KISS them goodbye: rockers cancel Australian tour

Gene Simmons (left) and Paul Stanley. Photo: Getty
Gene Simmons (left) and Paul Stanley. Photo: Getty

AMERICAN rock gods KISS have cancelled their Australian tour just five days before it was due to kick off in Adelaide.

The band had earlier indicated they would move the date of their Perth show, which had been due to begin the tour, to December 3 after Paul Stanley was diagnosed with influenza.

“KISS and both promoters are absolutely gutted by the news and sincerely apologise to fans,” a statement said.

“Earlier this week it was announced that U.S doctors had advised Paul Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour’s first show in Perth to the end of the run and the cancellation of New Zealand.

“It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned.

“However unfortunately this has not occurred.  Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer.”

Stanley said the band was devastated to cancel the shows.

“Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country,” he said.

“Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep.

“We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward.

“Doctor’s orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender. With heavy hearts, KISS.”

All tickets will be refunded.