KISS reveal schedule for first leg of their 2019 'End of the Road' farewell tour

The shock rock legends have officially announced that the band will call it quits after one final run around the world, bringing an end to a career that spans over 45 years.


                            KISS reveal schedule for first leg of their 2019 'End of the Road' farewell tour

Last month, KISS announced that they will be bringing an end to over four decades of their mind-blowing make-up, pyro and elaborate costume-filled live performances.

Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have unveiled the schedule for the first leg of dates for their 'End of the Road World Tour.' As Billboard notes, KISS will launch their End of the Road Tour on Jan. 31 in Vancouver, B.C., at Rogers Arena and play a whopping 43 dates throughout North America for their farewell excursion. Following the American leg, which runs through mid-April, the band will make their way across the pond for shows in the UK, Europe, and Russia.

“This time out is far beyond what we have done before, not just because of technology. It is because the meaning of this tour is so, so great because we have been an indelible part of people’s lives, but guess what -- people have been an indelible part of our lives,” Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley told Billboard. “A thank you is in order, but also one last time to live up to what everybody says we have been and what we are.”

Fans might have a tough time digesting the fact that the shock rockers' live touring days are indeed coming to a close, but the band has confirmed it to be true. We're still not sure if they will be releasing any new material after the run. “One thing for sure is that this is the last tour. What goes beyond that is really hard to say,” Stanley says of what will happen to the band beyond their End of the Road dates. “The tour may go three years, but once we play your city, it is done. That is our big thank you.”



 

For their farewell tour, KISS will perform hits from their expansive decades-long catalog. Songs will range from their 1974 debut album to well into the 1990s and beyond.

“For all the audience saying ‘When are you going to record a new album or will you play a deep cut?’ Why? We have ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Love Gun,’ ‘Rock and Roll All Night,’ “Shout Out Loud,’ ‘Firehouse,’ ‘Hotter Than Hell,’ and the list goes on and on,” says Stanley. “There isn’t room for some obscure song. Songs that are obscure are obscure for a reason.”

“When we introduce ourselves for 45 years with you, [you] wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world. The bar is very high, maybe the highest. We’re in competition only with ourselves,” says frontman Gene Simmons.

“We don’t wish any ill will to anybody else, but we’re too busy being the most fabulous band on planet earth. Look at us. Just one look and you go ‘Wow.’”

Tickets for the general public go up for sale on Friday, November 2. Tickets are available here. KISS will also be offering VIP experiences and special Kiss Army fan presales beginning on Oct. 31. Kiss meet and greet experiences will be available beginning Tuesday (Oct. 30) at 10 a.m. local time through Epic Rights.



 

It's worth noting that this isn't KISS' first farewell tour so fans do have adequate reasons to be suspicious of whether it will indeed be the final curtain call. In explaining the difference between this forthcoming jaunt and KISS’s previous farewell tour in 2000,  Stanley said: “The [2000] farewell tour was at the end of the time that we had brought back the two original members [guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss] and it was such drudgery and so difficult and so unhappy that it just seemed like ‘let’s put the horse down.’” He added, “After the tour was over, it didn’t take me very long to realize I didn’t want to say goodbye to the band; I wanted to say goodbye to two members.”

But Stanley wouldn’t rule out appearances by Frehley, Criss, or any other former KISS member be a part of the upcoming tour, adding, “This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Find the full schedule of tour dates for the first leg of KISS' grand finale below:

KISS 2019 End of the Road Tour Dates:
01/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
02/01 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
02/02 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
02/04 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
02/07 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
02/08 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Arena
02/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
02/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
02/13 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
02/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
02/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/19 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
02/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
02/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
02/23 – Memphis, TN @ Fedex Forum
02/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
02/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
03/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
03/02 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
03/06 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
03/07 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center
03/09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
03/10 – Moline, IL @ Taxslayer Center
03/12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC! Yum Center
03/13 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
03/16 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
03/19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
03/22 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
03/23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
03/26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
03/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
04/02 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron
04/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
04/06 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
04/07 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
04/09 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
04/11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
04/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
04/13 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
05/27 – Leipzig, DE @ Leipziger Messe
05/29 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
05/31 – Munich, DE @ Konigsplatz
06/02 – Essen, DE @ Georg Meiches Stadium
06/04 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne
06/05 – Hannover, DE @ Exo-plaza
06/07 – Norje, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
06/11 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Ice Arena
06/13 – Moscow, RU @ Dinamon Stadium
06/16 – Keiv, UA @ NSA Stadum
06/18 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
06/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
06/27 – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock
06/28 – Trondheim, NO @ Trondheim Rocks
07/02 – Milan, IT @ Ippodromo Snai San Siro
07/04 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
07/06 – Iffezheim, DE @ Reenbahn
07/09 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Arena
07/11 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
07/12 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
07/14 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Arena
07/16 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro