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|Aug 1||KISS and Def Leppard||Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center) Mansfield, Massachusetts||Find Tickets|
|Aug 2||KISS and Def Leppard||Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, New Jersey||Find Tickets|
|Aug 3||Kiss with Def Leppard||Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, New Jersey||Find Tickets|
|Aug 5||KISS and Def Leppard||Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York||Find Tickets|
|Aug 6||KISS and Def Leppard||Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, New York||Find Tickets|
|Aug 8||KISS and Def Leppard||Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (formerly Virginia Beach Amphitheatre) Virginia Beach, Virginia||Find Tickets|
|Aug 9||KISS and Def Leppard||Pavilion at Montage Scranton, Pennsylvania||Find Tickets|
|Aug 10||KISS and Def Leppard||Xfinity Theatre (formerly Comcast) Hartford, Connecticut||Find Tickets|
|Aug 12||KISS and Def Leppard||Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, CAN||Find Tickets|
|Aug 13||KISS and Def Leppard||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, New York||Find Tickets|
|Aug 15||KISS and Def Leppard||Alpine Valley Music Theatre East Troy, Wisconsin||Find Tickets|
|Aug 16||KISS and Def Leppard||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, Illinois||Find Tickets|
|Aug 17||KISS and Def Leppard||Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota||Find Tickets|
|Aug 20||KISS / Def Leppard||Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa||Find Tickets|
|Aug 22||KISS and Def Leppard||Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, Indiana||Find Tickets|
Few bands contributed to the rise of glam metal with such tenacity as KISS. While partially responsible for the style that would come to characterize glam metal, KISS exhibited a hard rock / metal sound that made their offspring appear weak. The group's tour date and on-screen personas and costumes became more recognizable than the men underneath, as KISS became the poster children for hard rock in the United States. Minus two founding members, KISS marches on as timeless icons for rock and metal. With no plans to quit anytime soon, KISS are currently blowing fans away on current North American tour dates.
KISS was formed by bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley in New York City, circa 1972. After their band broke up, they saw an ad posted by a drummer in need of a band by the name of Peter Criss, eventually hiring Ace Frehly on guitar. Inspired by Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls, they began slowly creating an image fueled by elaborate costumes and theatrical-style makeup. Kiss was released in 1974 and was followed by a numerous promotional tour dates. However, the album didn't sell well enough to support the many onstage pyrotechnics and gimmicks that KISS used on concert dates. In an effort to capitalize on the popularity of their tour dates, KISS released a live album, titled Alive!, in 1975; the single "Rock and Roll All Nite" finally brought KISS stardom.
KISS experienced similar success with the release of Rock and Roll Over in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977; the latter album was certified platinum on the day of its release. By 1979, Peter Criss had become almost unable to drum on albums or on tour dates due to drug use. He was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig, who was later replaced by Eric Carr. Displeased with the concept album, Music From "The Elder", Ace Frehly left KISS in late 1983. He was replaced by guitarist Vinnie Vincent, who was eventually replaced by Tommy Thayer. With the 80s in full swing, KISS decided to drop their signature makeup and costumes in 1983, right before the release of Lick It Up; the album revitalized KISS' career and brought fans back to tour dates. However, the return of KISS' success wouldn't last long, as Eric Carr died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1991. After a period of mourning, drummer Eric Singer was hired and KISS released Revenge in 1992. Unfortunately for Singer, Peter Criss and Ace Frehly rejoined KISS in 1996 for reunion tour dates; it also included a new album, Psycho Circus, in 1998.
By 2004, Criss and Frehly had permanently left the band and were replaced by Singer and Thayer, with the new members adopting the older members' on-stage personas. KISS continued to play tour dates worldwide up through the release of Sonic Boom in 2009. The album received favorable reviews, setting the stage for KISS' 2012 album, Monster.
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