Kiss is releasing Sonic Boom, their first CD of new music in 11 years, exclusively at Wal-Mart. Paul Stanley says it's "the best new record we've done since 'Destroyer.' It is 'Rock and Roll Over' meets 'Love Gun' ... If you're a fan of our stuff from about 1977, you'll feel right at home."
Accompanying the new material will be a disc of Kiss greatest hits re-recorded by the original lineup and previously available in Japan, as well as a DVD filmed at a concert earlier this year in Buenos Aires. The cover was designed by artist Michael Doret, whose previous Kiss credit is 1976's "Rock and Roll Over."
Kiss plans to tour extensively to promote "Sonic Boom," but only two dates have been announced so far: September 25 at Detroit's Cobo Hall, where the group recorded its breakthrough "Kiss Alive!" album and portions of "Kiss Alive II"; and a Halloween show at the Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans City Park.
Unfortunately Ace Frehley and Peter Criss aren't included in the line-up. Guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer will be filling in instead.