By Phyllis Pollack
At a press conference held in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, longtime headbangers Kiss and Motley Crue announced that the two bands will tour together. The tour will be promoted by Live Nation. What was been dubbed as “The Tour” will start on July 20, 1012, and will result in the two bands playing venues in 40 cities together.
Slated as “the biggest tour of the year,” Kiss members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer will headline, with Motley Crue members Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars as the opening act.
The two bands will rock and roll and party every night until the tour ends on September 23, 2012.
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Fan club sales for both bands will begin at 10am on the same date.
The members of Kiss arrived at the press conference in full costume and make-up.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx wore a jeweled t-shirt with a skull emblazoned on it, and jeans with red and blue Alexander McQueen skull scarves tied around his legs. The rest of the band was dressed in black, as well, and seemed to be in high spirits.
Comedian George Lopez opened the press conference, noting it is their first tour together since 1982. Lopez joked that he will be using legal and illegal substances at the shows.
The press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel kicked off at approximately 2:30. Simmons was relatively quiet, but animated, as he took full advantage of his makeup by making faces, and mugging for photographers.
Kiss have licensed 3,000 products, and have sold 90 million albums. Motley Crue has sold 80 million.
Kiss stated at the press conference that they will be using their legendary pyro on The Tour. “Our shows will be a no-fly zone,” said Stanley.
“Our very first tour was with you guys, the Creatures of the Night Tour,” noted Vince Neil, referring to Kiss.
Stanley talked about first seeing Motley Crue in the early ’80’s. He recalled, “Seeing them back then on stage, it was obvious back then that this was the next big thing,” said Stanley.
Stanley addressed the longevity of the two bands, calling their union “Elvis on steroids, Elvis through a Marshall amplifier.” He added, “We’re here to say thank you to the fans. We’re here to make sure no one gets let down.”
During the press conference, Simmons stuck his tongue out at one point, wiggling it at members of the press.
Thayer stated, “We have a lot of surprises. There are a lot of things we can’t mention. But without giving away too much, expect the unbelievable. Expect the unexpected.”
Simmons joked, “The show will open with a 3D version of Tommy Lee’s sex video, and I will fly above the arenas on a jetpack.”
“This isn’t a you go to and sit on your butt” event, said Stanley, who pointed out, “There are a lot of people that sell a million dollars, but can’t fill a phone booth because they don’t know how to entertain.”
Many parents who bought Kiss albums in the ’70’s now bring their children to Kiss shows. The same is now holding true for Motley Crue, who toured last year with Poison. “They weren’t born when this stuff came out,” noted Neil about the band’s newer fans the band has attracted.
“We want everybody there. It’s a celebration of freedom,” said Stanley. “We’re not going to be talking about toxic sludge. We are there to rock and roll.”
He elaborated, “We’re out there because we want to raise the bar.” Among his many comments, he said, “Pride makes you want to do your best.”
“Growing up, I had a Kiss poster, Aerosmith and Sweet poster,” Lee remarked.
Stanley talked about the two power groups bringing “bombs” to drop on cities around the country.
Simmons adamantly stated, “We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them. No fake bullshit.”
Referring to the glut of new school performers that lipsync at their concerts to pre-recorded tracks, with their voices synthetically fabricated by AutoTune, Simmons added, “Leave that to the Rihanna and anyone else who ends their name with an ‘A.”
“The guys you see on stage are playing their instruments,” he remarked.
“It’s out of the park man. We’re going to level each city,” Stanley said.
In response to questions about the set list, Sixx said, “I think it will be about 90 minutes each, right?” Members of Kiss confirmed the sets would be approximately that long.
When asked what Crue song he’d like to hear on the tour, Stanley answered, “I want to hear “Wild Side,” referring to the Motley Crue hit.
When nextooze.com asked Mars, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, if it is difficult to tour with the condition, he said, “I don’t care. As long as I can play, I don’t care.”
“We’re going to make sure you get what you pay for. No excess fat. Prime meat,” promised Stanley.
Summing up what to expect for the tour, “I’d say “double bag it,” joked Stanley.
The tour will start in Bristow, Virginia and will end on Septemer 23, 2013 at Comcast Theatre.
KISS AND MÖTLEY CRÜE THE TOUR:
DATE CITY VENUE
Jul 20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 21 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Jul 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Jul 24 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul 25 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 27 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Jul 28 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Jul 31 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug 3 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavillion
Aug 7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
Aug 8 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Aug 10 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Aug 11 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Arts Center
Aug 12 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 14 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 16 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Aug 18 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Aug 19 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Aug 24 Grand Junction, CO Rock Jam
Aug 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center (on-sale 3/30)
Aug 27 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 29 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota State Fair (on-sale 3/31)
Aug 31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend MusicCenter
Sep 1 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sep 2 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagra Pavilion
Sep 4 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sep 5 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 7 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 8 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sep 11 Allegan, MI Allegan County Fair (on-sale 5/5)
Sep 12 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Sep 13 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sep 15 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep 16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Sep 18 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep 19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sep 21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 22 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 23 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
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