Kiss are wrapping up their first new LP since 1998's Psycho Circus, guitarist Paul Stanley revealed in a post on the band's official Website yesterday. "We're about four days from finishing the new Kiss album. Eleven tracks, and it IS everything I've told you. It IS classic. It IS all written within the band. And IT ROCKS BIG TIME!," Stanley writes.
In news that will likely distress old school Kiss fans, Stanley also revealed that guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer will both handle lead vocal duties at some points on the album. "The songs, sound and playing will knock your socks off. You will all be as proud and excited as we all are," Stanley added. When Rock Daily spoke to bassist Gene Simmons in March, the God of Thunder described the LP as having a "classic '70s rock & roll vibe. Meat and Potatoes." "There's nothing to prove to anybody," Simmons said. "We're not interested in musical trends or anything else. We're too long in the tooth for that." No release date has been announced yet.
However, when Kiss do release their new album, it will apparently be a Walmart exclusive. Simmons revealed the news to an unlikely source — actress Denise Richards — during a Sirius XM visit. The promotional blitz will include Walmart dedicating an area of their stores to the band and dubbing it "Kiss Korner," Simmons told Richards in the video posted at Blabbermouth. Rumors of a deal along the lines of AC/DC's massively successful exclusive with the retail giant first emerged after Simmons and Stanley attended an Arkansas Walmart shareholders meeting on June 5th.
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