Show Preview: Kiss & Buckcherry @ KeyArena

Tomorrow will be my first time seeing Kiss and of course I am really excited. I hope that they do Love Gun, I Was Made for Lovin’ You, Lick It Up, God of Thunder, Shout It Out Loud, Any Way You Slice It, and Take It Off. But I am not really particular, as I will definitely take whatever they toss my way. They know what they are doing and I am hoping for explosions – and lots and lots of bass from Gene Simmons.

Los Angeles’ Buckcherry recently snagged North American opening slots for Kiss’ Kiss Alive/35 Tour. The tour will bring the two bands to Seattle’s KeyArena on Sunday, November 15th.

Buckcherry first toured with Kiss in 1999. Guitarist Keith Nelson reflects that, “when we toured with them in ’99 we were a new band who had just finished our first record and hadn’t even released it yet. Now, we’re four records deep into our career and can play a bunch of material fans will be familiar with.” The band’s newest CD, Live & Loud 2009 is their first live CD and is the follow up to 2008’s Black Butterfly, which hit # 8 on Billboard’s 200. When asked about feeling any pressure about playing with Kiss again, Josh Todd, singer, says “I don’t think we feel pressure, I think it’s more excitement. We’re just excited to be able to join forces with them again with all this experience that we’ve gained over the years. And we just think it’s going to be a monstrous rock show because we already know what they bring to the table and we learned a lot from that over the years. Fans are definitely going to get their money’s worth, it’s going to be awesome.”

The band does have plans for the aftermath of this tour. It’s still to be decided whether they will tour more in support for Black Butterfly – Nelson mentions that, “By the time we’re done with this tour we’ll be well over 200 shows in support of this record. So I think we’re all kind of curious as to what’s going to happen in 2010.” Todd confirms, “We’re working on a project that we’re kind of keeping secret right now but it’s definitely going to be a departure from what we do and it’s coming out really great. The only hint I’ll give is that it’s music.”

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