Are you ready to rock? Kiss is touring Down Under. Picture: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Are you ready to rock? Kiss is touring Down Under. Picture: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
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PREPARE to cure your “arocknophobia” when Kiss bring their spider tour to Australia in October.

The legendary US rock band’s tour will also see them play Newcastle for the first time.

Kiss play Perth Arena October 3, Adelaide Entertainment Centre October 6, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne October 8, Sydney’s Allphones Arena October 10, Newcastle Entertainment Centre October 12 and Brisbane Entertainment Centre October 13.

Tickets are priced at around $ 98 for silver, $ 138 for gold and $ 250 for platinum and

go on sale 2pm March 26 from Ticketek.

The spider men’s schedule means they may be available to play the NRL Grand Final on October 4.

However it would require the band, and their mammoth staging, being transported to Sydney after they play their first show in Perth on October 3, a commitment which rules them out of the AFL grand final that day.

Both the AFL and NRL Grand Finals take place on the same weekend this year.

Spider web … Kiss play under their hi-tech spider. Picture: Supplied

Kiss are the masters of merchandise and monetising meet and greets.

A limited amount of $ 1250 VIP packages will be available for Australia, which include (painted) facetime and a photo opportunity with the band, as well as a chance to watch them perform an acoustic set minus their trademark makeup.

The packages, which have sold out immediately in the past, also include a platinum ticket, personal autograph, exclusive T-shirt, poster and official Kiss guitar picks.

The band will be supported by The Dead Daisies, featuring former members of Guns N’Roses, Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. John Corabi has replaced Jon Stevens as singer for the band for this tour.

Kiss in 2015 feature original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, with guitarist Tommy Thayer wearing the spaceman costume made famous by Ace Frehley and drummer Eric Singer wearing Peter Criss’ catman outfit.

The band are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Stanley and Simmons meeting, the band have gone on to sell over 100 million albums and spawning hits Detroit Rock City (which the Foo Fighters covered on their Australian tour this year), I Was Made For Loving You, Love Gun, Shout It Out Loud, Rock and Roll All Night and Shandi.

Rockers Kiss to tour Down Under

Booty … Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley remain the backbone, and big boots, of Kiss. Picture: Supplied
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KISS SPIDER TOUR STATS

4 — the number of musicians on stage

16 — the number of semi-trailers used to transport the stage

20 — the number of flame machines used in the tour

38 — the number of winches which enable the spider to move up and down

100 — the number of LED lights that can make the spider glow any colour

160 — the number of staff required to build the show each night

220 — the number of automated lights on the stage

300 — the amount of dry ice used in kilograms

900 — the number of pyrotechnics used in each show

43,500 — the weight of the stage in kilograms

400,000 — the number of watts of sound at each show

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