KISS Kicks Off Japanese Tour In Sendai (Video)

KISS Kicks Off Japanese Tour In Sendai (Video)

Official video footage of KISS's December 8 concert at Xebio Arena in Sendai, Japan can be seen below. The show was KISS's first as a four-piece since the band was forced to cancel its tour of Australia and New Zealand after frontman Paul Stanley was diagnosed with a bad case of the flu.

KISS's special November 18 show off the southern coast of Australia for a select group of fans and the region's great white shark population went ahead without Stanley, with Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer donning their stage outfits and hopping aboard a boat.

Last month, KISS announced the last legs of its final tour, "End Of The Road". The initial tour announcement was met with huge fan demand for added shows, but "End Of Road" will officially come to a close on July 21, 2021 at a New York location yet to be named. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will continue to wow audiences in 2020.

KISS's current lineup consists of original members Stanley and Simmons, alongside later band additions, guitarist Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Singer (on and off since 1991).

Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.

This past summer, Stanley told The Sydney Morning Herald that "End Of The Road" was KISS's "victory lap. It's us celebrating everything we created with our audience and with our fans," he explained. "It's that time for people who've been with us over the years to come and celebrate all that we've had together. There's people who've never seen us before and they're leaving the show and thinking, 'Why didn't I come to this earlier?' It's terrific.”

Asked why he thinks KISS has endured this long, while other bands have fallen by the wayside, Stanley said: "People who experience KISS really are affected by it in a way that goes beyond it being a rock band. It's fascinating and amazing to be at these shows nightly and see parents and grandparents who want their offspring to experience what they experienced. It's far beyond typical rock bands, where you hate the idea of your little brother being there, or your neighbor. KISS is an amazing tribe and it's incredibly gratifying."


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