KISS CANCEL SECOND PORTION OF THEIR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY DATES
KISS‘s second Las Vegas residency has been canceled. Tickets for the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, which was scheduled to launch at the end of December, have been taken down from the Caesars Entertainment/Ticketmaster link and fans who already purchased tickets through Ticketmaster have been notified that the shows are no longer taking place.
Zappos Theater representatives have told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that ticket providers will contact purchasers with refund information.
The following shows/dates have been effected :
December 2021: 29th, 31st
January 2022: 1st, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th, 29th
February 2022: 2nd, 4th, 5th
I suspected as much. Why travel thousands of miles to Vegas when the band has been performing all over the country with the same set list and same show? It’s more convenient to see them in a local city rather than spend the time, money, and potential risks of traveling during the pandemic.
Would like to know why?
Soft ticket sales , no surprise
With all due respect and without getting into the black hole of politics (I don’t know yours, you don’t know mine), first of all, “The Real Music Observer” is anything but a real music observer or a source of music news. This guy, for whatever reason, has a visceral dislike/hatred for Paul and Gene. Yet for a band he seems to hold with so much contempt, he covers them more than 16 Magazine did in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Secondly, he is such a COVID denier that he won’t even call it – or the vaccine – by name, and instead refers to it as “the thing.” I’ve seen his previous video posts where he all but denies the number of people who have died from COVID. Aside from the fact that he’s exerting his right to free speech (and evading YouTube misinformation rules by referring to it as “the thing”), I find little value in anything this guy has to say. He sits in his basement and puts out these videos and sees that his ticket to getting YouTube hits and notoriety is to pointlessly bash Gene/Paul for even the most inane things (ie., he doesn’t like Paul’s speaking voice). In fact, right now, I’m guilty of giving him the notoriety he so desperately craves.
As for why KISS cancelled, I can only conjecture that the reason is somewhere between (a) wanting the bad PR over the death of a crew member to blow over; (b) lukewarm ticket sales; (c) a less than flattering article by Rolling Stone that brings the band, management, and Live Nation into question over responsibility and culpability; (d) insurance/liability concerns after the death of a crew member.
I really do not aspire to have any political discourse on the site, and thus far have managed to avoid it, at all costs. If one wants to engage, there are plenty of other sites one can visit.
My policy, as editor of the Music News, is to keep this site strictly about music and only music related topics. However, I chose not to censor your comment, because I am a proponent of free speech and I do not approve of cancel culture. That being written, going forward, I would prefer, and be thankful, if posters avoided bringing divisive, unrelated political topics to the forum.
The reporter’s opinion about Covid has nothing to do with his perceived “bias” of KISS. These are two separate issues, and should be treated as such. You could have discussed, what you believe to be his prejudice of the band, without revealing the other issue, which seems to be brought up to further discredit him as a writer and devalue his opinion.
Additionally, I have seen it mentioned elsewhere, that soft tickets sales were a possible reason for the cancellation. Another explanation provided was Stanley’s tech passing away from Covid, after complaining about lax protocols, which the band has emphatically denied.
The reason why the dates were nixed may eventually surface. However, knowing what I know, after being around this business. and knowing people other than Eddie in the occupation, for 20 something years, a great majority of the time, it usually comes down to the almighty dollar. No pun intended, but just my two cents (or sense 🙂 )
Is this a result of Covid cases or no sales because of Covid?
Point taken. My intention wasn’t to introduce politics into the equation, but I get what you’re saying. I apologize, and given how you framed it, I totally would’ve understood if you had taken down my post.
Great, no worries….
Honestly , after watching some other news clips on YouTube, this seems to be about weak ticket sales / lack of interest , I think it really doesn’t have much to do with covid , in my neck of the woods rock bands and country bands are coming to town attendance is up people are going about their business pretty much normally enjoying concerts & entertainment again,, even on a local level the venues are packed on weekends , and our city is finally starting to recover economically , as far as kiss goes , I think word is finally out about the blatant lipsyncing and stale setlist and all that comes with 70 + yr old guys trying to pull off this charade, kiss has just about milked every thing and everyone they could, the cow is almost dry……. but they will somehow still try and squeeze out 1 or 2 more drops….