KISS‘ official web site, KissOnline.com, has uploaded video footag of the band performing the songs “Calling Dr. Love”, “Shout It Out Loud” and “Hotter Than Hell” during soundcheck yesterday (Thursday, March 29) at New Orleans’ Woldenberg Park.
KISS‘ free concert in Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans is part of a full slate of festivities throughout the college men’s basketball championship weekend.
KISS last performed in New Orleans during the 2009 Voodoo Experience in City Park.
KISS has completed recording its new album, “Monster”, for a summer release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “It’s A Long Way Down”, “Back To The Stone Age”, “Shout Mercy”, “Out Of This World”, “Wall Of Sound” and “Hell Or Hallelujah”.
Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner following the March 20 press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California to officially announce details of KISS‘ summer co-headlining tour withMÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley stated about the band’s new CD, “‘Monster’ is really the culmination of everything this band has been in the past and where we’re going. When we did [2009's] ‘Sonic Boom’, it was a big task for us because we were saying, ‘How do we define who we are today without losing who we’ve been?’ So, that was a tall order for us, but once we got that under our belts, we wanted to go back in and ‘Monster’ is far, far beyond anything we’ve done in terms of ‘Sonic Boom’ and yet it’s right up there with some of the best stuff we’ve done. It’s KISS.”
So is there a single coming soon? Paul told VH1 Radio Network when to expect it and if it has a name.
“It should be right around the time of the tour,” he said. “It does have a name but we haven’t chosen it yet. I think our problem right now is that we have 13 great songs and any one of them has possibilities.”
In a 2011 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Stanley stated about the band’s decision to return to the studio so soon after releasing “Sonic Boom”, “I wasn’t interested in making an album unless I was in charge and no one agreed to it half-heartedly. The band’s all there, all the time, and we cut the tracks all facing each other in the same room. Chemistry and camaraderie, that’s essential. That’s what made [2009's] ‘Sonic Boom’ so great, and this album is thunderously better.”