The hottest band in all the land is leaving Japan ice cold as they have canceled their 2011 Japanese tour due to "unforeseen" circumstances.

Last summer some of us had the privilege of watching KISS rock out at SPAC, and if you have never been to a KISS show than you're missing out.  Unfortunately they will not be rocking for the people of Japan, at all.  The guys have canceled their 2011 Japanese tour just days before tickets were to go on sale.  No word on what the official cause of the cancellation right now they are just calling it "unforeseen circumstances" but it seems like they are ditching the land of the rising sun for the recording studio.

According to a source close to the band they are planning on jumping back into the studio this March to record a follow up to 2009's Sonic Boom.  Maybe the itch to do a new record got the best of them.  It could also be because the guys are getting up their in age and are far less excited about Continent jumping to play tunes.  I can't say I blame them.  It's not like they need the money or publicity.  I am a little confused as to why they are rushing to record another album.  Sonic Boom was met with a collective "ehh" by most KISS fans and most definitely didn't earn them any new ones.  When talking about the new album, guitarist Tommy Thayer said in an interview with

I know we are going to start working on it really soon in terms of the writing and rehearsing and we'll probably be in the studio by March, so sometime this year I'm sure you'll see a spanking new KISS album that's gonna kick some butt!

Front man Paul Stanley will be producing the record.  He produced Sonic Boom for the band which charted at #2 the first week of it's release.  Thayer also said that nobody knows what a KISS record should sound like, like Paul so he is perfect for the job.