Fan-filmed video footage of KISS‘s April 11 concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida can be seen below.
The first North American leg of KISS‘s farewell tour, “End Of The Road”, launched January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and is hitting an additional 43 cities.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently said about the “End Of The Road” tour and stage production: “People say is this bittersweet? No. If the tour is anything like this stage, it’s totally sweet. We always try to raise the bar — that’s just for us — but when other bands would see us, they would feel they had to up their game. Let me tell you something: everybody better start working out, because we’re upping the game that much more. This is absolutely mind-bogglingly good. It’s totally KISS. And I’ll be looking for you on the ‘End Of The Road’ tour.”
KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer told Australia’s Hysteria Magazine that the group’s farewell tour would be “the biggest” one the band has ever done “in terms of production.” It will be “a whole new thing for KISS,” the guitarist said. “It’s just gonna be the bombastic show KISS has always been famed for.”
In September, KISS announced its “End Of The Road” farewell tour on NBC‘s “America’s Got Talent”, and a month later, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.
“One thing for sure is that this is the last tour,” Stanley told Billboard. “What goes beyond that is really hard to say. The tour may go three years, but once we play your city, it is done. That is our big thank you.”
The lineup features the current version of the band — Stanley, Thayer, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer.
“This is really a time of joy, and for us to be up there and celebrate what we’ve done together,” Stanley told The Morning Call. “It’s much better than finishing a tour, let’s say, and then a year later deciding you don’t want to go out and two years later you decide you don’t want to go out. In that sense, you’ve called it quits, but this is so much better for us and better for the fans to go out there with the highest of spirits and the greatest of shows.”
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