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08/15/2013 04:20 pm ET | Updated Aug 16, 2013

KISS-Owned Arena Football Team Announced For Los Angeles; L.A. KISS To Debut In 2014

Jon Bon Jovi did it. Now KISS is doing it.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, two founding members of legendary band KISS, became the latest rock 'n' rollers to try their hand at owning an Arena Football League team. It will even bear the band's name: L.A. KISS.

The new team will launch its inaugural season in 2014, playing home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the league announced Thursday.

"As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” Simmons said in a release.

As incentive to generate interest in the indoor team, KISS will play a free concert for season ticket holders. Unrelated to that event, the band is also scheduled to perform Friday in Orlando, Fla., the site of Saturday's ArenaBowl XXVI.

Bon Jovi was an original co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul team, which won the 2008 ArenaBowl.

The last pro football team in the Los Angeles area was the Avengers. That team folded in 2009.

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