“We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward …  finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender.”

One World Entertainment and TEG Live today confirmed the tour has been cancelled due to Stanley’s illness and that KISS and both promoters “are absolutely gutted by the news and sincerely apologise to fans”.

Earlier this week it was announced that doctors had advised Stanley to rest due to a bad case of influenza, prompting the rescheduling of the tour’s first show in Perth. It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned.

Kiss was also scheduled to perform at the after-race concert at the Supercars Newcastle event on November 23.

Paul Stanley, on stage with Kiss, the band he co-founded in 1973.

Paul Stanley, on stage with Kiss, the band he co-founded in 1973.Credit:

“We are devastated with the cancellation of the Australian tour,” Promoters One World Entertainment and TEG Live said in a statement. “We’ve been in constant contact with the band in the past few days hoping for a positive outcome. We know how much fans were looking forward to the tour. We send our best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery.”

Earlier this year Paul Stanley told this masthead that “my memories have always been incredible” of Australia and he was looking forward to returning, for what would be “our victory lap” after first touring here in 1980.

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