KISS to Bring Farewell Tour to Springfield

The Demon will be spitting fire and blood one last time in Springfield.

Gene Simmons (whose stage makeup is The Demon), Paul Stanley and the rest of the legendary rock band KISS will be bringing their End of the Road world tour to Springfield on Tuesday, February 18.

The tour is KISS’s final world tour.

KISS, known for their elaborate stage shows involving pyrotechnics, blood-spitting, fire breathing, and levitating drum kits, was formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. The four used makeup and costumes to create stage personas: The Demon (Simmons), Starchild (Stanley), Spaceman (Frehley), and Catman (Criss).

Photo credit Jen Rosenstein

The band “unmasked” on MTV September 18, 1983, with the release of their album Lick It Up. The band returned to using the stage makeup with a reunion of the original band members in 1995 with a surprise performance at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.

The band is one of the best selling of all time, having told 75 million albums worldwide. The band has earned over 30 gold albums, making them the #1 gold-album winning band of all time.

KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

“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,” KISS said in a statement.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, November 22, at the JQH Arena box office or through Missouri State Tix.

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