It's Official: David Lee Roth Opening for Kiss Farewell Tour

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Today Kiss confirmed that former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth will join Kiss as their special guest on their 2020 End of the World tour.

Diamond Dave will be opening for Kiss at 43 North American shows between February and October next year, according to Rolling Stone.

It's good news and bad news - it certainly seals the coffin closed for anyone who was still somehow praying for a Van Halen reunion, but it does ensure Roth will stay actively busy on the road. 

"David Lee Roth will bring his exciting stage show featuring a twin guitar big rock sound and a set list of classic hits and future energy," read a statement about the addition of Diamond Dave.

The Kiss and Van Halen relationship go back to October 1976, when Kiss bassist Gene Simmons watched an unsigned Van Halen play at a small club in Hollywood and offered the band a record deal. Simmons went on tour with Kiss and returned to find Van Halen had signed with Warner Bros. records, but he later collaborated with the band in the studio during recordings, including "Christine Sixteen." 

Kiss has already announced its final concert will take place on July 17, 2021 in New York city, but the exact venue details have yet to be revealed. Their management shared that every former member of the group will be invited to the final farewell, but only time will tell whether anyone will accept this "last" invite. 


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