Kiss Announces Last Ever Tour Dates; Gene Simmons Says He’ll ‘Cry Like A 9-Year-Old’

It really is the end of the road for Kiss.

In all probability. We think. So they say.

But this time, we’ll believe Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons when they announced on Sirius XM’s “The Howard Stern Show” Wednesday that the band’s final concerts will be December 1 and 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“We’ll finish where we started,” Stanley told Stern, flanked by his bandmates in full make-up. “When you come to watch the show, it’s great. … Obviously it’s a kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll show. It’s all Kiss – just ramped up and ramped up. We give everything we have.”

Simmons added that he was sure he would “cry like a 9-year-old girl whose foot gets stepped on” during Kiss’ final moments on stage.

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The closing location makes sense for the venerable rockers, who burst out of New York 50 years ago.

Tickets for the last dates of The End of the Road Tour are available for a Kiss Army presale on March 6 at 10am at General sales begin March 10 at 10 a.m. on

The band’s farewell tour began in January 2019 and was scheduled to conclude at Madison Square Garden in July 2021. But postponements due to COVID-19 resulted in postponed dates that did not resume until August 2021.

This final leg kicks off October 29 at the Moody Center in Austin and crosses Canada, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Baltimore and other cities for the career finale.

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Kiss – from left, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer – visit SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” at SiriusXM Studios on March 1, 2023 in Los Angeles.

Despite a few personnel changes on guitar and drums over the years – Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer take on respective duties on this tour – Kiss has always persevered.

The pioneering rockers have been praised both for their ingenious stage personas – Stanley remains the Starchild and Simmons, with his evil tongue, the Demon – and their astute business acumen, selling everything from Kiss-branded lunchboxes during their five-decade career to boxes. .

And, with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, an inventory of guitar-cracking hits (“Detroit Rock City”, “Shout It Out Loud”, “Calling Dr. Love”, “Lick It Up” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” between their mindlessly fun fist pumpers) and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Kiss legacy will live on after their final bows.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss perform at the Domination music festival in Mexico City.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss perform at the Domination music festival in Mexico City.

Where does Kiss play its last shows?

October 29, 2023 Austin, TX Moody Center

November 1, 2023 Palm Springs, CA Acrisure Arena

November 3, 2023 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

November 6, 2023 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena

November 8, 2023 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

November 10, 2023 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place

November 12, 2023 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome

November 13, 2023 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Center

November 15, 2023 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Center

November 18, 2023 Montreal, QC Center Bell

November 19, 2023 Quebec, QC Videotron Center

November 21, 2023 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Center

November 22, 2023 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

November 24, 2023 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena

November 25, 2023, Indianapolis. IN Gainbridge Field House

November 27, 2023 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena

November 29, 2023 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena

December 1, 2023 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

December 2, 2023 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kiss tour 2023: Band announce final shows ever in New York City

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