The Kiss farewell tour is stopping in Des Moines next year
After 45 years rock and rolling all night (and partying every day), KISS say they're pulling the plug while they're still "on top," with a farewell world tour. (Oct. 31)
You wanted the best, Des Moines.
“Detroit Rock City” rock ‘n’ roll group Kiss plans to play Iowa’s capital city a final time in 2019, part of the band’s hotly anticipated “End of the Road” tour.
The show stops Sept. 3, 2019, at Wells Fargo Arena, a Tuesday night. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 3 via Hy-VeeTix.com, the Wells Fargo Arena box office (233 Center St.) or by phone, at 844-55-HYVEE.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame outfit — known globally for a stage show featuring leather tights, platform shoes and faces caked in white and black makeup — announced last month plans to kick off the “End of the Road” tour Jan. 31, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The band added 25 shows Monday to the upcoming tour, with Des Moines being the only confirmed Iowa date.
The band said in a statement: “This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… unapologetic and unstoppable.”
Kiss is no stranger to Iowa’s biggest stages. The “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Shout It Out Loud” group last played Des Moines in 2016, a show at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand drawing 8,648 people. Kiss most recently stopped at Wells Fargo Arena in 2014, part of a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard.
It’s unclear if any former Kiss members (specifically guitarist Ace Frehley, who left the band in 2002) plans to join co-founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on the tour.
Stanley told Rolling Stone earlier this year that “I really can’t say. … This will be a celebration of Kiss and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out but it’s not the crux of what we’re doing.”
And it's the group's second attempt at retirement. Kiss launched its first farewell tour in 2001, only to return to the road in 2003.
Kiss joins a 2019 Wells Fargo Arena lineup that includes Blake Shelton (March 14), Kenny Chesney (May 16) Ozzy Osbourne (June 30) and Thomas Rhett (Sept. 6). Find more information at iowaeventscenter.com.