According to Page Six of the New York Post, KISS will play live at the Tribeca Film Festival following a screening of a new documentary about the band.

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 members 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 27th and 28th.

The film is directed by D.J. Viola and chronicles five decades of KISS. The film features Stanley and Simmons, along with Foo Fighters’ 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 documentaries on Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Blondie, Scandinavian pop act A-ha and 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 begins June 9th, 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 festival was founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 as a way to support Lower Manhattan.

KISS, a New York band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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  • bobrod on

    Stop with the music biopics! They’re out of control. None will get anywhere near as good as the Queen biopic. I can’t see one on Kiss being anything other than an utter embarrassment.

    • elliot goldberg on

      “out of control”..i know a peter criss album when i hear one. #classiccatman

  • dcinsc7 on

    Based on the narratives from Paul’s book “Face the Music” and Gene’s memoir, there are plenty of plot points to make a really good “us-against-the-world” and “rags-to-riches” story. Also there will be plenty of humor in the biopic. I feel confident that the biopic will be extremely entertaining highlighting these two extraordinary individuals who shook the world of rock. Don’t expect too much time spent on Peter and Ace. They will be background characters only there to enhance Gene and Paul. Ace will be “comic relief” and Peter will be the “brooding, disgruntled one”- Hollywood stereotypes. The 1980s will probably be handled in a two-minute montage with “Lick It Up” playing. And the biopic ends with the original members backstage before the first reunion show!

  • RTunes68 on

    I realize I’m putting the cart before the horse here since the Netflix deal hasn’t even been finalized, but casting for this biopic should be interesting. I imagine they’ll go “The Dirt” route and cast relatively unknown or just-up-and-coming actors to play the band.

    • Rattlehead on

      Well, Gene and Paul are great at casting others to act as other band members, so……..

    • Dana on

      as Kelso would say on That 70s Show, “Burrrrnnnn…’

    • Doug R. on

      LOL! That’s a great one, bro, and so true! And I second that burn! 😉

  • robert davenport on

    I think a biopic or film if handled correctly could be good , most everyone even casual fans know the kiss story. It would have to be fairly honest and not continue to beat a dead horse & trash ace & pete into oblivion also they would need special extra material ,events and stories no one has heard or seen before- if there is enough of that it could be really good .
    Kiss playing ” live” in 2021. Gimmie a break , more like kiss will be putting on a special enhanced performance …..

  • genesraccoonwig on

    Yawn….Gene and Paul telling the world their story….get ready for the same tired cliques.
    All you need to see is the Tom Synder interview: Control Freaks Gene and Paul try to control a drunk plumber named Ace and a subdued gun loving Peter.

    The guest stars might make it worth it. I doubt it.

    Documentary I am looking forward to is Blondie – love that band…Clem Burke is a monster drummer….and if you seen their induction to the Hall of Fame, trainwreck is a word that comes to mind

    • Dana on

      But, Genesraccoonwig, you will be featured prominently in all of these films 🙂

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Dana…Sometimes…even Gene Simmons is sick of Gene Simmons….On 2nd thought that would make for a great T-shirt on

    • Dana on

      LOL!! But, I don’t believe Gene would ever get sick of himself. 😉

    • elliot goldberg on

      rumor has it kiss has a genesraccoonwig understudy in case there’s an emergency and a (hair) replacement is needed. i would hate for grw to have the rug pulled out from under him for a similar looking, but unoriginal and cheaply made model. will the real grw please stand up! (or at least stay in place)

    • Dana on


    • genesraccoonwig on

      All good fun EG

      Actually have a good head of hair still – even if Salt and Pepper – good to have snow on the roof at my age if you know what I mean.

      One thing I beat real Gene at

    • elliot goldberg on

      grw is secretly shopping in the peter criss aisle for salt & pepper. the bassist “locks” in with the drummer.

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