Coming on August 26th is the new Kiss Rocks Vegas collection. The set, which was captured during the band’s residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014, is being sold on DVD and CD, Blu-ray and CD, DVD and double LP, and a Deluxe Edition DVD/Blu-ray/two-CD. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set.

Gene Simmons told us that unlike many of their peers, for Kiss’ 2016 summer tour, they’re making secondary markets their priority this time out: [“This July through September, we’re going to take our ‘gigantor’ tour to cities that otherwise would not get the headlines in newspapers. So, Sioux City — y’know, places like that. So, the idea of doing London and Paris and New York, and all the big fancy cities — yeah, that’s fun. But there are hundreds and hundreds of cities throughout North America that just don’t get the respect they should.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . respect they should)

  • The tracklisting for Kiss Rocks Vegas is: “Detroit Rock City,” “Creatures Of The Night,” “Psycho Circus,” “Parasite,” “War Machine,” “Tears Are Falling,” “Deuce,” “Lick It Up,” “I Love It Loud,” “Hell Or Hallelujah,” “God Of Thunder,” “Do You Love Me?,” “Love Gun,” “Black Diamond,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock And Roll All Night.”
  • Bonus Acoustic Set: “Comin’ Home,” “Plaster Caster,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “Christine Sixteen,” “Goin’ Blind,” “Love Her All I Can,” and “Beth.”
  • Kiss tour dates (subject to change):
    July 7 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
    July 9 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena
    July 10 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
    July 15 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
    July 16 – Bozeman, MT – Breeden Fieldhouse
    July 18 – Colorado Springs, CO – World Arena
    July 20 – Independence, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
    July 22 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
    July 23 – Springfield, MO – JQH Arena
    July 25 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
    July 27 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
    July 29 – Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Frontier Days
    July 30 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair
    August 1 – Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
    August 3 – Duluth, MN – Amsoil Arena
    August 5 – Moline, IL – iWireless Arena
    August 6 – La Crosse, WI –  La Crosse Center
    August 8 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
    August 10 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
    August 12 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County Memorial Coliseum
    August 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    August 15 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
    August 17 – Springfield, Ill. – Illinois State Fair
    August 20 – Rockford, IL – BMO Harris Bank Center
    August 22 – Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
    August 24 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
    August 26 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
    August 27 – Erie, PA – Erie Insurance Arena
    August 29 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
    August 30 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
    September 1 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair
    September 3 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
    September 4 – Portland, MA – Cross Insurance Arena
    September 7 – Bridgeport, CT – Webster Bank Arena
    September 9 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum
    September 10 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena
    November 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – “Kiss Kruise” – Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian Pearl

SIDE NOTES

  • With the Led Zeppelin victory in the lawsuit regarding “Stairway To Heaven” still fresh in everyone’s minds, Paul Stanley was asked last week about a song that many rock fans have been wondering about. Back in 2009 when Bruce Springsteen released his Working On A Dream album, most fans couldn’t get around the fact that the melody to the verses of the song “Outlaw Pete” sounded just like Kiss‘ 1979 Dynasty hit, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.”
  • Ultimate Classic Rock quoted Stanley telling a Florida radio station, the he thinks “The Boss” is not guilty of plagiarism, explaining, “A lot of times it’s really unfair, because there are a certain amount of notes and they only get jumbled so many different ways. There’s a Springsteen song that sounds like. . . There’s a part of the song that sounds like ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You,’ so I’m sure he wasn’t sitting around listening to that. But it finds its way into everybody’s music. You can’t come down on everybody for their creativity.”

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for Kiss Rocks Vegas:

CHECK IT OUT: Springsteen’s “Outlaw Pete” meets Kiss’ “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”: