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KISS have cancelled their upcoming meet and greets with fans due to the ongoing threat of coronavirus.

The band’s manager Doc McGhee sent an email to fans who have booked VIP meet and greet packages with KISS on their North American tour explaining they are no longer going ahead.  

"Our Meet and Greets have always offered us and you our fans a unique opportunity to literally stand shoulder to shoulder together," McGhee said. 

"After many discussions with experts in the field, we have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans. Shows will continue as scheduled and we look forward to resuming our time with you backstage."

Despite the meet and greets being axed, KISS are still pressing ahead with the North American leg of their End of the World Tour, which hit the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas last night (9th March) and calls in at Lubbock, Tulsa and Lafayette before concluding in Mississippi on 15th March. 

Doc McGhee's email to fans

KISS will play their last ever UK show when they headline Download Festival on Saturday 12th June 2020. 

“I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best,” Gene Simmons says. “They are up for whatever is thrown at them.  KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say ‘Thank You’ for always showing up for us.” 

Takes place at Donington Park from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020, Download Festival also boasts performances from Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Alter Bridge, Disturbed, The Darkness, Volbeat, Airbourne, The Wildhearts, British Lion, Deftones and many more.

KISS have previously confirmed that their last ever show will take place on 17th July 2021 in New York City. 

Doc McGhee said on the KISS Kruise in November that original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have both been “talked to” about appearing at the swansong show. 

"We want to include everybody that played with KISS to celebrate the 45 years of KISS," McGhee explained.

"And everybody - Vinnie Vincent and everybody else - that (has) played with KISS is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we're still looking at what we're gonna do on the final show of KISS."