April is going to be a huge and truly historic month for Kiss and the band’s legions of fans, the appropriately named Kiss Army. Indeed, 2014 is destined to be remembered as much more than merely the 40th anniversary of the rock gods’ first two studio albums, and April might just be the biggest month of this memorable year.
First, on April 10, Kiss will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s only taken the clueless Rock Hall 15 years to come to their senses. The rock community is just dying to know what will happen that night. Understandably, most people want to see the original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunite and perform in makeup at the ceremony. Frehley has stated in interviews that he is all for it. His sole caveat is that if they do indeed perform in makeup, then his replacement Tommy Thayer cannot get on stage dressed up as the Space Ace. Stanley, on the other hand, has been more critical, publicly expressing his disdain for the Hall of Fame and saying the only reason he’s even acknowledging Kiss’ induction at all is because the fan are excited about it. Everyone else associated with the band has kept a relatively low profile, so who knows what will happen at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The night could go down as one of the most important dates in Kisstory or it could be an epic embarrassment on the scale of Van Halen’s induction from a few years ago, when only Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony bothered to show up, only to perform with Velvet Revolver, who were painfully unprepared for the occasion.
The next date in April to watch out for is the 22nd, which is when Stanley’s long-awaited autobiography, 'Face the Music: A Life Exposed,' is released. The other three original members have already published their memoirs, so many of the stories that’ll be covered in the Starchild’s have already been told multiple times before, but the book will still be required reading for fans of Kiss and rock and roll in general. Stanley will relate how hearing problems pertaining to a birth defect known as microtia (he’s deaf in one ear) almost kept him out of music. It will also be extremely interesting to hear his take on such topics as Ace and Peter’s self-destructive lifestyles, the Vinnie Vincent era of the band, the impact of Simmons’ acting career on Kiss in the 1980s, Simmons unending merchandising schemes, and so on. Look for a review on this page within the next two months.
Finally, there have been rumblings of a huge tour this year, most likely during the summer. Poison bassist Bobby Dall let the cat out of the bag at the NAMM convention in Las Vegas last month, stating that his band will play 40 to 60 shows with Kiss and Def Leppard. Believe it or not, summer is only four months away, so any big tours coming up should be announced soon. It would not be surprising at all if Kiss announced their touring plans right around the time they get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kiss never does anything small.