KISS and Motley Crue announced their summer co-headlining tour -- which will simply be called The Tour -- at a press conference in L.A. yesterday. The bands were introduced by comedian George Lopez. KISS and the Crue haven't toured together since 1982. Each act will do a 90-minute full-stage show at every stop.

As to exactly how it will work, we can tell you KISS will close the show and that the bands won't be playing together. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley revealed to us that there will be two distinct stages for each band on one bigger stage and that the specifics are still being designed. Pressed for more details about the kind of spectacle fans can expect, Stanley and Gene Simmons both good-naturedly poked fun at Crue drummer Tommy Lee -- Stanley saying that he'd be playing only one drum and would raise it over his head as a finale, and Simmons "revealing" that they're working with scientists on a 3D version of Tommy's notorious sex tape, which can be used as a show opener.

As to whether the bands will be competitive with each other, Stanley calls it a matter of pride. "I think you go out there and want to be the best. Motley's going to go out there and kick ass, and that's what we're there for, too. If it's competition, it's healthy competition."

KISS has just finished recording their new album, Monster, but Stanley tells us he doesn't think it will be out before the tour, although its first single should be. Motley Crue have been working on material for a new album, which should be out next year. Bassist Nikki Sixx says they'll be performing a song they've already completed called "Sex" on the tour.

The tour starts July 20th in Bristow, Virginia and hits more than 40 cities before wrapping up September 23rd in Hartford, Connecticut. Most shows go on sale Friday.

  • 7/20 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
  • 7/21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
  • 7/22 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
  • 7/24 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • 7/25 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 7/27 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
  • 7/28 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
  • 7/31 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
  • 8/3 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • 8/4 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavillion
  • 8/7 - Albuquerque, NM - Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
  • 8/8 - Englewood, CO - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
  • 8/10 - Phoenix, AZ - Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
  • 8/11 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Arts Center
  • 8/12 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 8/14 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 8/16 - Concord, CA- Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
  • 8/18 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
  • 8/19 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
  • 8/24 - Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam
  • 8/26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
  • 8/27 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
  • 8/29 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
  • 8/31 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend MusicCenter
  • 9/1 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
  • 9/2 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagra Pavilion
  • 9/4 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
  • 9/5 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 9/7 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  • 9/8 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
  • 9/11 - Allegan, MI - Allegan County Fair
  • 9/12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
  • 9/13- Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  • 9/15 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • 9/16- Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
  • 9/18- Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
  • 9/19 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
  • 9/21- Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 9/22 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • 9/23 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre

Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil talk about a new song they’ll work into The Tour:


Disturbed singer David Draiman has given fans a few hints about the project he'll be working on during the band's hiatus. He tweeted to various fans that the as-yet-unnamed project will feature a more "industrial" sound in the vein of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Draiman added that more about it will be revealed during his appearance on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show that will air on May 26th.


Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up for a cover of Carly Simon's 1973 number-one hit "You're So Vain." It will be available as a bonus track on Manson's Born Villain album, which is due out May 1st.

Manson tells MTV UK he and Depp decided to do "a cover of a song which we thought was ironic for each other. He played drums and lead guitar, and I played guitar and sang... The video will probably be us looking at each other in a mirror."

The paperback editions of AC/DC singer Brian Johnson's Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir and original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's No Regrets will both be out on June 5th. Guitarist Tony Iommi's Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell With Black Sabbath comes to paperback on October 9th.