Kiss Cancel 'End of the Road' Tour of Australia and New Zealand Due to Illness

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KISS perform on stage during End Of The Road World Tour at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2019 in New York City. 

Kissfinal tour of Australia has ended before it began. 

The Hall of Famers were due to make one final lap of Australia and New Zealand, starting at Perth Arena this Saturday (Nov. 16). Those plans changed when, earlier this week, Paul Stanley fell ill with influenza and was advised to rest, according to a statement. 

As previously reported, the Western Australia date was postponed and bolted onto the end of the tour, with the Adelaide Entertainment Centre show next Tuesday elevated to tour-opener. As a result of the reshuffling, the scheduled Dec. 3 concert at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand was scrapped altogether. 

Now, all shows Down Under are off.   

“It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned,” reads a statement issued Thursday by promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live.

“However unfortunately this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer.”

Stanley adds, “Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep.

“We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor’s orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, Kiss.”

The Australian leg of the End Of The Road tour was booked for eight shows, with all dates “heavily sold and side view tickets released to cater for demand,” the promoters note.

“We are devastated with the cancelation of the Australian tour,” reads the statement from promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live. “We’ve been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery.”

This isn't the first time poor health has affected the global trek. Earlier in the year, singer and bass player Gene Simmons had surgery to remove kidney stones that resulted in the postponement a show in Salt Lake City.


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