KISS have revealed details of their final ever show in Australia, set to take place in October as a one-off show in Eora/Sydney.
The show – formally dubbed ‘The Final Curtain’ – will be held on Saturday 7 October at the Accor Stadium, with support from Weezer. Tickets will be put on sale here at 12 o’clock this Wednesday (May 31). A pre-sale for KISS Fan Club members will also be made available from 14 today (May 29).
The iconic hard rockers will not be performing any more shows in Australia (although at the time of writing it is unconfirmed whether Weezer will). The exclusive Eora date comes just over a year after their last tour Down Under, where they performed three shows in Naarm/Melbourne, two in Eora and one each in Kaurna/Adelaide, Boorloo/Perth, Meanjin/Brisbane and Kombumerri/Gold Coast .
In a press release, KISS bassist Paul Stanley said of the upcoming show: “You’ve made your voices loud enough that it was impossible for us not to hear you! We’re overwhelmed by your petitions and calls for one last KYS, so we now announce that The End Of The Road will make a final detour to Sydney for one last bombastic farewell.
“As unexpected as this is for us, we want to make it unforgettable for everyone who shares the night with us.”
In a separate statement, Geoff Jones – CEO of TEG Group, which is hosting the concert – said his team are “incredibly excited to bring this iconic and legendary band back to Australia for one last time”.
He added: “As the only country to receive an extra last show ever, it speaks to the strength of the band’s passionate Australian fanbase and TEG’s commitment to delivering the shows that fans demand. This last exclusive stadium show at the Accor Stadium will sure to be a monumental farewell for KISS fans from across Australia.”
KISS has been open about their plans to break up for nearly five years now. Gene Simmons said in 2018 that their prolific touring endeavors would come to an end out of “self-respect” and “love” for their fans. The band announced their final UK tour earlier this year, but recently canceled the first date due to “travel, equipment and logistical complications”.
Stanley in particular has been making headlines lately, with several controversies emerging from comments he’s made. Back in March – the same month a KISS biopic was announced – he said a reunion of KISS’ original line-up would be more like “PISS”. Former guitarist Ace Frehley threatened to release “filth” on KISS if Stanley did not apologize; he later said that Stanley called him, but only to say “fuck you”.
Earlier this month, Stanley again stirred controversy when he made transphobic comments about children undergoing sex reassignment surgery, labeling the scenario (which is fictional – gender-affirming procedures cannot be legally obtained by minors in most countries) “a sad and dangerous fad”. He later made an attempt to clarify his comments, saying that he “supports[s] those who struggle with their sexual identity”.