Kiss fans now have more to look forward to than the announcement of what are expected to be the band's final live shows ever. On Nov. 6, Mercury will release an 80-track, four-disc box set spanning th
Kiss fans now have more to look forward to than the announcement of what are expected to be the band's final live shows ever. On Nov. 6, Mercury/UME will release an 80-track, four-disc box set spanning the band's entire career. Along with Kiss' best known songs will be about 20 rare tracks, including early demos of the songs "Strutter" and "Deuce," rare live recordings of "Firehouse" and "Acrobat" recorded in 1973, as well as recordings of the pre-Kiss incarnation of the band, Wicked Lester.
Compiled and designed with substantial input from the members of the band, the box set will also include a 96-page booklet with rare photos and a band history.
In other news, the holiday episode of the Fox animated series "The Family Guy" to which the members of Kiss contributed their voices last year is expected to air this season. Originally intended for broadcast last year, "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" was shelved when the show was put on hiatus. A spokesperson for the network says the series is slated in for Fox' upcoming Thursday night line-up, so it is probable the episode will air in December.
The Kiss Farewell tour kicked off in March 2000, and wrapped its most recent leg with March dates in Japan and Australia. As previously reported, original drummer Peter Criss was replaced by one-time Kiss drummer Eric Singer for that most recent round of tour dates.
At the time, Criss said that bandleaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley ceased negotiations with him regarding the tour. It is possible he will be back in the fold when the band plays its final gigs, but nothing about further shows, nor Criss' status in Kiss, has been announced.