By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press | Kiss will wheel out the makeup, pyro and platform boots one last time, as the band heads out next year for the final shows of its farewell tour.
The band has announced 40-plus North American shows to cap its End of the Road World Tour, including a July 2021 career closer in its home state New York. By the time it wraps, the tour will have played more than 180 concerts on five continents.
The newly announced Kiss dates have the band returning to 15 markets it’s already hit on the farewell outing.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. local time in most markets. A Kiss Army club pre-sale will run from 10 a.m. Nov. 20 through 10 p.m. Nov. 21, while Citi credit card holders will have access to tickets from noon Nov. 20 through 10 p.m. Nov. 21.
The itinerary announced Thursday starts Feb. 1 in New Hampshire and wraps up with a pair of October shows in Texas.
And Kiss has already declared that it will officially conclude its career with a July 17, 2021, performance in New York City, where Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss formed the band that became one of the ‘70s best-selling acts and an enduring rock-merchandising machine.
The End of the Road World Tour kicked off in Vancouver in January, introducing a new high-tech production to go with old Kiss stage gimmicks and a greatest-hits set list. Simmons and Stanley are joined by drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer, part of the band lineup since the mid-2000s.
This isn’t the first time Kiss has toured under the guise of a goodbye — the band staged a farewell tour nearly two decades ago — but this one seems to be the real deal. By the time July 2021 arrives, Simmons will be 71 and Stanley will be 69.
“We’re wearing 30 to 40 pounds of gear, running around and making it look easy,” Stanley told the Detroit Free Press this spring. “It’s fun, but we also realize we can’t do it forever.”
Kiss final concert dates, End of the Road World Tour [Note that Denver is not listed – YET!]
(Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. local time Nov. 22 except where noted.)
(Go to the article for a listing of the scheduled shows).