FORT WAYNE, Ind.America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time in all categories KISS have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) and Veteran Tickets Foundation(Vet Tix) to salute members of the National Guard and military Reserve forces in over 30 U.S. cities during their 2016 ‘KISS: Freedom to Rock’ tour.
KISS will hire a currently serving member of the National Guard or Reserve force to be a “Roadie for the Day” for each of the 32 U.S. concerts. In addition, KISS will donate a limited number of tickets to veterans in each community and distribute those tickets through Veterans and their family members will also have the chance to purchase discounted tickets through Vet Tix. Military discounts will also be available at venue box offices with proof of a valid military ID in select markets around the country. Please note this offer is not available in all cities – please consult for exact details.
The U.S “KISS: Freedom to Rock” tour stops are all home to a large number of Army and Air National Guard or Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Reserve members. Since September 2001, hundreds of thousands of Guards and Reserve members have been recalled to active duty, and many have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 900 of these brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice.
KISS’ founder Paul Stanley said “KISS is celebrating our “Freedom To Rock” tour this summer; the same freedom that’s been upheld by our veterans and active duty service members”
KISS’ other mastermind Gene Simmons stated, “We are proud to partner with HOH and Vet Tix to highlight the incredible commitment and sacrifices of hometown heroes serving in the National Guard and Reserve forces. Many of these heroes have given a lot—and some have given all—and we will honor them in every town we tour.”
From the President of Hiring Our Heroes and a Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Our members of the National Guard and Reserve are called upon at a moment’s notice and they drop everything to respond. It is fitting that we honor these often invisible heroes in their communities and hometowns as part of the ‘Freedom to Rock’ tour,” said Eric Eversole.
“Getting the opportunity to partner with Hall of Fame rockers is an amazing opportunity,” said Mike Focareto, CEO of Vet Tix. “KISS fans get much more than live music and a pyrotechnics show; they get a chance to create unforgettable memories with their family and friends. We’re excited to make this experience possible to our Vet Tix family.”
“Freedom To Rock” Tour Dates include:
Mon, Jul 4
Tucson, AZ
Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Thu 7 – Jul                  
Boise, ID
Taco Bell Arena
Sat 9 – Jul
Eugene, OR                                           
Matthew Knight Arena
Sun 10 – Jul
Kennewick, WA
Toyota Center
Tue, Jul 12
Edmonton, AB
Wed, Jul 13
Calgary, AB
Stampede Roundup
Fri 15 – Jul
Spokane, WA                                           
Spokane Arena
Sat 16 – Jul
Bozeman, MT                      
Breeden Fieldhouse
Mon 18 – Jul
Colorado Springs, CO                                     
World Arena
Wed 20 – Jul
Independence, MS                                  
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Fri 22 – Jul
Lincoln, NE                                            
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat 23 – Jul
Springfield, MO   
JQH Arena
Mon 25 – Jul
Wichita, KS
Intrust Bank Arena
Wed 27 – Jul
Sioux City, IA                         
Tyson Events Center
Fri 29 – Jul
Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Sat 30 – Jul
Minot, ND
North Dakota State Fair
Mon 1 – Aug
Mankato, MN
Verizon Wireless Center   
Wed 3 – Aug 
Duluth, MN
Amsoil Arena
Fri 5 – Aug
Moline, IL
iWireless Arena
Sat 6 – Aug
La Crosse, WI 
La Crosse Center
Mon 8 – Aug
Milwaukee, WI 
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Wed 10 – Aug
Green Bay, WI                                 
Resch Center
Fri 12 – Aug
Fort Wayne, IN
Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Sat 13 – Aug
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Mon 15 – Aug
Saginaw, MI
Dow Event Center
Wed, Aug 17
Springfield, IL
Illinois State Fair
Fri, Aug 19
Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Fair
Sat 20 – Aug
Rockford, IL
BMO Harris Bank Center
Mon 22 – Aug
Dayton, OH
Nutter Center
Wed 24 – Aug
Toledo, OH
Huntington Center
Fri 26 – Aug
Youngstown, OH
Covelli Centre
Sat 27 – Aug
Erie, PA
Erie Insurance Arena
Mon 29 – Aug
Rochester, NY                      
Blue Cross Arena
Tues 30 – Aug
State College, PA                               
Bryce Jordan Center
Thu 1 – Sep 
Allentown, PA
Great Allentown Fair
Sat 3 – Sep
Worcester, MA                                    
DCU Center
Sun 4 – Sep
Portland, ME
Cross Insurance Arena
Wed 7 – Sep
Bridgeport, CT
Webster Bank Arena
Fri 9 – Sep
Richmond, VA
Richmond Coliseum
Sat 10 – Sep
Huntington, WV
Big Sandy Arena
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About KISS
As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.  Honored by their peers, KISS received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015.  Over 40 years of record-breaking global tours have brought KISS to their fans. They kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with pop group, Momoiro Clover Z.  Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia.  Additionally, once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (this year will be their 6th voyage). KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock And Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin' The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales. KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing  in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles.  KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews. KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: Vet Tix, The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring Our Heroes” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help For Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations. For more information, visit
 About Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes, a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with our vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,000 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
 About Vet Tix
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation supporting our military community. Vet Tix has provided over 2 million free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of those killed in action to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Our military and veterans experience many difficult transitions as they reintegrate into their families, communities, and eventually, into civilian life.