KISS to Launch Farewell Tour in 2019

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After a 45-year career, KISS announced exclusively on NBC’s America’s Got Talent on Sept. 19 that they will retire after their next tour. The news was delivered with a performance of “Detroit Rock City.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who have sold more than 100 million albums, have toured worldwide, performing in countless venues.  They will now play their final shows as part of the multi-year End of the Road World Tour. Dates have yet to be announced.

In a statement, the band said, “All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.”

The group—which featured bassist Gene Simmons, guitarists Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss in its classic lineup—emerged from an early 1970s New York City rock outfit called Wicked Lester in which Simmons and Stanley played. That band recorded an unreleased album for Epic Records. The two musicians then decided to retool their sound in a harder direction, come up with an image that took the make-up and stage outfits of the New York Dolls even further, and develop a theatrical stage show that went beyond the outrageous performances of Alice Cooper.

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Criss was found via a musicians’ classified ad in a New York metro area music publication. Frehley was hired after a successful audition. The name KISS came after Criss mentioned that he had formerly played in a band called Lips. Television executive Bill Aucoin first saw the nascent act perform in 1973, and that October he offered to become their manager. The band said they’d sign with him if he got them a record deal within two weeks. On November 1, KISS became the first act signed to Casablanca Records, the label started by former Buddha Records executive Neil Bogart.

Watch an early live performance clip from KISS

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  1. Ratbone
    #1 Ratbone 21 September, 2018, 15:27

    I just can’t believe a no talent band could make a career out of make up and no talent!

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    • Willymccbae
      Willymccbae 24 September, 2018, 13:56

      No talent, huh? Sold 100 million albums more than you have. Must have done something right.

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