They’ve been dropping hints for months, so maybe the official news shouldn’t be a surprise at all: Kiss indeed confirmed that its upcoming “End of the Road” tour would be a farewell tour.
The announcement by the band said, “This is going to be our last tour. It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come to see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show!”
The band made the announcement during Wednesday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent. While full details haven’t come forth yet, the tour is expected to begin in early 2019. The band did put up a graphic its official site, announcing that details would be forthcoming.
While many fans are probably hoping that at some point this final tour might see a reunion with former members, that possibility hasn’t been confirmed by members Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons. In 1996, the band reunited with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, calling it the Farewell Tour. As it turned out, that was a ‘farewell’ but with the original foursome.
In recent years, the waters under the bridge seemed to have warmed a bit between the four founding members: the original lineup came together in 2014 for Kiss’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Stanley and Simmons appearing on Frehley’s solo records. Simmons also invited Frehley and Criss – as well as two other former members of Kiss, Bruce Kulick and Vinnie Vincent – to join him at various stops on his Vault Experience tour. The band’s current lineup – Stanley (guitar), Simmons (bass), Tommy Thayer (guitar) and Eric Singer (drums) – has been intact since 2004.
As with everything associated with Kiss, it all comes down to marketing and making sure that the brand is the most important thing. To this point, earlier this year Stanley said that there was a possibility that Kiss could continue without either or any of its two remaining founding members. It was not long after that they filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the rights to the phrase “The End of the Road” with regard to “live performances by a musical band.”