KISS promise big NZ show

KISS' Gene Simmons.
KISS' Gene Simmons.
KISS are coming back to New Zealand and promising to "shake the heavens" with their biggest stage production ever.

The rockers will perform at Auckland's Vector Arena on Friday, October 16, their first show here in seven years. They'll be bringing their tongues, makeup and even a giant spider with them.

"We are so very excited to be visiting again with our fans in New Zealand," frontman Gene Simmons said.

"We feel a special kinship to the Kiwis, the culture, the food and the people. But don't kid yourself, we're coming to you to shake the heavens. You will see the greatest show on Earth."

Concert promoters have promised a stage production called "The Spider" involving 38 computer-controlled winches, 220 automated lights and 900 pieces of pyrotechnics. The whole set-up weighed 43 tonnes.

"KISS last played in Wellington, New Zealand in 2008 so it's the news the rabid KISS army fans have been waiting for," promoters said today.

The New York rockers had a career spanning five decades and 20 albums, including songs like I Was Made For Loving You, God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You, and Rock 'n' Roll All Nite.

Their last album, Monster, was released in 2012.

Tickets go on sale on March 25, with a Kiss fan club presale starting on March 20, and a My Ticketmaster pre-sale from March 23. Prices for the Vector Arena gig were expected to start at $109.

KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

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