KISS Announces 36 Cities Free To Rock

Legendary rock act KISS is embarking on a North American tour this summer, ready to dazzle with its acclaimed live theatrics and crowd-pleasing tunes in over 36 cities.

The band said it wants to bring this tour to cities that haven’t had the chance to see its shows in quite a while, some never at all. The KISS website states that 25 cities announced have not seen the band in over 10 years and 4 haven’t yet experienced “the hottest band on the planet”.

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DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich.

The tour will feature different opening acts, with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson opening for the July 7 – Aug. 10 shows and The Dead Daisies setting the table for the Aug. 10 – Sept. 10 performances. A large number of shows are in the Northeast and Midwest, but the band has set more shows will likely be announced soon.

KISS rose to prominence in the 1970’s and became known as one of the most entertaining and creative live acts in the world, using unique costumes, set designs, face paint and theatrics such as fire-breathing and smoke-emitting guitars.

The band reunited formally in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, but afterwards founding guitarist Ace Frehley departed to pursue a solo project.

The touring lineup will feature founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with Eric Singer on drums and Tommy Thayer on lead guitar.

Here is the full list of shows for those ready for a KISS-style rock ‘n’ roll party. The band will also be playing the  out of Miami in November:

July 07 — Boise, Idaho, Taco Bell Arena
July 09 — Eugene, Ore., Matthew Knight Arena
July 10 — Kennewick, Wash., Toyota Center – Tri Cities
July 15 — Spokane, Wash., Spokane Arena
July 16 — Bozeman, Mont., Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
July 18 — Colorado Springs, Colo., The Broadmoor World Arena
July 20 — Independence, Mo., Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
July 22 — Lincoln, Neb., Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 23 — Springfield, Mo., JQH Arena
July 25 — Wichita, Kan., Intrust Bank Arena
July 27 — Sioux City, Iowa, Tyson Events Ctr. / Gateway Arena
July 29 — Cheyenne, Wyo., Frontier Park (Cheyenne Frontier Days)
July 30 — Minot, N.D., North Dakota State Fair Center Grandstand (North Dakota State Fair)
Aug. 01 — Mankato, Minn., Verizon Wireless Center
Aug. 03 — Duluth, Minn., AMSOIL Arena
Aug. 05 — Moline, Ill., I Wireless Center
Aug. 06 — La Crosse, Wis., La Crosse Center Arena
Aug. 08 — Milwaukee, Wis., BMO Harris Bradley Center
Aug. 10 — Green Bay, Wis., Resch Center
Aug. 12 — Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County War Mem. Coliseum
Aug. 13 — Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Aug. 15 — Saginaw, Mich., Arena at Dow Event Center
Aug. 17 — Springfield, Ill., Illinois State Fair Grandstand (Illinois State Fair)
Aug. 20 — Rockford, Ill., BMO Harris Bank Center
Aug. 22 — Dayton, Ohio, Wright State University’s Nutter Center
Aug. 24 — Toledo, Ohio, Huntington Center
Aug. 26 — Youngstown, Ohio, Covelli Centre
Aug. 27 — Erie, Pa., Erie Insurance Arena
Aug. 29 — Rochester, N.Y., Blue Cross Arena
Aug. 30 — University Park, Pa., Bryce Jordan Center
Sept. 03 — Worcester, Mass., DCU Center
Sept. 04 — Portland, Maine, Cross Insurance Arena
Sept. 07 — Bridgeport, Conn., Webster Bank Arena
Sept. 09 — Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Sept. 10 — Huntington, W. Va., Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Tickets will go on sale April 15 and a presale for the band’s KISS ARMY fan club starts April 12. More information is available at