Kiss is back with a hit album, proving that nearly 40 years into their career, the band is still a force to be reckoned with. Their newly released collection, Monster, debuted on the Billboard 200 album charts at Number Three -- one position lower than 2009's Sonic Boom collection -- but tied with the band's next highest charting set, 1998's Psycho Circus.
Gene Simmons admits that the love and support the band has been given by their "Kiss Army" remains beyond their wildest imaginations: "Kiss fans are beyond anything we ever dared hope for, in terms of fans. We were gonna be happy with just being able to sell a record and, and doing our music, but to get this kind of loyalty is beyond anything we ever expected."
Paul Stanley, who co-produced Monster, admits that he's never surprised by how deep Kiss' fan devotion continues to run worldwide: "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."
Kiss will next perform from October 31st through November 4th on their "Kiss Kruise" in Miami, Florida on the Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Pearl.