By Troy J. Augusto
The members of veteran hair-metal bands KISS and Motley Crue gathered in Hollywood on Tuesday (March 20) to announce plans for a co-headlining U.S. summer tour. The 40-stop undertaking begins July 20 in Bristow, Virginia and culminates with a September 23 finale in Hartford Connecticut.
Following an introduction from comedian George Lopez, the eight band members took to a conference room stage at the Roosevelt Hotel in full show regalia and entertained the gathered press corps with promises that the outing — immodestly dubbed “The Tour” — would be the must-see show of the year.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee told the gathered journalists that the shows — which will mark the first time the two bands have shared the stage since 1982 — would deliver the “unbelievable.” Added KISS vocalist Paul Stanley, “We wrote the book, collectively, on fan interaction,” adding, “[We will] make sure you get what you pay for.”
Neither band has released a new studio album in a few years so it’s expected that each will offer fan-friendly hits-filled set lists for their respective 90-minute turns. It was confirmed that KISS will play last at each show.
When asked how health issues would effect his ability to undertake a grueling two-month-plus tour, Crue guitarist Mick Mars, who turns 61 years old in May and who suffers from an inflammatory form of spinal arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, drew muffled laughter when he wryly replied, “If it hurts, I don’t care.”
Fan club pre-sales for the tour began today (March 21), while public on-sales commence on Friday (March 23).