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GIVE US A KISS; Gene's boys hit Scotland.

ROCK legends Kiss will slap on their make-up to play their first gig in Scotland for 17 years.

The US supergroup - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer - are promising to put on the most spectacular show of their controversial career.

"This is the best Kiss ever...it's the biggest and most successful tour we've done," boasted guitarist Paul.

"You only have to come and see us to know this is as good as it gets."

Kiss have been wowing fans on the other side of the Atlantic with their new stage show based on this year's hit album, Sonic Boom.

And Email can reveal they'll headline the SECC in Glasgow on May 9, 2010, as part of a European tour that will be officially announced tomorrow.

Kiss are reaching a whole new generation of fans thanks to recent high-profile television appearances.

They went down a storm appearing on the final of American Idol 2009, where they performed hits Detroit Rock City and Rock And Roll All Nite with contestant Adam Lambert.

The show was watched by more than 30million viewers.

And bassist Gene Simmons is a reality TV star in his own right. He has achieved top ratings with Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, a fly-on-the-wall show focusing on his offbeat home life with ex-Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed and their kids, Nick and Sophie.

Kiss formed in 1973 and their string of albums includes Dynasty (1979), Unmasked (1980), Animalize (1984) and Revenge (1992).

The colourful band, whose infamous live shows have featured blood, fire and smashed guitars, have also played big events such as Super Bowl XXXIII, the Winter Olympics in 2002 and the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

Despite several line-up changes, Kiss claim they've never been more popular with young music fans.

Paul said: "We have many new fans - mainly in their teens and 20s - but we also have older fans who bring their kids to the gigs.

"For many people, Kiss has been the soundtrack to their lives, so it's passing something along to their children.

"I couldn't be more proud of the band for what we mean to so many different people." = KISS tickets, priced pounds 40, go on sale on Friday and are available from ticketsoup.com or 0844 395 4000.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Nov 22, 2009
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