Kiss Coming To Game Console Near You

If the thought of Kiss packing up its greasepaint and spandex for good bums you out in a major way, fear not. The band will live on forever in a mountain of Kiss-related merchandise that will soon include a video game.

"KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child" will arrive this summer, giving PC and Sega Dreamcast players the chance to shoot their way through a big top populated by demonic circus creatures inspired by the band's recent "Psycho Circus" line of comic books and action figures (both crafted by "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane).

Not too surprisingly, Kiss tunes pop up throughout the game, as jukeboxes in the game churn out such songs as "Psycho Circus," "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," "Shout It Out Loud," "Hotter Than Hell," "God Of Thunder," "Love Gun," "Cold Gin," and "Unholy."

The band members turn up as well, presiding over four distinct worlds that players must work through in an effort to stop the Nightmare Child. Gene Simmons'

Demon comes armed with a giant toxic, flame-throwing dragon, while Paul Stanley's Starbearer brandishes a water cannon. Not to be outdone, Ace Frehley's Celestial is packing a tractor beam, and Peter Criss' Beastmaster totes something dubbed a "beheading whip."

A far less well-armed version of the band is currently on the road making the rounds on what is being billed as the group's farewell tour. Here's where you can see the real deal:

  • 3/27 - West Valley, UT @ E Center
  • 3/28 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 3/29 - Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena
  • 3/31 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
  • 4/1 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
  • 4/2 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 4/4 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Myriad Convention Ctr.
  • 4/5 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena
  • 4/6 - Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Ctr.
  • 4/8 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Mars Music Amphitheatre
  • 4/9 - Estero, FL @ TECO Arena
  • 4/11 - Orlando, FL @ TD Waterhouse Centre
  • 4/12

    - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace

  • 4/14 - Birmingham, AL @ Birm.-Jefferson Arena
  • 4/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 4/16 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
  • 4/18 - Columbia, SC @ Carolina Coliseum
  • 4/20 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum
  • 4/21 - Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center
  • 4/22 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
  • 4/24 - Chattanooga, TN @ UTC Arena
  • 4/25 - Memphis, TN @ Pyramid
  • 4/28 - Antioch, TN @ AmSouth Amphitheatre
  • 4/29 - Louisville, KY @ Freedom Hall
  • 4/30 - Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
  • 5/13 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amphitheater
  • 5/28 - George, WA @ Gorge
  • 6/3 - Devore, CA @ G.H. Blockbuster Pavilion