KISS promises 'biggest and best' for farewell performance in Des Moines
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Iconic veteran rockers KISS will be saying goodbye (to touring) after four-plus decades of bombastic entertainment with its End of the Road World Tour that makes a stop at Wells Fargo Arena on Tuesday night.
KISS’s farewell tour, which has currently lasted two-plus years, has seen the band trek all over the globe.
A typical KISS concert is a spectacular audio and visual experience jam-packed with theatrics, explosions, confetti, lasers and loud rock ‘n’ roll. Even after 40-plus years of worldwide stage destroying, original band members guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, along with current guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, still sound as explosive as ever.
KISS’s history with Des Moines goes back to the '70s. The last time the band played Iowa’s capital city was in 2016 at the Iowa State Fair.
This final tour promises more state-of-the-art lights, bigger explosions and of course, those classic KISS singalong anthems such as “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout it Out Loud” and more.
Formed in 1973 by Simmons, Stanley, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS dominated pop culture in the mid-’70s; producing comic books, pinball machines, KISS dolls and other merchandise, as well as countless TV appearances, thousands of concerts and even a movie in 1978, “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.”
Numerous other bands have embarked on a farewell tour. This is actually KISS’s second farewell go-round, as the original lineup tried it once before in 2000.
Stanley says the band will be taking one last victory lap on this tour.
“The cool thing about this tour is, I think in life many times things come to an end and we find ourselves going, ‘If only I had known, I would have done things differently,’” he said during a recent phone interview. “Whether it's the passing of friends or relatives, or situations we don't usually know in advance. And there's a chance for us to say, 'This is it for us of touring,' and it makes it a really amazing celebratory night. We're pulling out all (the) stops. This is a without a doubt the biggest and best show we've ever done.”
If you go
What: KISS; opener is performance painter David Garibaldi.
When: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines.