KISS will tour Japan this summer with a select string of dates just officially announced:
Jul. 18 – Nagoya, JPN @ Rainbow Hall
Jul. 20 - Fukuoka, JPN @ Kokusai Center
Jul. 22 - Tokyo, JPN @ Udo Festival
Jul. 23 - Osaka, JPN @ Udo Festival
Commented KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, "The invitation to headline these festivals and add a couple of additional shows was an invitation we wouldn't miss. KISS will be there with an arsenal of pride, power and pyro!"
As previously reported, Stanley recently confirmed to ABC Radio's ePrep that his new solo album will be called "Live to Win". Paul is still in the process of shopping the record to labels in various countries, explaining, "There's nothing worse, that I've seen in the past, [than] when you have a deal, let's say in America, and the company in Germany hates your album." To combat that, the singer is seeking out different labels internationally to assure they're all excited about the CD. He expects it to be in stores in about four months.
Stanley is planning a tour to support the CD, and says he'll be bringing out a bigger band than he's used at past solo gigs, "because there's a lot more going on on this album." He estimates he'll have about six people in his band. As for the musicians he used during the recording of "Live to Win" — a list which includes session drummer Victor Indrizzo, guitarist Corky James, former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick (who plays bass on a few songs) and noted string arranger David Campbell — Stanley says, "[It's] some friends of mine — it's not a 'who's who.' I didn't want to do one of those albums where you list people and it becomes some sort of a, trying to impress everybody with names. So it's a great album. Everybody loves it." Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Wake Up Screaming" and "Second to None".