KISS have canceled their upcoming Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater, just two weeks after the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ long-time guitar tech died from COVID-19.
The band was scheduled to play 12 shows at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood starting in the week of New Year’s Eve and extending into February 2022.
Live Nation, which was producing the shows, has confirmed that the residency has been canceled. A statement published from the Zappos Theater Twitter account reads, “Unfortunately, KISS cancelled their residency.”
Fran Stueber, the band’s guitar tech of 20 years, died on October 17 after contracting the coronavirus. He was 52.
KISS members, including co-founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as well as their crew tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks and months.
The iconic band’s previous residency in Las Vegas was in November 2014 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. The nine-show run was captured for the Kiss Rocks Vegas DVD and Blu-ray set, which was released in August 2016.
The band are currently on their farewell End of the Road Tour, which kicked off in January 2019, but was forced to put it on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The final Kiss show was originally set to take place on July 17, 2021, but is now expected to happen in late 2022 at the band’s birthplace.
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