KISS have been forced to cancel their entire Australian tour as Paul Stanley continues to battle a bad bout of influenza.
On Monday (11th November), KISS postponed the opening date of the tour in Perth due to Stanley’s illness and rearranged it for Tuesday 3rd December – the same day they were due to play the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
In addition to cancelling the New Zealand show, KISS have now axed the whole Australian tour on doctor’s orders.
Apologising to fans, the band explained that on top of flu Stanley now has a throat infection, which require complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks.
There’s currently no word from KISS or promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live about whether the nine-date Australian and New Zealand leg of The End of the Road Tour will be rescheduled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase.
KISS's Paul Stanley © Getty
KISS’s full statement reads:
AUSTRALIAN TOUR CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live today announced that the KISS Australian tour, due to commence next Tuesday, has been cancelled due to illness.
KISS and both promoters are absolutely gutted by the news and sincerely apologize to fans.
Earlier this week it was announced that U.S doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour’s first show in Perth to the end of the run and the cancellation of New Zealand.
It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned.
However unfortunately this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer.
Paul Stanley said: “Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep.
“We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor’s orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, KISS.”
With all concerts heavily sold and side view tickets released to cater for demand, to say the ‘End Of The Road’ shows were eagerly-awaited is a massive understatement. KISS was also scheduled to perform at the after-race concert at the Supercars Newcastle event on November 23.
Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said: “We are devastated with the cancellation of the Australian tour. We’ve been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery.”
Everyone at Planet Rock wishes Paul Stanley a speedy recovery.
KISS will play their last show ever when they headline Download Festival on Friday 12th June 2020. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
On stage at the KISS Kruise earlier this month, Paul Stanley confirmed KISS’s last ever show will take place on 17th July 2021 in their native New York City.
The band’s manager Doc McGhee also revealed on the Kruise that all of KISS’s living former members have been approached to take part in their swansong show.