KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer were the special guests at the 2012 Indianapolis KISS Fan Expo, which took place this past Saturday, May 12 at the Marriott East hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. This marked Tommy's first official appearance as a guest at a KISS Expo and his only KISS Expo appearance this year. Both Thayer and Singer took part in a question-and-answer session and each musician was available for autographs throughout the day.
Fan-filmed video footage of the event can be seen below.
KISS recently completed work on its 20th studio album, "Monster", for a tentateive fall release. The follow-up to 2009's "Sonic Boom" was again produced by KISS fronman Paul Stanley and was described by bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons in a recent interview with Billboard as "either the best or one of the top three records we've ever done. It's like 'Revenge' meets 'Destroyer' — just guitar and drums, nothing else. No keyboards, no little boys' choir, no strings, no nothing. Band-written; literally we'd get in and strum guitars like the old days."
"Monster" will be accompanied by an over-sized art book containing paintings, drawings, photos and other impressions by various artists, inspired by KISS. According to Simmons, the book "should weigh 100 pounds or more" and come with its own stand. "It's something you can't put on your coffee table, 'cause it'll crush it. It IS the coffee table," he said.
Songtitles set to appear on "Monster" include "It's A Long Way Down", "Back To The Stone Age", "Shout Mercy", "Out Of This World", "Wall Of Sound" and "Hell Or Hallelujah".