KISS and Motley Crue unite for summer tour

By Daniel S Levine,
Musicians Gene Simmons (L-R), Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of US hard rock band Kiss perform during a concert at Arena Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, 25 May 2010. The concert is the first of four concerts in Germany of the 'Sonic Boom over Europe Tour' during which Kiss presents their 19th studio album and older hits. Photo: Peter Endig

Bands KISS and Motley Crue announced Tuesday that they are joining forces to co-headline a tour this summer.

According to Billboard, the massive, 40-date North American tour will simply be called The Tour and will start with a show in Bristow, VA on July 20. Each hard rock group will play 90-minute sets.

The two groups, which have not performed together since 1982, appeared at the Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday and members from both bands said that they could not wait to get back together. “These guys are the baddest band in the f***ing world...Our very first tour was with [KISS], 1982. To be able to do it now is amazing,” Motley Crue lead vocalist Vince Neil said.

During the press conference, KISS bassist Gene Simmons took the opportunity to slam Rihanna, noting that there will be no lip-syncing at these shows, reports CNN. "No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh*t...Leave that to Rihanna-Schmianna and everybody else whose name ends with an 'a,’” he said.

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley also criticized other acts. “When you think about a lot of the shows you go to see, they're not live! You go to these shows and you go, 'Wow, it sounds just like my album. It IS the album!” he told the media.

Motley Crue's (L-R) Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars accept the The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement award at the 3rd annual Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles April 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Simmons summed up the shows best to Rolling Stone when he said, “Come out, we’ll blow s**t up, go home and f**k your girlfriend, that’s it.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that tickets will be available on Friday through Livenation and Ticketmaster. Members of either groups’ fan clubs can begin buying tickets on Wednesday.

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