KISS Dates Promise A 'Circus Macabre'

A "circus macabre" complete with high-wire acts and a Wheel of Terror will be part of KISS' forthcoming U.S. tour. The performances, in support of the glam rockers' latest album, "Psycho-Circus" (Mercury), will be "a family kind of fun with fire, blood, and explosions," claims Doc McGhee, the group's personal manager. Among the treats planned for the outing -- which will kick off on Halloween at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles -- are a 4-D screen where the images come out over the audience (the audience will be provided with special glasses, of course), as well as the re-enactment of various KISS comic book story lines by costumed performers. The full range of KISS merchandise will also be available, so that fans may snatch up the usual T-shirt and poster in addition to signed guitars, leather jackets, and gold records.

Fox TV is also getting behind the Psycho-Circus. The night before the tour commences, all four members of KISS -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss -- will be featured on the television show "Millennium." The program will have a Psycho-Circus story line and feature the band performing live and in cameo appearances. Coinciding with the first night of the tour, KISS will appear on Fox's "Mad Television," followed by the group's own special starting at midnight.