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KISS Announces Farewell Tour ‘End Of The Road’

"This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't."

Very few musicians survive decades of one-hit wonders, boy bands and more pop stars than you can count, but rock band KISS has officially been making music for 45 years. While the band’s members have changed, the fact that they’ve continued to perform live over the course of nearly 50 years is an incredible feat.

Sadly, for fans of the band known for its painted faces and elaborate outfits, KISS will no longer be rockin’ and rollin’ all night, as they have now announced that their next tour will be their last.

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“This will be the ultimate celebration for those who’ve seen us and a last chance for those who haven’t,” the band wrote on Instagram. “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!”

KISS was formed in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1975 that a live version of “Rock and Roll All Nite” became their first Top 40 single. The band currently includes Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, with Stanley and Simmons being the only original members.

Dates for the appropriately titled “End of the Road” tour have not yet been announced, but you can sign up on the band’s website to receive information once it becomes available.

Will you be buying tickets to see KISS one last time?

Speaking Of Gene Simmons …

If you’re a KISS fan, then you’ll get a kick out of this calf, Genie, who was born last year on a ranch in Kerrville, Texas. While cute, it might not initially sound like news, right? Well, it turns out the calf bears a striking resemblance to the KISS frontman, Gene Simmons.

From the black-and-white pattern on its face to the long tongue hanging out of its mouth, Heather Taccetta — whose grandmother owns the ranch — showed a photo of Genie to a friend and he said, “Oh my gosh, that calf looks exactly like Gene Simmons!”

Taylor shared the photo on the Hill Country Visitor Facebook page, and it has since gone viral, with more than 1,300 shares on its initial post and more on subsequent posts.

Even Simmons had a good laugh with the resemblance, tweeting: “This is real, folks!!! Calf called Genie is born on Texas ranch and looks EXACTLY like Kiss rocker Gene Simmons.”

How funny is that?