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KissJust when you thought they'd tried everything else, Kiss invades record stores again this week with "Kiss Symphony -- Alive IV," the first release on its own Kiss Records through Sanctuary. The double-disc set chronicles the band's Feb. 28 performance with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne, and features such favorites as "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "Black Diamond" and "I Was Made for Lovin' You."

"When the orchestra pumped in through my headsets, it was like a missile going through me," drummer Peter Criss says of the experience. Adds guitarist Tommy Thayer, who replaced Ace Frehley for the gig, "I was sitting there onstage thinking, 'This is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen,' -- but in a cool way. The orchestra was in Kiss makeup and going crazy, bombs were blowing up, people were flying and there was smoke and fire."

Kiss begins an extensive co-headlining tour with Aerosmith Aug. 2 in Hartford, Conn. As first reported by, Criss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are all working on solo albums, their first since 1978.