Date: Friday, July 05, 2013 At 07:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
KISS MONSTER TOUR 2013
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SHINEDOWN
FRIDAY, JULY 5TH, 2013
SAVE-ON-FOODS MEMORIAL CENTRE - VICTORIA, BC
“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, set to come out in October. 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.”
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 to the title track’s declaration on the raucous 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 KISS’ classic sexual double entendres in the mode of “Love Gun” or “Lick It Up.”
With the same lineup that also played on 2009’s Sonic Boom, Monster is a true KISS band effort, with all four contributing to the writing and everyone getting a turn at lead vocals. This is an album that immediately does for the new century what great KISS discs like Destroyer did for the ’70s, Creatures of the Night the ’80s and Revenge the ’90s.
“We’re about authenticity,” says Simmons, the mastermind of not just the band’s music but a multi-million-dollar merchandising empire that includes everything from coffee-table books to coffins. “The KISS Army is ruthless. They’d skewer us if we put out records that weren’t great. We pushed ourselves on this album, to make not just ourselves but our fans proud. We try to hit a home run every swing we take. If we’re going to win, win big.”
It doesn’t get bigger than Monster, or KISS for that matter, 40 years old and ready to kick the asses of any young rock pretenders out there.
“We’re a band at this point in our career where we can live up to our own legend,” concludes Stanley. “Legends can be confining because they’re cloaked in myth. I’ve always maintained that obstacles are what you see when you lose sight of your goals. If you know where you’re going, you don’t see what’s in your way.
“KISS has always been about attaining whatever we think is possible. It’s about celebrating life and going against the odds for what you believe in. As corny as that may sound, it got me where I am, and the naysayers will have to live where they are.”
The Monster is KISS at its larger-than-life best.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH @ 10AM
Charge by Phone 250-220-7777
Tickets also available at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Box Office
Tickets (incl. HST) $66.00, $90.00, $126.00
(Plus FMF & Service charges)
**RESERVED SEATING / ALL AGES**
For Tickets call (250) 220-7777
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PRESENT DRALION
EIGHT PERFORMANCES ONLY FROM JUNE 22 - 26, 2011 AT SAVE-ON-FOODS MEMORIAL CENTRE
Exclusive Discounted Tickets Available Online Now for Cirque Club Members Tickets for General Public On Sale from December 6
Victoria, November 30, 2010 - Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”), will be performing in Victoria from June 22 - 26, 2011 at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre for eight performances only.
Advance discounted tickets for Dralion are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through December 5. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to www.cirqueclub.com.
Tickets for the general public will be available starting December 6 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion or by calling 250-220-7777.
Thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 1999, Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. In Fall 2010, Dralion will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.
The name Dralion (pronounced “Drah-lee-on”) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.
Category 1 and 2:
Adults: From $45 to $85
Children (12 & under): From $36 to $69
Military, Seniors & Students: From $40.50 to $72
Through December 5 only, special discounts on tickets in Category 1 and 2 are available online to Cirque Club members. Join now at www.cirqueclub.com.
Adults: From $100 to $105
Children (12 & under): From $80 to $85
Military, Seniors & Students: $90
Show Schedule (June 22 - 26, 2011):
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30pm
Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm
Friday, June 24 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, June 25 at 4pm and 8pm
Sunday, June 26 at 1pm and 5 pm
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix, and Rose d’Or de Montreux. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Online Press Room
For more information, including downloadable images, please visit the Cirque du Soleil online press room at www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/default.aspx