Kiss has officially announced the second North American leg of their “End of the Road World Tour”, which they say will be their last ever. The band’s current lineup features original members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons as well as Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. After a 45-year career, the band’s initial retirement announcement was made on an episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent after performing their hit “Detroit Rock City” to open the show’s season finale.The second leg of Kiss’s “End of the Road World Tour” will span from August 6th through September 16th, 2019 across all of North America, following previously announced shows in the U.K., Europe, and Russia. The original announcement stated that their final shows will be part of a multi-year “End of the Road” world tour, so stay tuned for even more tour dates. So far, according to a press release, the first leg of the farewell tour has sold over half a million tickets.Pre-sale tickets will open up tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time, with a general on-sale this Monday, December 3rd at 10 am local time. Head to the band’s website for more information.Previously, Kiss expressed in a press statement:All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who’ve filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t. KISS Army, we’re saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we’ll go out the same way we came in… Unapologetic and Unstoppable.Don’t forget, though, that this is actually the second time that Kiss has called it quits. The band had their first “farewell tour” in 2000 and 2001. As Rolling Stone previously pointed out, bassist Gene Simmons said in 2000, “There just aren’t any more mountains to climb. We want to go out in style with the people that put us here, the fans.” While band members returned to the road a mere two years later under the Kiss moniker, that was the final tour that featured all four original members.In 2002, guitarist Paul Stanley said: “People change their minds, and in this case that goes along with being a living, thinking person. What one says one day with total commitment may at another time turn out not to be so. Am I doing this for the money or the fans? Both, and let’s not forget I’m doing this for me.”The four original members, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley, appeared together in 2014 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though they did not perform together.However, Stanley seems to think a real reunion is not out of the question. As Consequence of Sound reminds us, Stanley recently said, “This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”KISS 2019 Tour Dates:01/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena02/01 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center02/02 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome02/04 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena02/07 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena02/08 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Arena02/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center02/12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center02/13 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena02/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena02/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum02/19 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center02/21 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center02/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center02/23 – Memphis, TN @ Fedex Forum02/26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena02/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center03/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum03/02 – Chicago, IL @ United Center03/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center03/06 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center03/07 – Omaha, NE @ Centurylink Center03/09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena03/10 – Moline, IL @ Taxslayer Center03/12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC! Yum Center03/13 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena03/16 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena03/19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre03/20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre03/22 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum03/23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun03/26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden03/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden03/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center03/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena04/02 – Quebec, QC @ Centre Videotron04/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre04/06 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena04/07 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena04/09 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena04/11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena04/12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena04/13 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena05/27 – Leipzig, DE @ Leipziger Messe05/29 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle05/31 – Munich, DE @ Konigsplatz06/02 – Essen, DE @ Georg Meiches Stadium06/04 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne06/05 – Hannover, DE @ Exo-plaza06/07 – Norje, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival06/11 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Ice Arena06/13 – Moscow, RU @ Dinamon Stadium06/16 – Keiv, UA @ NSA Stadum06/18 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena06/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome06/27 – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock06/28 – Trondheim, NO @ Trondheim Rocks07/02 – Milan, IT @ Ippodromo Snai San Siro07/04 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion07/06 – Iffezheim, DE @ Reenbahn07/09 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Arena07/11 – London, UK @ O2 Arena07/12 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena07/14 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Arena07/16 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro08/06 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center08/08 – Charleston, NC @ North Charleston Coliseum08/10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion08/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live08/13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater08/14 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center08/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre08/17 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena08/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center08/21 – Hershey, PA @ HersheyPark Stadium08/23 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater08/24 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center08/27 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview08/29 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center08/31 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center09/01 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre09/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena09/05 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena09/07 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyLink Center09/08 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center09/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center09/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater09/12 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre09/16 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaView All Tour Dates
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is aiding in relief efforts in multiple southwest Georgia communities that were impacted by a deadly weekend of inclement weather.Andrea Scarrow, UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program development coordinator for the Southwest District, said that those displaced or coping with property damage can find disaster recovery tips and resources at www.extension.uga.edu/environment/disasters . The link provides assistance to those who are trying to recover and rebuild after storm damage that resulted from tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and widespread flooding.“UGA Cooperative Extension has many resources to help those who have been stricken by the damaging storms in southwest Georgia. With prolonged outages, consumers are often concerned about the safety of food stored in refrigerators and freezers. Whether the need is flood cleanup or financial considerations, Extension offers valuable, research-based information to support a community recovering from disaster,” Scarrow said. “Southwest District Extension offices are ready to help their clients with questions related to the safety of food, water, home and family.”Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency declaration on Monday, Jan. 23, for 16 south Georgia counties: Atkinson, Baker, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Lowndes, Mitchell, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.Dougherty County, still reeling from a storm on Jan. 2, was dealt another blow this past weekend. A tornado ripped through east Albany, leaving at least four people dead and many more without homes.“I would say that a large majority of residents in Dougherty County have been impacted by both of these storms,” said Dougherty County Extension Coordinator James Morgan. “While the first storm appeared to mainly impact the city, this past weekend impacted the county.”According to a press release issued by the Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency, officials estimate more than $100 million in losses following the Jan. 2 storms and EF1 tornado on Sunday that left 164,500 cubic tons of tree and yard debris. Thousands of businesses and homes are without power.The UGA Dougherty County Extension office is a drop-off location for donations. Morgan said there is a growing need for clothes, baby food, diapers, toiletries, shoes and socks.In response to the needs of Albany residents, UGA Extension Southwest District 4-H members are planning a canned food drive during their Junior/Senior District Project Achievement event at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia, from Feb. 3-5.Another hard-hit area is Cook County, where a tornado struck early Sunday morning, killing seven. It also destroyed homes, turned irrigation pivots on end and dumped grain bins in the middle of fields, according to Cook County Extension Coordinator Tucker Price.“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Price said.According to Worth County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Blake Crabtree, some residents in Worth County are unable to leave their homes because of downed power lines. As of late Monday afternoon, more than 6,000 homes, covered by Mitchell EMC in Worth, Dougherty and Mitchell counties, are without power.In response, the Worth County Extension office is accepting toiletries and water to distribute to shelters that are housing displaced residents.“This is a difficult time for the communities of south Georgia. People have lost loved ones, homes and, for some, their livelihoods. Being part of Extension, it’s our duty to provide assistance and be a resource on which our residents can call,” Crabtree said.Neighboring Extension offices are accepting donations to aid in the relief efforts of those impacted by this weekend’s storms. Baker County Extension is accepting water, nonperishable food items, clothes for all ages, hygiene items, first aid items, blankets, jackets, pillows, baby items, batteries, flashlights and pet items.Those who wish to donate should contact their local UGA Extension agent.