According to Billboard, the first North American leg of KISS‘s “End Of The Road” tour grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets.
The trek kicked off on January 31 in Vancouver and played an additional 42 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on April 13 in Birmingham, Alabama
All but five dates have grossed at least $1 million and all but seven sold at least 10,000 tickets. The tour’s biggest showing was at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 27, where KISS grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets.
The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.
The “End Of The Road” tour — the initial European leg of which begins in Leipzig, Germany on May 27 — is expected to continue throughout 2020.
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, bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons and drummer Eric Singer.
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