Kiss are to play a virtual concert to round off the year on New Year’s Eve from the Atlantis in Dubai.
Tickets start from €33 and the band are offering all sorts of VIP packages that cost up to €840. All ticket information can be found here. In a statement published on their website, the band said:
“It’s been 296 days since the KISS stage went dark… To send off 2020 in their larger-than-life style on New Year’s Eve, the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, multi-platinum selling band is reigniting the FIRE and roaring back to life!”
“In true KISS fashion, they are bringing the biggest & baddest concert event and record-breaking pyrotechnics show of the year, proving once again that KISS never does anything small.”
“Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, this show produced by Landmarks Live can be seen globally with ticketing technology and livestream powered by TIXR and experienced like no other virtual concert before. You’re invited to spend New Year’s Eve with Demon, Starchild, Spaceman, and Catman as they rock out of 2020 and roll into 2021… all night! KISS 2020 Goodbye”.
The concert begins at 5 o clock Irish time and promises to be a memorable way to say goodbye to 2020.
The band, their manager and show director were interviewed about the extravaganza by Rolling Stone magazine. The cost of the show is an eight figure sum with huge sponsors backing the event. The original plan for the concert was for it to be held in Australia due to its low case count of Covid-19. However, the country has denied the band permission to host the event there.
“The best way to shut everybody up and get everybody to enjoy life right now is to make a big resounding noise and shake the heavens with some pyro” said bassist Gene Simmons.
Doc McGhee, Kiss’ manager said “We don’t really have a word for ‘no’. We know what the people want: They want the biggest thing out there. Our motto is, ‘If you’re gonna run with the big dogs, you can’t piss like a puppy.’”
Putting on a concert of this magnitude poses many issues and problems. Putting on a concert of this scale during a global pandemic is even more challenging. Show director, Dan Catullo said “Forget about a pandemic — we’re doing the biggest production in Kiss’s history, which alone is massive. Now you add in the pandemic, and trying to figure out how to do it safely and the logistics of getting 400 people and all the equipment and gear there safely, that adds another 15 layers.”
The band and the production team will be creating their own bubble in order to protect themselves from coronavirus. They believe that if anyone in the tight knit group comes in contact with someone who has tested positive, they will be able to contact trace everyone and keep them as safe and healthy as possible. They estimate that they will take over 6,000 Covid tests over a 13 day period.
Landmark productions intend on running 10 special events in Dubai. The Kiss concert will be the first and the biggest one. If this event goes off without a hitch, intrigue will build for future Landmark events. Check out the trailer for the concert below.