As of today, KISS has announced that the final shows of their farewell tour will take place later this year.
During a recent conversation with Howard Stern, KISS confirmed that the final shows of their farewell tour will take place on December 1st and the 2nd, in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
Per KISS singer Paul Stanley, he says (as transcribed by The Pit): “Those are the last two shows of the band. We’re finishing up where we started.”
When it comes to those who question if this is really the end of KISS touring, Stanley says:
“Some people have kind of snickered and said ‘Oh this End of the Road Tour has gone on for years.’ Yeah, we lost two and a half years to COVID; we would have been done already. So yes, this is the end.”
At one point during the conversation, Sterns speaks up and refers to a comment Gene Simmons made about crying at the band’s last show. In response to this, Simmons says:
“Oh, I’m sure. I kid around a lot – ‘men don’t do that’ – I’m sure I’m gonna cry like a 9-year-old girl whose foot is being stepped on.”
Simmons then adds:
“KISS was born on 23rd street; it’s only taken us 50 years to go play the final shows 10 blocks away on 33rd street, which is Madison Square Garden.”
So is this really the end of KISS? Well at the beginning of this year, Stanely made a comment saying that he is open to playing one-off shows even after retirement. And per another past interview, Simmons said that KISS will “continue” even after the band has stopped touring.
So really, only time will tell. That said, as far as this farewell tour is concerned, KISS says the final shows will take place on December 1st and 2nd in NYC. Will you be attending?