Yikes - KISS have just pulled the plug on their Australian tour due to illness.
The news comes just days after the band were forced to cancel their opening Perth show due to Paul Stanley being struck down with influenza. Check out a press statement from KISS and the concert's promoter's One World Entertainment and TEG Live below.
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.
Paul Stanley said: “Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country. 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.”
With all concerts heavily sold and side view tickets released to cater for demand, to say the ‘End Of The Road’ shows were eagerly-awaited is a massive understatement. KISS was also scheduled to perform at the after-race concert at the Supercars Newcastle event on November 23.
Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said: “We are devastated with the cancellation of the Australian tour. We’ve been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery.”
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Revisit our June cover story with Kiss here.