Despite the infighting among the founding members of the band as of late, KISS have announced a massive 40th Anniversary tour along with Def Leppard, including a stop at the Target Center in August.
Ahead of their upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, there have been reports that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have openly refused to perform with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Chris at the ceremony, with the original members all delivering pointed barbs at their former bandmates in the press.
But those petty and quite public disagreements haven't kept the makeup-clad rockers from planning one of their most ambitious U.S. tours yet (with longtime fill-ins Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first two albums. And to add to the festivities, KISS is touring with their fellow classic rock connoisseurs (and MN State Fair vets), Def Leppard.
Stanley has spoken out strongly in regards to the Rock Hall's tactics of inducting only the original lineup for the band, while also being critical of their efforts in trying to force them to perform together at the ceremony. As of now, it remains unclear whether or not Kiss will perform at the ceremony in April, with Stanley recently releasing this statement on the band's Facebook page:
"We have spent 40 years dedicated to building KISS without quitting or wavering as the band has moved forward with huge tours and platinum albums through different important lineups for forty years, to this day.
KISS has always been a band unlike any other. That is why we started KISS. That is why we continue KISS. Being unlike other bands also means making choices and decisions unlike other bands.
This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.
To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
We are excited and are looking forward to seeing you all on the KISS 40th Anniversary worldwide tour."
No matter what happens, and who does or doesn't perform at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brien Epstein, and the E Street Band are the other inductees), KISS is set to bring their four decades of hits, instantly recognizable makeup, and fiery stage show to the Target Center in August. And, with Def Leppard along for the wild ride, there will be plenty of classic rock anthems ringing out through downtown Minneapolis that night.
Here is the full list of KISS and Def Leppard's 2014 tour dates:
23 - USANA Amphitheater, West Valley City, Utah
25 - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.
27 - Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash.
29 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash.
2 - Concord Pavilion, Concord, Calif.
3 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif.
5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.
6 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.
8 - The Forum, Los Angeles, Calif.
9 - Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, Ariz.
12 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas
13 - Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas
15 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
16 - Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
18 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga.
19 - PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
20 - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C.
22 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.
23 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.
25 - Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
26 - PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
1 - Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.
2 - Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
3 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
5 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
6 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, N.Y.
8 - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va.
9 - Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
10 - Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
12 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, On.
13 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien, N.Y.
15 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisc.
16 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.
17 - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
20 - Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
22 - Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
23 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.
24 - First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Penn.
26 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo.
29 - BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
31 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, Texas
Tickets for the show go on-sale this Friday at noon through the Target Center box office or the axs website, with price ranges stretching between $49 up to $151.
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