The Road's Not Ending Anytime Soon for KISS's 'End of the Road' Tour

Feeling cheated by cash-in "reunion" tours? With their latest run of "farewell shows," KISS says, "Hold my beer (that'll be $18.50, please)." The band is playing Dayton and Lexington in 2020

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Jen Rosenstein

Some fans have been expressing disappointment in various band "reunions" of late — sometimes because it feels too soon to make a comeback (like My Chemical Romance); other times because it's not really a band reunion (see: those Black Crowes dudes).

Music lovers seem to be disappointed because it can sometimes feel like a long con — a marketing ploy to sell more tickets than they would have been able to if they hadn't "broken up."

To that, KISS — and various other veteran acts — say, "Hold my beer (that'll be $18.50, please)."

The longtime rockers announced their farewell "End of the Road" tour in 2018, but it's starting to look like it's a never-ending road. The band — which played what was alleged to be their final "Cincinnatti" concert this past summer — has just announced a new round of "End of the Road" tour dates, including what they say is the actual end of the road. 

The band will be touring the U.S. again beginning in February 2020, with dates running through September. Local fans who missed this summer's concert at Riverbend in Cincinnati will have plenty of other opportunities to see KISS next year, including several shows within a relatively short drive.

In February, KISS will be playing in Lexington, Kentucky (an hour and 20 minutes from Cincy) and Fort Wayne, Indiana (a bit more of a hike at three hours), then circle around in September for a show in Dayton, Ohio (less than an hour away).

The current run of tour dates has a big gap between March and August, so would you be shocked if KISS filled in more dates then? The band has also announced what they say will be its absolute final show — on July 17, 2021, in New York City. Hmmm — no other dates in 2021? Don't you believe it.

And, of course, don't be surprised when the inevitable 2022 reunion tour is announced.

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