KISS Final Tour 1/31/19

Kiss kicks of its final “End Of The Road” world tour tonight (January 31st) at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The tour will be hitting both indoor arenas and outdoor sheds, with the current lineup of Kiss featuring co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons along with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.

So far, the trek, which is expected to take a full three years to hit every territory, has 69 North American dates on the books, with the current leg wrapping on August 13th in Birmingham, Alabama. The band will be back on the road on August 6th in Sunrise, Florida and wraps the second North American run on September 16th in Oakland, California. There’s been no word whether Kiss will be undertaking their international legs during the spring hiatus — or whether they’ll be going abroad after the September dates.

Gene Simmons reiterated that no one puts more into their performance than Kiss does: [“I wear seven, eight-inch platform boots. Our outfits — mine, I don’t know, weighs at least about 40 pounds. I gotta spit fire and fly through the air and do all that kind of stuff; so if you put (Mick) Jagger and Bono — who are both great — in you stick ’em in my outfit, they’d pass out in a half-hour. We are the hardest working band in show business period.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . in show business period)

Paul Stanley says that committing to the job at hand over decades is what separates the men from the boys: [“Success initially is fairly easy. Sustaining success over the long haul is something that’s very challenging. So, at this point, we’re 40 years in and 100 million albums (sold) — so we’ve done quite well — it’ll be terrific.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . done quite well)

As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, Kiss already performed a “Farewell Tour.” The trek, which was the last to feature Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.

  • Kiss tour dates (subject to change):
    January 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
    February 1 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden Moda Center
    February 2 – Tacoma, WA -Tacoma Dome
    February 4 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
    February 7 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
    February 8 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
    February 9 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
    February 12 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
    February 13 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
    February 15 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
    February 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
    February 19 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
    February 20 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    February 22 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
    February 23 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
    February 26 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake
    February 27 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
    March 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
    March 2 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    March 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    March 6 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
    March 7 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
    March 9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    March 10 – Moline, IL – Mark of the Quad CiWes
    March 12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
    March 13 – Detroit, MI – Lible Caesars Arena
    March 16 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
    March 17 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
    March 19 – Montreal, QC – Canada Bell Centre
    March 20 – Toronto, ON – Canada Air Canada Centre
    March 22 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
    March 23 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
    March 26 – Boston, MA TD – Garden
    March 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    March 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
    March 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
    April 2 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
    April 3 – Obawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
    April 6 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
    April 7 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
    April 9 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    April 11 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
    April 12 – Jacksonville, FL- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    April 13 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC
    August 6 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
    August 8 – Charleston, NC – North Charleston Coliseum
    August 10 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
    August 11 –  Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
    August 13 –  Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    August 14 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
    August 16 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
    August 17 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
    August 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
    August 21 – Hershey, PA – HersheyPark Stadium
    August 23 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
    August 24 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 27 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
    August 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
    August 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    September 1 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    September 3 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
    September 5 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
    September 7 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
    September 8 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
    September 9 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
    September 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
    September 12 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    September 14 – Salt Lake City – USANA Amphitheatre
    September 16 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

SIDE NOTES

  • On June 4th, Paul Stanley will publish his second memoir, titled, Backstage Pass: The Starchild’s All-Access Guide To The Good Life via the HarperOne imprint. The book marks Stanley’s followup to his critically acclaimed bestselling 2014 memoir, Face The Music: A Life Exposed.
  • According to the product description on Amazon.com: “Paul shares fascinating details about his life — his fitness routine philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly 50 years filling arenas and selling out shows. (The book shares) his favorite meals, and includes recipes from friends such as Anthony BourdainRocco DiSpiritoMario Batali, and other star chefs.”