Kiss have announced its’ “biggest concert ever,” a giant livestreamed New Year’s Eve show taking place in Dubai that will involve a live audience, more than 50 cameras, “numerous world record attempts for largest ever pyro display.” and a 400-person crew, half of whom are being flown in specifically for the event.
A rep for the event tells Variety that producer Dan Catullo anticipates approximately 2,000-3,000 attendees for the live concert, with the exact number to be determined by rooming capacity of the hotel: due to safety protocol the event is limited to people staying at the hotel. Details on travel packages will be announced in the coming days.
While the announcement is filled with superlatives about the show, it also stresses: “Putting nearly 400 crew members back to work for the first time in eight months, the production will take extraordinary on-site COVID protocols including daily testing and biometric crew wristbands to ensure highest safety standards for the entire event. Performed in front of a live COVID-screened and safe audience in Dubai, this will be a first of its kind hybrid live-ticketed and live streamed event.”
Further details were not immediately available, but safety protocol is sure to be an issue as the event gets closer.
The event, taking place at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, will be filmed in 4K and can be seen globally with a 1080p Livestream.
“After nine months of this pandemic darkness the world may finally be seeing light of day. On New Year’s Eve, Kiss will rock the heavens, shake the earth and blaze the way out of 2020 with the largest and most bombastic celebration in our and anyone else’s history,” the group said in a statement. “We all need it. We all deserve it. Here’s to 2021.”
Daniel E Catullo III, director and executive producer of Landmarks Live, said, “Working with Kiss is an honor and dream come true for me. Logistically, this was the largest undertaking and production I’ve ever done and during a pandemic made it all the more challenging. Almost 5 months of planning, hundreds of working crew, coordination with the Dubai Government, major logistics and coordination with the band, and putting on a rock show during a global pandemic, this show will go down in the record books.”
The show will also feature a live pre-show that can be streamed for free. While the show will be broadcast live timed to midnight in Dubai, all of the streaming packages allow a replay option so that fans can re-watch timed to their own midnight festivities.
- $39.99- Live Stream and 24 hours of unlimited replays
- $49.99 – Live Stream and 72 hours of unlimited replays
- $249.99- Gold VIP package- Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited Edition DVD w/ 16-page book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster
- $999.999- Platinum VIP Package- Live Stream, 30 days of unlimited replays, Limited edition DVD w/ 16-page book, name in DVD credits and in book, Limited edition T-shirt, limited edition poster (autographed), limited edition Hoodie, metal engraved limited edition commemorative ticket, limited edition vinyl record of the show