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Legendary rock band KISS to perform July 10 in Kennewick

Legendary rock band KISS will perform July 16 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Legendary rock band KISS will perform July 16 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Supplied photo

The legendary rock band KISS will perform at the Toyota Center in Kennewick this summer as part of its Freedom to Rock tour.

“This will be the biggest concert the Toyota Center has ever presented. It’s going to be everything a show can be,” said Jude Strode, spokeswoman for the facility.

Tickets for the July 10 show go on sale at 10 a.m. April 15 through Ticketmaster and at the Toyota Center box office.

Corey Pearson, executive director of the Three Rivers campus, which includes the Toyota Center, added that the booking “is a huge, huge win for us.”

“Its huge for the Tri-Cities,” he said.

This will be the biggest concert the Toyota Center has ever presented. It’s going to be everything a show can be.

Jude Strode, Toyota Center spokeswoman

The Toyota Center worked with Chris Moore and his C Moore Live event management and promotion company to snag the tour stop.

Pearson hopes it will build momentum for future big-name bookings. “It puts us on the map” in terms of more agents and agencies, he told the Herald.

In the past, the Toyota Center has drawn acts including rock band ZZ Top, comedian Larry the Cable Guy and illusionist David Copperfield.

Its biggest-ever single crowd was in 2011, when the heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold performed. The 6,842-seat show was a sellout.

KISS, a hard rock band started in the ‘70s by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

It’s part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with hits like Rock ‘n Roll All Nite, Detroit Rock City and I Was Made for Lovin’ You.

Tickets for the July 10 show go on sale at 10 a.m. April 15 through Ticketmaster and at the Toyota Center box office.

KISS is known for its dramatic and elaborate live show, and for the striking and signature makeup looks of its members.

The Freedom to Rock tour kicks off July 7 in Boise. Only about 5,000 seats will be sold to the Kennewick show, making it one of the most intimate shows in the lineup.

KISS announced the tour Friday. Reaction was swift on the Herald’s Facebook page, with plenty of memes — like one featuring Star Wars characters in KISS makeup — and a wide range of remarks.

“Hopefully we can do this right and MORE artists will come here!!” one commenter wrote.

“Now that will be a concert,” wrote another.

Tickets will range from $39.50 to $125.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529, @SaraTCHerald

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