Will KISS be releasing ‘Kissology IV’ in November 2016?
The long anticipated Kissology IV may perhaps see the light of day in the near future.
Kissology 4 posted the following succinct message earlier today on its Facebook page:
“Late November release date announced by Eric Singer. In time for Christmas!!”
Back in August 2015, the KISS Online website posted an interview with guitarist Tommy Thayer where the latter talked about Kissology IV (with slight edits):
[Question] I’m sure you’ll have an answer for this next question which is about Kissology IV. Is it coming out someday or not?
[Thayer] I can completely answer that. I’ve worked on Kissology IV for the last several years. It’s about 80% done, but we still need to update and add some more things to it. I know that it eventually will come out but I don’t know what the date is.
[Question] And which year? “Laughs”
[Thayer] I can’t say, I just don’t know. Everybody is going to have to wait a little bit longer, but it will be worth it. There is some great stuff that’s already done.
[Question] Can you give any details about it, what stuff will be included on next Kissology?
[Thayer] I think it’s important for the Kissology DVD’s to cover a wide range, obviously it’s somewhat chronological. So Kissology IV would generally be based on the last 10 or 12 years. When did Kissology III end?
[Question] I think it would have been up to 1999.
[Thayer] Yeah, so this is going be post that period to current day. You can also count on some great vintage and rare stuff included that people haven’t seen as much as well.
[Question] Will we ever see full high-quality gigs from the years 1982-1987?
[Thayer] That’s a good question. I know there’s an Asylum tour concert that’s on film in the can, I’ve seen it. So I’m just wetting your appetite a little bit. Do you remember the Asylum tour?
[Question] Of course, it was an amazing tour.
[Thayer] Do you remember the killer opening act on that tour?
[Question] Yeah, it was called Black ‘N Blue or something? “Laughs”
[Thayer] Those guys were incredible, I don’t know what happened to them now. You have to go to VH1 and watch, What Ever Happened To… “Laughs” There’s also a lot of footage that was shot at the start of Hot in The Shade tour. Maybe that’s a little later than what you were asking about.
[Question] But do you have any usable material for 1983 tour?
[Thayer] ’83 would be Lick It Up really, or are you thinking Creatures tour also?
[Thayer] I worked on the Love Gun deluxe edition that included some cool bonus material, demos and different things like that. We talked about doing a Creatures Of The Night deluxe edition, but had a problem finding enough extra material. Sometimes there’s holes in eras where you just don’t have stuff. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t find enough good stuff that was of decent quality or just enough material to do it. So that idea was shelved. The early ‘80s was a real transitional period for KISS, an interesting period of KISStory.”
You can read the rest of the interview at KISS Online.
The contents of the Kissology IV release have been rumoured for some time. On August 16, 2011, Jason Huskins‘ website listed the following contents (with slight edits) for Kissology IV:
Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI 5/16/1975 Documentary
The Summit, Houston, TX 8/13/1976
Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI 1/29/1977
Don Kirchsner’s Rock Concert, 6/20/1979
Kids Are People Too, 9/21/1980 Excerpt
Total run time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
I 10/30/1981 unreleased promo clip
American Forces Network, Madrid, Spain, 11/27/1983
Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI 12/8/1984
The Summit, Houston, TX 12/7/1985 Asylum Tour Documentary
Crazy Nights Promo Clip, 1987
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Pleasure Island, FL 12/31/1993
Total run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Psycho Circus Promo Clip, 1998
Tokyodome, Tokyo, Japan, 3/13/2001
Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT, 2/24/2002
Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 5/15/2004
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV, 5/25/2006
Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka, Japan, 7/23/2006
Total run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
Sonic Boom Promo Clip, 2009
Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, 9/25/2009
Wetten Das, Erfurt, Germany, 2/27/2010
Rock AM Ring, Nurnburg, Germany, 6/3/2010
Moondance Jam, Walker, MN, 7/15/2011
The Wounded Warrior Project Documentary
Total run time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Exclusive Bonus Discs:
Anaheim Stadium 1976 (65 minutes)
Tokyo 1995 (50 minutes)
Buenos Aires 1998 (80 minutes)