In support of their latest studio album, Monster, KISS is on the road again for the aptly titled Monster Tour 2013. Mohegan Sun Arena welcomes the legendary Rock band with special guest Leogun on Saturday, August 10th for a 7:30pm performance.
Tickets are $96.00 and $76.00 and go on sale Friday, May 10th through Ticketmaster at 10:00am. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, May 11th, subject to availability. More details available at mohegansun.com/entertainment also.
“We’re a real, flesh-and-blood Rock and Roll band with people who’ve spent 40 years doing what we believe in.” – Paul Stanley
January 2013 marked four decades since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, then members of a band called Wicked Lester, joined up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley to form KISS. Forty years later, having racked up 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Simmons and Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever. Released through Universal Music Enterprises, Monster is the 20th studio album in their historic career.
The 12-song (plus bonus track), straight-ahead Rock ‘n’ Roll album features collaborations from all four members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game. Monster is the group’s first studio album since the band’s 2009 smash success Sonic Boom, and was also produced by Paul Stanley with Greg Collins at Conway Studios in Hollywood, CA, and The Nook in Studio City, CA. “We weren’t interested in making just a great KISS album, but a great Rock album that lived up to the bands we loved growing up,” explains Stanley, “the ones who got us to play music in the first place.”
“There are no symphony orchestras, boy choirs, keyboards, outside producers or guest songwriters,” boasts Simmons. “The best thing we did was turn inwards to ourselves.
Tommy and Eric have revitalized the group with a work ethic and the talent to back it up. This is a real band effort. KISS has become a behemoth. We are going where no Rock group has gone before.”
Monster represents KISS’ nod to the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. The group goes back to their own beginnings with the Who-like “Freak,” while Gene lives up the title track’s declaration on the raucus prehistoric Punk-Rock of “Back to the Stone Age” and the bludgeoning, self-referential “The Devil is Me.” “Take Me Down Below” is one of the KISS’ classic sexual double entendres in the mod of “Love Gun” or “Lick It Up.” Guitarist Thayer takes a solo turn on this own with “Outta This World,” a tribute to his KISS “spaceman” character, while drummer Singer provides the vocals (and the inspiration) for the Stanley-penned arena anthem “All for the Love of Rock & Roll.”
Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 4th in the world by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” Venues Today also ranked Mohegan Sun Arena #4 in 2011 and ranked in the top six of “Top Stops of The Decade” in 2012. For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.