Set up for KISS’ upcoming live stream concert from Dubai will cost almost eight figures
KISS consisting of frontman Paul Stanley, bassist Gene Simmons, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer are looking to break some Guinness World Records with their upcoming New Year’s Eve live stream concert from Dubai, which will be taking place in less than 12 hours.
KISS‘ New Year’s Eve live stream concert organizer Daniel E. Catullo was recently interviewed by David Light for Khaleej Times.
In terms of how the KISS live stream concert in Dubai came about, Catullo indicated: “I worked with KISS back in 2005 and I wanted to have a crack at doing a bigger show with them. Somehow, I developed a reputation of producing challenging shows, whether doing one with Andrea Bocelli at Palazzo Vecchio, the Foo Fighters at the Acropolis or pulling off the biggest show of the year in the middle of a pandemic.
Hosting the KISS show in Dubai was a logical step. The United Arab Emirates is among the world leaders in mitigating the spread of Covid and continues to effectively manage the pandemic given the government’s extraordinary response measures. It makes sense for us to bring Landmarks Live to the UAE.
2020 has silenced the music industry and momentum has been at an all-time low. Landmarks Dubai’s live NYE concert special is intended to help the whole world begin to look ahead. In true KISS fashion, it will be larger than life. It’ll be a unique global streaming travel and music series.”
With respect to his hopes for the display, Catullo stated: “We are hoping to set a new world record for the biggest pyro show, with nearly $1 million (Dh3.7million) spent on pyrotechnics alone. We’re also looking to set a new world record as the highest grossing live concert stream of a rock band. I am a current world record holder for most cameras ever used in a live concert recording with 239 cameras, so I’m looking to get another world record!”
In regard to the overall cost, Catullo revealed: “The whole set-up will cost almost eight figures. As I said, the pyrotechnics alone will cost nearly $1 million and the Covid compliancy expenses total another $750,000 (Dh2.8 million).”