KISS has announced its final tour beginning in October and said that it will close out the series of dates with two farewell squares at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on December 1 and 2, only a few blocks from where the group was first formed back in 1973.
“New York City has been a part of our ethos and storyline for more than four decades, so we felt it fitting to culminate our career on stage at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN,” the band shares in a statement accompanying the announcement. “KISS was born in New York City. On 23rd Street. Half a century ago. It will be a privilege and honor to finish touring at Madison Square Garden, 10 blocks and 50 years from where we first started!”
According to reports, aptly titled “The End Of The Road Tour,” KISS’ exodus from touring has been a minute in the making. The band’s current line-up includes founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Eric Singer on drums, and Tommy Thayer on guitar. Founding guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss stopped performing with Kiss in 2002 and 2003, respectively.