According to a posting on KISS drummer Eric Singer‘s official web site, the band has commenced the rehearsal sessions for its new album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
KISS is scheduled to enter the studio this week to begin recording the follow-up to 2009’s “Sonic Boom” for a late 2011 release. In a March 10, 2011 interview with DJ JC Green of Alfa Rock 105.7 FM and Metal Messiah Radio‘s “Heavy Metal Thunder” program, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons stated about the forthcoming CD, “The new record, which we already started working on, is gonna be the next step to ‘Sonic Boom’. Very similar — straight rock songs, no
ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock. . . A lot of the songs [have been] written by the whole band together, so no outside writers, just the band doing what it did on the first three records — writing the songs ourselves.” He added, “We have almost all the songs written. In fact, we have too many songs; we have about 20 to 25 things that look and sound good.”
KISS has been rocking out arenas for the last four decades and has become one of the most renowned rock bands in the history of music, with popular songs like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love”. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have continued their incredible success with the release of their latest album, “Sonic Boom”, in 2009.
“Sonic Boom” sold 108,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever.
KISS has notched eight Top 10 albums, according to Billboard.com. Its previous highest-charting set was 1998’s “Psycho Circus”, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group’s other high-charting sets include 1975’s “Alive!” (No. 9), 1977’s “Love Gun” (No. 4) and 1992’s “Revenge” (No. 6).
“Sonic Boom” was released in Europe on October 5, 2009 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. The CD was made available in the U.S. and Canada on October 6, 2009 exclusively via Wal-Mart, Walmart.com and Sam’s Club retail locations.
KISS‘ official web site, KissOnline.com, has uploaded more video footage of the band’s March 17, 2011 concert at Hard Rock Live at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Check out the clip below.