Kiss to rock Tribeca Film Festival with live gig after documentary debut

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Kiss will play live at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of a new documentary on the band that’s famed for its makeup and excessive live gigs.

The ’70s icons will play a special live show at an as-yet undisclosed location after part one of the A&E film “Biography: KISStory” debuts.

Founding Kiss rockers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will perform with current band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

The two-part film will then air on A&E over two nights, June 27 and 28.

The film is directed by D.J. Viola and chronicles five decades of Kiss. The film features Stanley and Simmons, along with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, manager Doc McGhee and producer Bob Ezrin.

A press release on the film, and the live Tribeca show, did not mention Kiss’ other two original members, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.

The Kiss film is one of a number of music projects screening at Tribeca this year, including docs on Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, New Wave pioneers Blondie, Scandinavian pop act A-ha and late funk master Rick James.

In the meantime, recent reports have said that Netflix is nearing a deal to make a Kiss biopic. Deadline reported that the proposed project, “Shout It Out Loud,” would include the cooperation of Stanley and Simmons.

The Tribeca festival kicks off June 9, with screenings at a number of outdoor venues, including Brookfield Place, Pier 57 Rooftop and The Battery in Hudson Yards. Last year’s event, normally held in April, was canceled due to coronavirus. 

The fest was founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 as a way to support Lower Manhattan.

Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.


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