We keep hearing very good things about US crew Taking Dawn and next week we’ll actually get the chance to hear them as the Roadrunner mob support label mates Airbourne across the UK.

But what was already going to be a big year for the hard rocking quartet could become huge after they bagged the opening slot on Kiss’ 2010 arena tour.

Frontman and guitarist Chris Babbitt is excited at the prospect of hitting the Sonic Boom tour and admitted: “I still think my guys are fucking with me.

“Isn’t Ashton Kutcher supposed to punk only famous people?  Not even in 100,000 years did I think we’d really be opening for Kiss…especially after the third farewell tour!

“We’ve got our Love Gun locked and loaded, and can’t wait to strut the same stage as our heroes.  This is such an honour it’s almost too overwhelming for words”.

The full dates line up as follows.  Tickets are on sale now from box offices and all usual agents, and online at www.livenation.co.uk.

Sat 1st May – SHEFFIELD Arena

Sun 2nd May – NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena

Tue 4th May – LIVERPOOL Arena

Wed 5th May – BIRMINGHAM LG Arena

Fri 7th May – DUBLIN O2 Arena

Sun 9th May – GLASGOW SECC

Mon 10th May – MANCHESTER MEN Arena

Wed 12th May – LONDON Wembley Arena

Thu 13th May – LONDON Wembley Arena

Taking Dawn are on the road now with Airbourne and play the following shows in April:

Thu 1st Apr – LONDON Hammersmith Apollo

Fri 2nd Apr – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy

Sat 3rd Apr – MANCHESTER Apollo

Mon 5th Apr – EDINBURGH Picture House

Tue 6th Apr – GLASGOW O2 Academy

Wed 7th Apr – LEEDS O2 Academy

Thu 8th Apr – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy

Sat 10th Apr – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall

Sun 11th Apr – NOTTINGHAM Rock City

Tue 13th Apr – BELFAST Mandela Hall

Wed 14th Apr – DUBLIN Academy