Paul Stanley / Vince NeilJo Hale / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Kiss and Motley Crue will embark on a 40-city tour together, with each band playing 90-minute sets on their fully stocked and typically insane stage set-ups. The bands announced the trek, which, by the way, they’re calling simply “the Tour,” at a press conference broadcast online earlier today (March 20).

Kiss will headline each night, with Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx quite logically explaining it was he who had a Kiss poster on his wall growing up, and not the other way around. Paul Stanley, who seems to be treading close to ‘Unmasked’-era costume territory with his latest feather / shoulder pads get-up, promised that this tour would be the very definition of “bang for your buck,” and implied that the only way to see more artillery in one night would be to piss off the military.

Although “comedian” George Lopez announced this would be the first time the two bands shared a stage, someone else pointed out just five minutes earlier that the Crue had in fact opened for Kiss on their 1982 ‘Creatures of the Night’ tour. (Oh wait, that was Lopez, too!)

When asked which songs they’d like to hear their touring partners perform on stage, Sixx requested the ‘Hotter Than Hell’ gem ‘Parasite’ (Nice!) while Stanley went with a traditional but also awesome ‘Wild Side.’ The best exchange of the event took place when Gene Simmons and Stanley provided nearly simultaneous respective “Yes” / “No” answers when asked if Gene would be filming his reality show while on tour. For the record, we are most clearly on “Team Paul” for this debate.

Kiss and Motley Crue 2012 Tour Dates:

07/20 — Bristow, Va.
07/21 — Virginia Beach, Va.
07/22 — Raleigh, N.C.
07/24 — Atlanta, Ga.
07/25 — Charlotte, N.C.
07/27 — West Palm Beach, Fla.
07/28 — Tampa, Fla.
07/31 — Pelham, Ala.
08/03 — Woodlands, Texas
08/04 — Dallas, Texas
08/07 — Albuquerque, N.M.
08/08 — Englewood, Colo.
08/10 — Phoenix, Ariz.
08/11 — Las Vegas, Nev.
08/12 — Chula Vista, Calif.
08/14 — Irvine, Calif.
08/16 — Concord, Calif.
08/18 — Auburn, Wash.
08/19 — Ridgefield, Wash.
08/24 — Grand Junction, Colo.
08/26 — Tulsa, Okla.
08/27 — Maryland Heights, Mo.
08/29 — Minneapolis, Minn.
08/31 — Cincinnati, Ohio
09/01 — Noblesville, Ind.
09/02 — Burgettstown, Pa.
09/04 — Nashville, Tenn.
09/05 — Clarkston, Mich.
09/07 — Tinley Park, Ill.
09/08 — East Troy, Wis.
09/11 — Allegan, Mich.
09/12 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
09/13 — Toronto, ONT
09/15 — Darien Lake, N.Y.
09/16 — Mansfield, Mass.
09/18 — Scranton, Pa.
09/19 — Camden, N.J.
09/21 — Holmdel, N.J.
09/22 — Wantagh, N.Y.
09/23 — Hartford, Ct.

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