KISS Army Norway and Voices Music Entertainment will release a tribute album next year featuring chart-topping and award-winning bands from Norway performing their favourite KISS songs. Ken Kelly, who did the legendary paintings for the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" albums, has painted his third KISS cover for this tribute CD. KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick salutes his Norwegian fans by joining glam heroes WIG WAM for what is described as "the hottest version" of "I Was Made For Loving You" ever recorded. Also set to appear on the album are STAGE DOLLS, SURFEROSA, ULVER, KISSETTES (a Norwegian all-female KISS tribute act "that will blow your mind"), and TNT's Ronni Le Tekro and Tony Harnell.
Voices Music Entertainment have reportedly invested more money into the album cover than on any other releases in their 16-year history. Executive producer Stig Karlsen says that the music and the musicians obviously are most important, but that the package alone will be so special and historic that it will put all previous KISS tributes to shame. Posters and promotional sheets will be made of the album cover. The album might also be released on vinyl in a limited edition.
In Norway these bands need no introduction, but here's a short introduction for the international rock fans:
STAGE DOLLS: Platinum-selling and #1 chart-topping rock band from Norway who also climbed to #43 on the Billboard singles chart in 1989 with "Love Cries". STAGE DOLLS ironically worked with KISS producer Ron Nevison on their hit single "Love Don't Bother Me" in 1991. They have also toured the world with such bands as FASTER PUSSYCAT, WARRANT and MR. BIG.
TNT's Ronni Le Tekro and Tony Harnell: TNT are yet another platinum-selling and #1 chart-topping band from Norway. They are also one of the few Norwegian bands to have entered the U.S. Billboard chart. Believe it or not, KISS manager Doc McGhee was once their manager as well. TNT are the most sucsessful hard rock band in Norway and hard rock fans from the whole world should remember their album "Tell No Tales" and their hit single "10,000 Lovers In One". The band have done headlining tours in USA, Japan and Europe and have also toured with TWISTED SISTER and GREAT WHITE. The two most important members of the group, Tony Harnell (vocals) and Ronni Le Tekro (lead guitar), will record a song for this KISS tribute album.
SURFEROSA: A synth-punk band with two Top Ten hits on the Norwegian charts: "Saturday Night" and "Neon Commando". The band have a strong fan base and they always deliver energetic live shows. SURFEROSA recently toured USA and Japan.
ULVER: Nominated at the Norwegian Grammy Award twice (Spellemannsprisen 2002/2003). Strangely enough, ULVER are more popular outside Norway than in their own country. ULVER were originally a black metal band that has gone more into the direction of dark and mysterious electronica. They are also known to have done the sountrack for such Scandinavian motion pictures as "UNO", "Svidd Neger" and "Lyckantropen".
More information, including an interview with executive producer Stig Karlsen, is available at this location.