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Kiss, Sanctuary Seal Deal For Label

Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Kiss is launching an imprint with Sanctuary Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. Kiss Records, to be announced today (May 5), will kick off with a new, two-disc live set, "The Kiss Symphony: Alive IV," which captures the band's Feb. 28 performance with the Melbourne Orchestra. A DVD and a pay-per-view television special chronicling the show are also expected.

The deal marks the end of Kiss' long association with Mercury/Universal, the final release of which was last August's "The Very Best of Kiss." As previously reported, vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons recently resurrected his Simmons Records label in partnership with Sanctuary.

Kiss kicks off a North American tour with Aerosmith Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn., with longtime guitarist Ace Frehley replaced by Tommy Thayer. The group is offering a three-tiered ticketing package for select shows, including a $1,000 extravaganza that includes a ticket in the first four rows and a chance to meet the band afterward. For more information, visit Kiss' official Web site.

Before the Aerosmith tour, Kiss will perform May 17 at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's annual Wango Tango at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Other confirmed acts include Nelly, Christina Aguilera, Sugar Ray, and Craig David with Sting.