KISS cancels tour meet and greets, thank coronavirus

By Saige Miller on March 9, 2020
KISS cancels meet and greets
LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 01: (L-R) Musicians Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss arrive at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By: Saige Miller

Coronavirus strikes again! KISS is canceling meet and greets until coronavirus cases calm down.

KISS’s manager Doc McGhee broke the news on a radio show in El Paso, Texas on Monday.

“Our meet and greets have always offered us and you our fans a unique opportunity to literally stand shoulder to shoulder together,” McGhee said to KLAQ-FM.

“After many discussions with experts in the field, we have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans. Shows will continue as scheduled and we look forward to resuming our time with you backstage,” McGhee added.

KISS is scheduled to perform in El Paso, Texas tonight.

McGhee reiterated VIP is essentially caput for the time being. “There will be no VIP activity taking place at the show. This includes Captain’s Lounge and Photo Op. All refunds will be given from point of purchase,” said McGhee.

All VIP upgrades will be refunded until further notice. The band is only in the United States until March, 15th, from there KISS is taking a hike to South America. KISS will return to the U.S. on August 28th. Hopefully, the quick spread of the virus will be contained by the time they’re back in America.

KISS isn’t the only group that’s been hit by COVID-19. One of the biggest music festivals of the year, South by Southwest, is canceled because of the spread of coronavirus. Ozzy Osborne and Trent Reznor pulled out of the festival before it was canceled.

Tours taking place in Asia and Europe are being canceled left and right due to the coronavirus outbreak, including Green Day and Queen shows.

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