KISS Adding Another 100 Cities To Their Final Tour
Gene Simmons revealed that the final date for KISS’ End of the Road Tour is unclear as the band recently announced that they are planning to add not just one city, but “100 cities” to the shows.
In a recent interview with Chaoszine, the rocker jokingly explained:
“We don’t know. We’ve never retired before. This is our first time. It’s like painting a painting or writing a book. When somebody says, ‘When is it gonna be finished?’ You’re in the middle of it; you don’t know.
“The crew is happy. Everybody’s happy. So we’ve decided to add another 100 cities before we stop. I don’t know how long that’s gonna take.”
Initially, the final show was scheduled on July 17, 2021, but since the pandemic got in the way of live music, the tour is now assumed to wrap on Jan. 30, 2023. Simmons added:
“We didn’t think about 50 years or anything like that.
“We just thought, ‘OK, I’m gonna be 70 years old’ before the pandemic started; maybe it’s time to stop so we don’t go too long. I don’t care who you are — at some point, you have to get off the stage, and it’s better for the fans and you and for the legacy to get off the stage while you’re still great. Don’t wait until you’re too old. Don’t do that.”
When asked if Kiss would add more dates beyond the “100 cities,” Simmons said “probably not,” but noted that he said the same thing before. He continued:
“I don’t know. A lot of it has to do with how we feel and how strong we are. But this is a tour that will not stop until it stops. So we’re not gonna take a year off and then resume. We’re in the tour mode, and we’re gonna stay out there until we stop. Do I know where the last show is gonna be or when? I do not know. But I’m telling you: We are having the time of our lives.”
The band resumed their End of the Road farewell tour on June 1 in Dortmund, Germany and will run through July 21 before going back on the road in early October.