KISS have announced an opening act for their latest UK tour, which is due to take place this summer.
The legendary rockers are on a farewell tour called “End Of The Road” since 2018. Then they announced that they would go on one last tour before hanging up their iconic costumes.
Bassist and co-vocalist Gene Simmons said in 2018 that they were leaving out of “self-respect” and out of “love” for their fans, although he recently hinted at a significant extension of the farewell tour, promising that KISS would take over their shows in 100 more cities before retiring.
In June and July 2023, the last KISS concerts in the UK will take place, which will begin in Plymouth with a stadium show at Home Park, followed by many other concerts in arenas across the country.
About KISS’s farewell concerts, they said: “Everything we have built and everything we have won over the past four decades would never have taken place without the millions of people around the world who have filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over the years.
“This will be the last holiday for those who have seen us, and the last chance for those who have not seen us yet. KISS Army, we are saying goodbye to our last tour with our biggest show, and we will leave just as we came… Shamelessly and uncontrollably.”
Now the band has announced that Welsh reggae metallers Skindred will be joining them on their latest UK tour to open up. London rockers The Wild Things will open the tour for them.
Benji Webb, the pioneering frontman of Skindred, said of the support slot: “BOOM! The possibilities aren’t much bigger than sharing the stage with the greatest rock and roll legends like KISS.
“All in all, Skindred are very excited and excited to be on this bill, adding to the party spirit, what a buzz! Let’s rock and roll all night and have fun every day. Come on!”
For a full list of dates for the KISS 2023 UK tour, see below. All remaining tickets are sold here.
KISS’ 2023 UK tour:
03 – Plymouth, Home Park
05 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
06 – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
05 – London, The O2
07 – Manchester, AO Arena
08 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
In an interview last year, Simmons said he expects KISS to continue “in ways I never even thought of” after the current line-up stops touring.
Speaking on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Simmons added that he expects KISS to have a long future ahead of it. He also discussed where their last performance might take place.
“We don’t know if it will be in New York. I have good reasons why it should be, but the important thing is that when it’s the last show, it will be the last,” Simmons said.
“KISS, the touring band, will stop. But a touring band. KISS will continue in other ways. I have no problem with four decent 20-year-old girls putting on makeup again and hiding their identity.”
In addition to concerts in the UK, the band also plans to move their Las Vegas residency, which was canceled at the end of last year.