Kiss Calling Off Aussie Farewell Tour Due to Paul Stanley's Illness

Stanley and his bandmates Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley are forced to cancel their scheduled concerts Down Under after their founding member fell ill.

AceShowbiz - Fans of rockers Kiss were left devastated after the group cancelled its Australian farewell tour after founding member Paul Stanley fell ill.

The "I Was Made for Lovin' You" band was due to perform in Perth on Saturday, November 16 as part of the "End of the Road World Tour", but had been forced to push this date back to December 3 due to Paul's ill health.

However, after consulting with doctors in his native U.S., the decision was made to axe the jaunt Down Under altogether to allow the star time to recuperate.

A statement on the Ticketek Australia website read, "TEG Live and One World Entertainment, the promoters of KISS, regret to advise the November/December tour has been cancelled."

"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," the announcement continued. "Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer."

Kiss is now offering full refunds to anyone who purchased tickets to one of their six Australian concerts, as no alternative dates have been announced.

In his own statement, Paul lamented, "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End of the Road tour of your incredible country."

"We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute," he added. "Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender."

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