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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS perform during their End Of The Road World Tour at The Forum on February 16, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

If you haven’t made it out to any of KISS’ farewell shows, don’t sweat it, because the guys apparently have additional dates in the works. According to bass player Gene Simmons, the band plans to add a whopping 100 cities to the roster.

Simmons explained KISS’ lengthy tour plans in a new interview with Chaoszine. When asked about KISS’ plans to close out the current tour and retire, he tiptoed around the issue, implying that it wouldn’t be soon.

“We don’t know,” he said. “We’ve never retired before. This is our first time. It’s like painting a painting or writing a book. When somebody says, ‘When is it gonna be finished?’ You’re in the middle of it; you don’t know.”

Originally, KISS had July 17th, 2021, pegged as the date for their final concert, but all of those plans were shifted due to the pandemic. Now, it appears they’re thinking of doing more shows than they planned before the pandemic.

“The crew is happy. Everybody’s happy,” Simmons said. “So we’ve decided to add another 100 cities before we stop. I don’t know how long that’s gonna take.” When asked if there might be dates even past the additional 100, Simmons said “probably not,” but the term “never say never” comes to mind. “I’ve said ‘probably not’ before,” he said.

KISS are currently on the latest leg of their “End of the Road” tour in Europe. They also have a few U.S. dates up ahead, including appearances at the 2022 Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals, plus a Sept. 21 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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