KISS have announced the dates for the 2021 U.S. leg of their “End Of The Road” tour. The band commented:
“Time marched on but we couldn’t. Now the boots are on and we’re hauling an extra year’s worth of pyro, lights and spectacle. WE ARE BACK! We’re pumped and can’t wait to celebrate with our biggest, wildest and hottest show ever!”
08/18 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/19 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
08/21 Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/22 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
08/25 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
08/26 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/28 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/29 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09/01 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/02 Dayton, OH – Wright State University Nutter Center
09/04 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/05 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
09/09 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/10 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/12 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
09/17 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
09/18 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
09/21 Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
09/22 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/23 Sparks, NV – Nugget Event Center
09/25 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/26 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
09/28 Hidalgo, TX – Payne Arena
09/29 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
10/01 Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
10/02 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
10/05 Biloxi, MI – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
10/06 Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Cajundome
10/08 West Palm Beach, FL – iThink Financial Amphitheatre
10/09 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
During an interview with Rock Antenne, KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked if he had any news regarding the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:
“I have none. This really is a celebration of KISS, not any lineup of the band. And while I will say that KISS wouldn’t have existed without Ace and Peter in the beginning, I can also say that KISS wouldn’t exist with Ace and Peter in the band today. So, that being said, look, it’s a celebration of the band, and whatever happens will happen. I have no feelings of wanting to omit them or not have them be a part of it. But I’m not losing sleep over it. And if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”
During a recent interview with Download host Kylie Olsson, Paul Stanley discussed the upcoming KISS biopic “Shout It Out Loud.” As previously reported, that film is expected to be released through Netflix.
Stanley said the following about the movie:
“It is definitely happening. And that’s gonna be really interesting. The script was really good. And we really waited until we felt comfortable.
Look, you get once chance to do it, and I would rather not do it than do it half assed or poorly. Our director [Joachim Rønning] is the real deal. He did ‘Maleficent 2’, and he’s not some hack; he knows how to make movies. It should be great. Casting hasn’t begun yet. But that will be interesting too.”
He continued when asked which actor he wants to play him:
“And I will tell you this: for casting to be accurate in terms of age, we are looking at actors in their early 20s. Honestly, I don’t know a whole lot of actors in their early 20s. When people get asked these kinds of questions, they’ll say, ‘Oh, Brad Pitt,’ or this one or that one. Well, those guys are in their 50s or 60s, so you’re talking about another generation of actors. And I’m the first to say I’m not up on a lot of them. But as the casting process goes on, I’ll certainly be there and watching. It’ll be interesting to see how someone else — be it the casting people or the director — how they view who I am and who they see doing that. I think I’ll learn a lot about their perception of me by who they cast.”
Dynamite have announced a new KISS comic book series called “Phantom Obsession.” The first issue will be released in August 2021. The comic was written by Ian Edginton and it also features contributions from artist Celor, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Troy Peteri.
Here’s a description of the comic [via Blabbermouth]:
“As a young man in 1978, Darius Cho attended a concert of his favorite band, a memory that has stuck with him to this day. Now he is a massively wealthy tech giant, but mysteriously reclusive. Some even believe he may not exist at all, simply serving as a ghostly facade for an endless consortium of corporations. At least until KISS receives an all-expense invitation to play an exclusive concert for him. Playing for an audience of just Cho, his assistant and a crowd of “Westworld”-style androids invented by the mega-billionaire, everything seems a little off… Especially when the band wakes up in luxurious accommodations, but with no way to leave, and their powerful talismans stolen from them!”
The following was also added:
“In addition to a concert scene, of course, and the band’s fight to break free from Cho’s captivity, Edginton is tackling some serious questions in the series. Delving into science fiction territory with an exploration of humanity and identity by way of the androids. Which ties right into the band’s famous identities involving masks and makeup. Also featured will be a romp through a theme park, with reference and influence from major parts of Japanese culture like Godzilla and the horrific manga works of Junji Ito. But ultimately, Edginton confirms, ‘It sounds deep, but it’s mostly about robots, monsters, and blowing shit up!'”
Edginton further commented:
“It was 1977, in the U.K., and I was 14. I actually discovered KISS in issues #12 and 13 of Marvel’s Howard The Duck! I didn’t know who the hell they were, but loved the look. A friend of mine who knew his metal played me the ‘Love Gun’ album and I was hooked, which is why ‘Love Gun’ (song and album) has always been my favorite!”
Several covers will be available including ones created by Celor, Jae Lee, Stuart Sayger, and Tim Seeley.
KISS are streaming a live version of their song “Heaven’s On Fire.” This version of the track is from the band’s new live album, “Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001,” which will be released on June 11. That effort features the band’s March 13, 2001 show at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and it will be available as a 3-LP vinyl set, a 2-CD set, and digitally.
