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Kiss is coming back to Fresno. But will it really be ‘the end of the road?’

Paul Stanley, center, is framed by monitors projecting KISS bass player Gene Simmons during the KISS concert at the Save Mart Center on Dec. 20, 2003 in Fresno.
Paul Stanley, center, is framed by monitors projecting KISS bass player Gene Simmons during the KISS concert at the Save Mart Center on Dec. 20, 2003 in Fresno. Fresno Bee file

Kiss started teasing a new tour back in September, when they showed up on “America’s Got Talent” and played “Detroit Rock City,” which seems pretty normal for a band that doesn’t miss any opportunities for good marketing. 

The tour, dubbed the End of the Road, is slated to be the last for Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and company, though the band also did a farewell tour in 2000 – and have done more than a dozen tours since. 

“This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t,” the band wrote on its website.

Now, we have dates for the tour., which includes a stop Feb. 8 at the Save Mart Center. Ticket prices start at $29.50 but are subject to change, according to an announcement Monday morning from the Save Mart Center, and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Presale tickets are available to E-Club members signed up through www.savemartcenter.com.

There have been rumors that the tour may feature special appearances from Kiss alumni (like founding guitarist Ace Frehley). In an interview with Rolling Stone last month, Stanley wouldn’t confirm the rumors.  

“This will be a celebration of Kiss and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out but it’s not the crux of what we’re doing,” he said. 

Central California fans have had no shortage of chances to see Kiss over the years. The band played Fresno three time in the 2000s – the Farewell tour in 2000, the World Domination tour in 2003 and the Alive 35 World tour in 2009. 

The band stopped in Fresno in 1979 on its Dynasty tour. There’s a bootleg recording, which includes a markedly non-disco version of “I was Made for Loving You.”

 

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee
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