The rock band KISS, featuring lead singer Gene Simmons, will not perform a concert in Oshawa, as promised. Last April they announced that the top three Canadian towns that got the most online votes would get a KISS concert, according to a statement from the band that read: “No matter where the fans say, from stadiums to cornfields, if there are enough votes, KISS will be there!” However, when the rockers released their list of tour dates yesterday, Oshawa was nowhere on the list. “The size of the production turned out to
require a larger venue,” KISS spokesman Erik Stein told the Star. “In this case, that turned out to be the Air Canada Centre [in Toronto].” Oshawa Councillor Robert Lutczyk denies that their 6,500-seat General Motors Centre can’t handle the band, adding that although KISS has promised that they’re planning “something special” for Oshawa, the cryptic promise “doesn’t give me the warm, fuzzy feeling I’d like to be feeling right now. I’m devastated,” he admitted, adding, “Gene Simmons told me and my son personally that they would be coming, he told me the date would be in mid-October. How can KISS go back on their word like this? It’s unfair and it’s just wrong.” Winnipeg, which came in second with 12, 913 votes gets a concert on November 9, while Sault Ste. Marie, which came in third with 11,315 votes, was also left off the list. Oshawa had a total of 14,569 votes.
UPDATE: Band manager Doc McGhee announced that KISS will be playing Oshawa’s GM Centre on Octpber 7, saying, “After the outpouring of emotion we saw today, there was no way we could follow our original plan and make you wait until a later tour leg. You’ll now be getting a special record release show. Oshawa, we promise a good time.”