gold albums as well as 100 million albums sold around the world, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley together with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer continue to add to the legacy of KISS.