By Cameron Adams, National music writer, Herald Sun
AS soon as KISS announced their farewell tour, frontman Paul Stanley knew there would be cynics.
Because The End of the Road tour, starting next year, is actually KISS' second goodbye.
The original KISS line-up reformed for a farewell tour that ran from 2000 to 2001, but lost drummer Peter Criss before it finished and guitarist Ace Frehley soon after.
“The first farewell tour was almost 19 years ago,” Stanley says. “Cynics be damned. Those people will always find something to say. That (reformed) line-up of the band was dysfunctional. People in the band weren’t showing respect to the fans or the band itself. We decided to put the horse down. The truth is we’ve carried on for 19 years (since the first farewell) because we realised people still wanted to see KISS, we just had to have a tyre change.”
For this farewell tour, dubbed The End of the Road, KISS will again be Stanley, Simmons and “new boys” Tommy Thayer (15 years in the band) and Eric Singer (27 years).
Stanley insists this will be it, despite bands regularly receiving raised eyebrows when they announce they’re splitting for good — Motley Crue had to sign a pact in public to prove to fans that their final tour was indeed the last goodbye.
“Not to take away from anybody else, but you can make up any piece of paper that makes people believe one thing or another,” Stanley says.
Thank you, Chris. We will make you proud at your final KISS show!
KISS - Happy day! Got my KISS tickets for the End Of The Road in the mail. Remembered my first KISS show in San Antonio & only hope the guys know what an influence they have been over the years!! Almost 36 years to the day! - Chris Schwartz
KTLA anchor Frank Buckley talks KISS' Final tour & more with KISS co-founder and rock star Gene Simmons.
SO COOL! Thanks for sharing, Leo. We will see you & your family in Vancouver.
KISS, It was 1983, I was 6 years old ... and my mom brought me to my first KISS show. And it was epic! Maracana Stadium, RJ Brazil, in front of more than 200 thousand screaming fans. And now, here in Vancouver, it's time for my 2 lovely 6-year-old twin daughters to experience this magic from our 3rd-row seats. We wanted the best, and we got the best! Leo and Family ;)
Message from Gene Simmons:
To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.
Finland! We are headlining Rockfest next year on our final tour ever.
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Rodrigo Gonzalez is traveling with his wife & 8-Year-Old daughter all the way from Panama to see KISS at Amalie Arena in Tampa next April.
Are you traveling to see us or are we coming to your home town?