KISS Announces “Freedom To Rock” 2016 Summer Tour

For me, it’s always a great way to end the week when you get word about a kickass upcoming tour and to me personally its all the more special when the band turns out to be KISS. Yes those masked men of Hard Rock have unveiled the information about the summer “Freedom To Rock” Tour and I’ve copied the full press release for you below along with the poster and provided dates. Don’t worry, I’ll be back at the close as always. Check it out.

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The Press Release:
America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th). A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Presale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2, Frank Productions and CMoore Live.

The Tour Dates:
July 7 – Boise, Idaho – Taco Bell Arena
July 9 – Eugene, Oregon – Matthew Knight Arena
July 10 – Kennewick, Washington – Toyota Center
July 15 – Spokane, Washington – Spokane Arena
July 16 – Bozeman, Montana -Breeden Fieldhouse
July 18 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – World Arena
July 20 – Independence, Missouri – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
July 22 – Lincoln, Nebraska – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 23 – Springfield, Missouri – JQH Arena
July 25 – Wichita, Kansas – Intrust Bank Arena
July 27 – Sioux City, Iowa – Tyson Events Center
July 29 – Cheyenne, Wyoming – Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 30 – Minot, North Dakota – North Dakota State Fair
August 1 – Mankato, Minnesota – Verizon Wireless Center
August 3 – Duluth, Minnesota – Amsoil Arena
August 5 – Moline, Illinois – iWireless Arena
August 6 – La Crosse, Wisconsin – La Crosse Center
August 8 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – BMO Harris Bradley Center
August 10 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Resch Center
August 12 – Fort Wayne, Indiana – Allen County Memorial Coliseum
August 13 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Van Andel Arena
August 15 – Saginaw, Michigan – Dow Event Center
August 17 – Springfield, Illinois – Illinois State Fair
August 20 – Rockford, Illinois – BMO Harris Bank Center
August 22 – Dayton, Ohio – Nutter Center
August 24 – Toledo, Ohio – Huntington Center
August 26 – Youngstown, Ohio – Covelli Centre
August 27 – Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Insurance Arena
August 29 – Rochester, New York – Blue Cross Arena
August 30 – State College, Pennsylvania – Bryce Jordan Center
September 1 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Great Allentown Fair
September 3 – Worcester, Massachusetts – DCU Center
September 4 – Portland, Maine – Cross Insurance Arena
September 7 – Bridgeport, Connecticut – Webster Bank Arena
September 9 – Richmond, Virginia – Richmond Coliseum
September 10 – Huntington, West Virginia – Big Sandy Arena
October 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
February 24 – Thackerville, OK – Global Event Center at WinStar

PiercingMetal Thoughts:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once again, I am still a member of the KISS Army even though my original ID Card has long expired. Their shows bring too much pleasure to my musical world and while I would have loved for the original lineup to keep touring a little bit longer when they reunited, I am totally fine with the way its rolling now. That said I am going to cross my fingers about some additional markets being announced because as you can see there isn’t anything locked in for the NYC/NJ Metropolitan area and that would suck if they bypass us. I am rather happy about this being a proper headlining show and not a shared co-headlining thing since that means more KISS music and let’s cross our fingers that the bands gets a little more experimental with their set list. For the past few years on these co-headlining runs they have stuck mostly to the standards and while I love those tunes for sure, I would love for the guys to pull out at least three or four deep tracks that folks wouldn’t expect. Maybe another number from “Dynasty” or even “Unmasked” would be a fun choice. They do have so much to choose from. I’m also rather hip to the idea of the Dead Daisies opening up for the band since many friends have seen them and spoken highly about it. Sadly I have not seen them yet which does stink since I like being on top of newer things. KISS can usually be counted on to bring you some promising up and comers which we saw them doing over the last couple of years with Kobra and The Lotus and The Treatment. Caleb Johnson has some pipes as well so lets see how he handles a KISS tour. So what do you readers think about this tour announcement? Will you be hitting the show? Let me know in the comments section below.

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