Kiss Earns $50 Million (So Far) on The End of the Road World Tour

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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS performs on May 3, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

After 43 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada, Kiss wrapped the first leg of the End of the Road World Tour on April 13 in Birmingham, Ala. The final seven reports of the farewell run impact the Hot Tours recap dated May 18, 2019, with combined grosses of $10 million, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

In total, the band’s North American leg grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets. They have been remarkably consistent since launching on Jan. 31 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. All but five dates have grossed at least $1 million and all but seven sold at least 10,000 tickets. The tour’s biggest showing was at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 27, where they grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets. The same venue still holds the record for the band’s highest-grossing engagement ever, when they earned $3.3 million over four shows from July 25-28, 1996 during the Alive/Worldwide Tour (this was the band’s first tour since 1979’s Dynasty Tour with original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley).

Of course, this isn’t the first time Kiss has said goodbye. Almost 20 years ago, the Kiss Farewell Tour ran from March 11, 2000, through April 13, 2001. That trek had reported grosses of $55.6 million, already outperformed by their 2019 tour despite being another two decades removed from their last Billboard Hot 100 entry (“Rise to It,” No. 81, June 30, 1990).

Their 2019 grosses lift Kiss’ career total past the $300 million mark. Their entire headline touring ($297.4 million) plus co-headline runs with Aerosmith, Motley Crue and Def Leppard total to $333.2 million and 6.3 million tickets sold.

While Kiss has toured less frequently as time has gone on, their earnings have continued to grow. Throughout the 1990s, the glam superstars grossed $77.4 million and sold 2.05 million tickets across 255 shows. From 2000-2009, they sold 2.02 million tickets from 198 shows, but saw a 30% increase in their grosses, pulling in $100.7 million. And in the 2010s, they grew another 9% to $109.3 million, while playing 135 shows and selling 1.15 million tickets.

Kiss will continue along the End of the Road World Tour throughout 2019, with 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, featuring Jay Chou, Drake, Ariana Grande and Take That.

 HOT TOURS - MAY 18, 2019
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported May 7 - 13
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Take That
 April 18 - May 9
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (2/3)
 Manchester Arena, Manchester, England (0/5)
 O2 Arena, London (0/7)
 206,934 (220,360)
 April 1 - 11
 O2 Arena, London (0/7)
 98,148 (121,854)
3Post Malone
 April 28 - May 9
 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/1)
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (3/3)
 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (3/3)
 118,586 (118,586)
 April 2 - 13
 Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec (1/1)
 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
 PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla. (1/1)
 Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. (1/1)
 Legacy Arena at the BBJC, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
 88,814 (88,814)
5Ariana Grande
 April 3 - May 7
 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto (1/1)
 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
 Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia (1/1)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
 84,587 (84,587)
 April 18 - 26
 PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto (1/1)
 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
 KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/1)
 71,820 (71,820)
 April 5 - 19
 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia (2/2)
 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
 61,247 (61,247)
8Jay Chou
 April 26 - May 2
 O2 Arena, London (0/2)
 AccorHotels Arena, Paris (0/1)
 29,826 (38,364)
9Andre Rieu
 May 2 - 11
 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (1/1)
 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic (1/1)
 Stadthalle, Wein, Austria (0/2)
 Lanxess Arena, Koln, Germany (0/1)
 Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany (0/1)
 55,630 (57,958)
10Fleetwood Mac
 Feb. 27 - March 13
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 27,679 (27,679)


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