Coming on June 11th is the first release of Kiss‘ official live bootleg series, “Off The Soundboard,” with Tokyo 2001. The show was taped on March 13th, 2001 at Japan’s Tokyo Dome, and will be will be available as a triple-LP standard black vinyl set, a 2-CD set, digital downloads, and available to stream. The 21-track concert features co-founders Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Ace Frehley, along with drummer Eric Singer.
Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 will also be available as an exclusive triple-LP set pressed on “crystal clear vinyl with bone swirl” via the official Kiss Online Store
According to the official announcement:
Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 captures Kiss giving the packed 55,000 seat venue the quintessential Kiss live experience, direct from the soundboard with such classic anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Heaven’s On Fire,” “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” as well as rarities such as “I Still Love You” from 1982’s Creatures Of The Night.
Gene Simmons explained that no one puts more into their performance than Kiss does: “I wear seven, eight-inch platform boots. Our outfits — mine, I don’t know, weighs at least about 40 pounds. I gotta spit fire and fly through the air and do all that kind of stuff; so if you put (Mick) Jagger and Bono — who are both great — in you stick ’em in my outfit, they’d pass out in a half-hour. We are the hardest working band in show business period.”
Paul Stanley told us that whether dealing with its past, present, or future, Kiss should never be underestimated: “It really for me, resoundingly once again, I guess validates for me why this band exists. It’s not a tepid recreation of the past, it’s really an ageless beast that dominates at will. It’s timeless.”