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KISS is about to take over NYC ahead of its final show. And I mean TAKE OVER.

If Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are to be believed, the final, FINAL KISS shows (at least with Gene and Paul) will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on December 1 and 2. Why NYC? Because that’s where the band was formed about 50 years ago.

Being the most merchandise-conscious band of all time, the band is taking over the city between November 29 and December 3) in the most retail-minded way possible. They’re calling these “activations.”

  • A KISStore pop-up store featuring all kinds of merch at 248 West 37th Street.
  • A KISS NYC Takeover Google Map – An interactive map built with Google that will allow fans to locate the KISS activation spots pinned throughout the city
  • KISS metro cards: You need a subway card to get around the city, so why not a KISS-branded one?
  • It’ll be KISS night at MSG on November 29 when the New York Rangers take on Detroit. Expect lots of Instagram-able KISS-theme activities plus KISS/Rangers merch.
  • KISS themed wraps of The New York Post that will be handed out by special ambassadors. Oh, and they come with KISS cookies.
  • KISS ads plastered throughout Penn Station.
  • A bunch of NYC taxis will be wrapped in KISS liveries. About 800 of them will feature special KISS content on the passenger screens.
  • Peloton classes featuring KISS music.
  • KISS pizza from Prince Street Pizza (a collectible pizza box!)
  • Temporary KISS tattos and face painting at Inked NYC at 150 West 22nd Street.
  • KISS RIPNDIP merchandise will be available for purchase at the RIPNDIP NYC store at 620 Broadway

I know SO many people who are going to empty their bank accounts for this. And just in time for Christmas, too.

Alan Cross

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