Kiss has finally announced the initial North American dates of their hand on the their hearts, absolute, final farewell world tour — dubbed “End Of The Road.” The 44-date North American arena leg kicks off on January 31st at Vancouver's Rogers Arena and runs through April 13th when the band plays Birmingham, Alabama's BJCC. Additional dates and territories will soon be announced. The current lineup of Kiss features co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons along with drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer.

The band issued a joint statement describing the globe trotting trek, which will signal the band's long goodbye after 45 years together, saying, “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.”

So far there has been no official word on whether co-founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — along with later members Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick — will appear at select shows with the band.

Paul Stanley told us he's amazed at how quickly the time has flown since the band started: “It really has gone by in the blink of an eye. It's staggering to have all the excitement, and the challenges, the victories, the soap operas — everything. And yet it seems, y'know, like the blink of an eye.” :

January 31 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rogers Arena February 1 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden Moda Center February 2 – Tacoma, WA -Tacoma Dome February 4 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena February 7 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena February 8 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center February 9 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center February 12 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center February 13 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena February 15 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena February 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum February 19 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center February 20 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center February 22 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center February 23 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum February 26 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake February 27 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center March 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum March 2 – Chicago, IL – United Center March 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center March 6 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center March 7 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center March 9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena March 10 – Moline, IL – Mark of the Quad CiWes March 12 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center March 13 – Detroit, MI – Lible Caesars Arena March 16 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena March 17 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena March 19 – Montreal, QC – Canada Bell Centre March 20 – Toronto, ON – Canada Air Canada Centre March 22 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 23 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena March 26 – Boston, MA TD – Garden March 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden March 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center March 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena April 2 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre April 3 – Obawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre April 6 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena April 7 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena April 9 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena April 11 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena April 12 – Jacksonville, FL- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena April 13 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC

IN OTHER KISS-RELATED NEWS

Paul Stanley took to Twitter to condemn the murder of 11 people in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue, by posting about his family lineage and a call for peace. Stanley, a Jew, who was born Stanley Eisen, spoke about how his mother fled the Nazi's in Berlin and spoke about his father's experience as a first generation Jewish American.

Stanley wrote in part: “Shockingly, I have met holocaust deniers over the years who either find the magnitude of persecution of Jews over centuries incomprehensible or would rather because of some twisted agenda choose to minimize or rationalize it. . . We are now in a frightening and dangerous time for society. But there is always hope in realization. We have power. We created this. We must end it. All of us.”

Source: Pulse of Radio