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Beginning of the End: KISS launches End of the Road farewell tour tonight

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Credit: Jen Rosenstein

KISS kicks off the first leg of their massive End of the Road farewell tour tonight in Vancouver, Canada.

Singer/guitarist Paul Stanley tells ABC Radio that the trek likely will last about three years, while promising that his group will go out with a big bang.

"KISS isn't about fading away," he declares. "KISS is about a supernova. KISS is about an explosion heard 'round the world, and that's what we'll do."

Stanley also is expecting the shows to be poignant for KISS fans, both old and new.

"We're gonna…really show everybody why we've been around this long and have that emotional connection to the audience," he maintains. "It's more than just music. When people realize that this is the last time, you get to share something very intimate…We have parents who bring their children, and bring their fathers and mothers. So, with three generations there and a lot of time that we've spent doing this, it's a great time to acknowledge what we've done."

KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons, meanwhile, says the band chose now to mount the farewell tour because they want to go out at the height of their powers.

"We are the hardest-working band on the planet," Simmons maintains. "Take anybody from another band and stick 'em in our outfits, they'd pass out in a half hour…We're the best on earth, and you want to go out when you're at the top of your game."

The first leg of KISS' End of the Road tour winds down on April 13. A second North American leg runs from August 6 through September 16. The band also will visit Europe from late May to mid-July, and will head Down Under in November and December.

Here are all of KISS' confirmed North American dates:

1/31 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
2/1 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
2/2 — Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/4 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
2/7 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/8 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
2/9 — Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
2/12 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
2/13 — Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/15 — Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
2/16 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/19 — Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/20 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/22 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/23 — Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
2/26 — Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Arena
2/27 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/1 — Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
3/2 — Chicago, IL, United Center
3/4 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
3/6 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
3/7 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
3/9 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/10 — Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
3/12 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/13 — Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
3/16 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/17 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
3/19 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
3/20 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
3/22 — Uniondale, NY, NYCB LIVE – Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3/23 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/26 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/27 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/29 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/30 — Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
4/2 — Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre
4/3 — Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
4/6 — Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/7 — Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
4/9 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/11 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/12 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/13 — Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at the BJCC
8/6 — Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
8/8 — North Charleston, NC, North Charleston Coliseum
8/10 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/11 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/13 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/14 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/16 — Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
8/17 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
8/20 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/21 — Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Stadium
8/23 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/24 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 — Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/29 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/31 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
9/1 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/3 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/5 — Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
9/7 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
9/8 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/9 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
9/11 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/12 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/14 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/16 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena

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