April 24, 2024

KISS closed out their “End of the Road” farewell tour with the second of two shows (December 2nd) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

“It seems sad, but tonight’s a night for joy,” guitarist Paul Stanley told the audience. “Tonight’s a night to celebrate what we did together.”

On the first night (December 1st), KISS opened the 20-song set with “Detroit Rock City.” “Rock And Roll All Nite” concluded the encore. The show also included drum, guitar and bass solos.

Prior to both concerts, fans from around the world queued wearing KISS gear and face paint.

KISS was founded in NYC in ’73 by Stanley – pictured (vocals, rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, vocals).  Criss initially left in ’80 while Frehley departed in ’82. Both returned for stints in the ’90s and beyond.

The current KISS line-up has Stanley, Simmons – pictured, Tommy Thayer (lead guitar) and Eric Singer (drums).

Eric Carr played drums and sang from ’80 to ’91. In addition to Frehley, KISS guitarists included – Vinnie Vincent (’82-’84), Mark St. John (’84) and Bruce Kulick (’84 – ’96).

Over the course of their career KISS released two dozen albums – beginning with “KISS” in ’74 and concluding with “Monster” in ’12 – and embarked on over three dozen tours.

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