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Their 'Farewell Tour' concluded in 2001 but superstars Kiss have been unable to stay away from the glamour of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd. Several tours have taken place after their supposed final gigs 16 years ago and the band are now back on stage yet again. They play Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on May 28, 2017, as part of the European leg of their KISSWorld Tour.

Kiss, Kissworld tour, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer stormed across the USA during July, August and September 2016, performing sold out shows in arenas. The European dates began in Moscow on May 1, 2017, with further shows scheduled in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria and Holland.

In Britain they play Glasgow's SSE Arena on May 27, Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena on May 28, Manchester Arena on May 30 and London's O2 on May 31.

Kiss are one of the most iconic and influential rock acts of all time, with 44 albums released and sales of over 100 million records worldwide.

Formed in 1973 from the ashes of New York band Wicked Lester, Kiss' initial line-up of Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley struggled to make an impact with their records but impressed with their dynamic live performances. It is no surprise, therefore, that their commercial breakthrough came thanks to a double live album. Alive!, released in 1975, achieved gold status and led to Kiss' first hit single, Rock and Roll All Nite.

Kiss, Kissworld tour, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

World domination beckoned and it soon came thanks to follow-up albums, Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun, hit single Beth, a second live album, Alive II, and, in 1978, their first compilation, Double Platinum.

The second half of the 1970s belonged to Kiss. Between 1976 and 1978, the band earned an estimated $17.7 million from record royalties and music publishing and in 1977 a poll named them the most popular band in America. In Japan, they performed five sold-out shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall, breaking the previous record of four held by the Beatles.

Kiss merchandise became a real money-spinner. There was even a Marvel comic that was said to have been printed using band members' blood. In 1978 a movie, Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park, was the most viewed TV film of the year on American television.

Over the years there have been line-up changes – Simmons and Stanley are the remaining original members – as well as retirement rumours, album disappointments (Music From 'The Elder'), the discarding and reinstatement of the make-up and a collaboration single with the Japanese female group Momoira Clover Z.

Kiss, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer
Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

After 11 years of no Kiss album activity Sonic Boom was released in 2009, followed in 2012 by Monster. Say Yeah from Sonic Boom is on the current setlist, but the shows on the KISSWorld Tour are heavy on the Kiss Klassics such as Deuce, Detroit Rock City and Shock Me.

A Kiss-toric experience is guaranteed!
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Why? Rock legends in concert
When: Touring Britain from May 27, 2017
Phone: 0844 33 88 222
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, and touring
Cost: £51.43 & £62.68 plus fees
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