KISS to Join Forces With Yoshiki for New Year's Eve TV Special

About his band's upcoming collaboration with the Japanese rock icon, Gene Simmons gushes that it was an honor for them to perform on NHK for Japanese's Red and White Music Battle.

AceShowbiz - KISS and Japanese rock icon Yoshiki are teaming up for a New Years Eve super show.

The collaboration will air live on TV in Japan during the country's Red and White Music Battle on 31 December.

Yoshiki previously teamed up with KISS during their concerts at the Tokyo Dome and Kyocera Dome Osaka for performances of "Beth" and "Rock and Roll All Nite", while he also collaborated with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons to create a 72-piece orchestral cover of "Black Diamond" for the 1994 tribute album "Kiss My A**: Classic Kiss Regrooved" - and Simmons joined Yoshiki onstage to perform Rock and Roll All Nite at the Visual Japan Summit in Tokyo in 2016.

"I want us to create a performance that will have a big impact," Yoshiki says of the New Years Eve show. "I think we're really going to shock people."

"It's an honor to perform on NHK (TV network) in my favorite country in the world," Simmons adds in a statement, obtained by WENN. "Yoshiki is a Japanese legend, but he never forgets to have a humble heart. I've been influenced by his humble approach to his work."

Yoshiki has been a longtime KISS fan, revealing the band's music helped him cope following the sudden death of his father when he was a child.

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