A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming KISS documentary “Biography: KISStory.” The four-hour film will air on A&E across two nights on June 27-28 at 9:00 p.m. The documentary, which was directed by D.J. Viola and produced by Leslie Greif, will find Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons reflecting on their lengthy career and it will also include interviews with Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer, manager Doc McGhee, producer Bob Ezrin, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, and more.
KISS have announced the rescheduled dates for the European leg of their “End Of The Road” tour. The trek will now take place in June/July 2022.
2022 European Tour Dates:
06/01 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
06/03 Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
06/06 Antwerp, Belgium – Sportspalais
06/07 Paris, France – Accor Arena
06/10 Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
06/16 Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
06/18 Stockholm, Sweden – Tele 2 Arena
06/20 Helsinki, Finland – Hartwell Arena
06/22 Gothenburg, Sweden – Scandinavium
06/24 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle
06/26 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
06/28 Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
06/30 Saint-Vulbas, France – Festival Du Printemps De Perouges
07/02 Barcelona, Spain – Rockfest
07/03 Madrid, Spain – Wizink Arena
07/05 Nîmes, France – Festival De Nîmes – Les Arènes De Nîmes
07/07 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
07/09 Zagreb, Croatia – Zagreb Arena
07/11 Verona, Italy – Arena Di Verona
07/13 Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
07/14 Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena
07/16 Bucharest, Romania – Romexpo
07/21 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
During a recent interview with Rob’s School Of Music, KISS manager Doc McGhee was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss joining the band on their “End Of The Road” tour. Interestingly, he responded by saying the following: “Will Ace ever show up? sure, he’ll show up. Peter hopefully will show up.”
McGhee said the following when asked about former members participating in the trek:
“All the things are possible. We never say never about anything. We just know that we wanna give the people the best show in the world to go see. And my philosophy for all my bands [has] always been if you’re the very, very best at what you do, people will come and see you. And if you’re not, they will go see the very, very best. Fucking simple. So what do we do with KISS? We do a show that, whether you like KISS or not, whether you’re a KISS fan or you know one song, you wanna go see this show, because it’s an amazing, entertaining show.
KISS is [homestyle restaurant chain] Cracker Barrel. There are four generations that come to eat at our house every day. And we cherish that. And we’re very good to our fans. We try to be. I think we give ’em the best meet-and-greets of any bands that every has been around. They have access in a world that has no access.
Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] and Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer] are determined to be the best at what they do. We don’t go and write songs and try to be PEARL JAM or try to be RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE or try to be anything else — we do four chords and bad lyrics, and it fucking works fabulous for KISS. And we blow shit up. And the collectability of KISS and the aura around KISS is monstrous; it’s infectious. It excites me every day.
So all those things… Will Ace ever show up? Sure, he’ll show up. Peter hopefully will show up. Everybody’s invited to the party of KISS. We haven’t had that many bandmembers in KISS. Since I’ve been there, there’s been four — two different ones — and that’s it. But KISS is KISS. So, whether you said, ‘Oh, well, I don’t think that there could be another 007 [besides] Sean Connery?’ Well, there is. There’s been five of ’em. People wanna see 007. Mickey Mouse is fucking a hundred years old. I think KISS will be one of those things that will go on forever. I think with the avatar situations that we’re doing now, with the NFT programs that we’re doing, with all the different elements that we have at our disposal today and will have tomorrow and the next day, I don’t see how this brand of KISS goes away ever. If it’s kept with the respect that it should have for the people that they have, I believe that they will be around forever — much longer than me.”
He also added the following about the band’s current plans:
“We have a two-part series coming out called [‘KISStory’] that’s on A&E, that’s coming on June 27th [and] 28th. We have our Dubai show and our documentary coming at the end of July and August. And we have our touring that we’re gonna kick off in August, and Australia, and our cruise. And we’re gonna have a lot of fun for the next 18 months. And then, at the end of this segment of KISS, Gene and Paul will retire as the touring part of KISS. And where that goes from there, we don’t know yet. We don’t plan anything more than six months at a time.”
During a recent appearance on “Inside With Paulo Baron,” KISS’ Paul Stanley was asked about the possibility of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taking part in the band’s “End Of The Road” tour. He responded with the following:
“Anything is possible. I don’t rule anything out. I have to say that we wouldn’t be here today if not for our past. If Peter and Ace hadn’t been there at the beginning, we wouldn’t be here today. But I will also say that if Peter and Ace had stayed with the band, we also wouldn’t be here today. So you have to put it into some sort of balance and perspective. If there is a way to include them in celebrating the final tour, yeah, I’m open to it. It has to make sense and it has to feel right, because the band has existed far, far, far too long without them to let anybody spoil this or make it less than it should be. If there’s no joy in it, I’m not interested.”
KISS will be performing at the Tribeca Festival following a screening of their new documentary “Biography: KISStory.” That event will be held in New York on June 9-20. As previously reported, “Biography: KISStory” will also air on A&E over two nights on June 27-28 at 9:00 p.m. More details on the film can be found HERE.