Kiss kicks of its final “End Of The Road” world tour tonight (January 31st) at Vancouver's Rogers Arena. The tour will be hitting both indoor arenas and outdoor sheds, with the current lineup of Kiss featuring co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons along with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.
So far, the trek, which is expected to take a full three years to hit every territory, has 69 North American dates on the books, with the current leg wrapping on August 13th in Birmingham, Alabama. The band will be back on the road on August 6th in Sunrise, Florida and wraps the second North American run on September 16th in Oakland, California. There's been no word whether Kiss will be undertaking their international legs during the spring hiatus — or whether they'll be going abroad after the September dates.
Gene Simmons reiterated that no one puts more into their performance than Kiss does: “I wear seven, eight-inch platform boots. Our outfits — mine, I don't know, weighs at least about 40 pounds. I gotta spit fire and fly through the air and do all that kind of stuff; so if you put (Mick) Jagger and Bono — who are both great — in you stick 'em in my outfit, they'd pass out in a half-hour. We are the hardest working band in show business period.”
Paul Stanley says that committing to the job at hand over decades is what separates the men from the boys: “Success initially is fairly easy. Sustaining success over the long haul is something that's very challenging. So, at this point, we're 40 years in and 100 million albums (sold) — so we've done quite well — it'll be terrific.”
As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, Kiss already performed a “Farewell Tour.” The trek, which was the last to feature Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.