‘End of the Road’ for KISS includes gig on March 17 at The Q

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like … KISS?

Well, who cares? On March 17, move over, Detroit — for it will be “Cleveland Rock City” that night.

KISS, a band that was rocking stages in wild makeup and with outrageous antics while some of us were in diapers, has announced its “End of the Road” world tour, which brings them to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on the aforementioned night typically reserved for drinking to bands such as The Pogues and Flogging Molly. (You’ll just have to adjust this time, folks.)

As the name suggests, it is slated to be the band’s final tour. (As always with these type of proclamations, we’ll see. Money speaks louder than desires to retire sometimes.)

A tiny bit about this big-sounding group from a news release about the tour from concert promoter Live Nation:

Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.

And here’s a quote attributed simply to the band:

“All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. 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.”

You would expect this KISS-off to include the band’s biggest hits such as “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Love Gun” and “Detroit Rock City.” I was always partial to the thoughtful ballad “Beth,” which probably serves as a pretty good indication that I never really got KISS.

Plenty of you have, though, so you’ll want to consider snatching up tickets when they go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at LiveNation.com. Find presale info at the band’s official website, linked above.


Stream of the week: Between prepping for and seeing the new movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I have become — I think understandably — obsessed with the band’s music in a way I never have been before. (You can see how much I enjoyed the movie by checking out my review.) And I highly recommend “Bohemian Rhapsody (The Official Soundtrack),” which boasts remastered versions of the classic cuts — “Killer Queen,” “Under Pressure” and, of course “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound as amazing as they ever have — and some killer (Queen) live performances.


Mark Meszoros never really saw the appeal of KISS or Queen while growing up and caring deeply about rock music. Now, he doesn’t really see the appeal of one of them. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo: Associated Press.

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