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KISS joins the lineup of major concerts for the Okanagan

Break out the face paint and get ready to rock and roll all night. Heavy rockers KISS are coming to the Okanagan this summer.

The Okanagan will enjoy some major concerts in the coming months.

Along with Motley Crüe at Penticton’s South Okanagan Events Centre this month, Jerry Seinfeld and Sting in Kelowna in May, and Theory of a Deadman and Big Wreck being among the Funtastic Music Festival lineup on Canada Day weekend in Vernon, rock ‘n’ rollers KISS are coming to play Kelowna’s Prospera Place July 8.

It’s been 40 years since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, then members of a band called Wicked Lester, joined up with drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley to form KISS.

Twenty albums, tons of black and white stage makeup, pyrotechnics, and sticking-out-your-tongue-to-see-how-far-it-will-go licks later, Simmons and Stanley, with longtime members, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever.

“We’re a real, flesh-and-blood rock and roll band with people who’ve spent 40 years doing what we believe in,” said Stanley in a release to announce the band’s upcoming tour to promote its latest album Monster.

Monster is the group’s first studio album since the band’s 2009’s Sonic Boom. Set to come out in October, the 12-song (plus bonus track), straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album features collaborations from all four members in an effort that shows KISS at the top of its game.

However, fans can also expect to hear some of the band’s arsenal of hits such as Rock and Roll All Night, Beth, and I Was Made For Lovin’ You among others.

Tickets for the Kelowna show go on sale today and cost $90 and $126 each. Purchase them online at www.selectyourtickets.com or phone 250-762-5050.