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KISS Cancel Manchester Gig

KISS' planned Manchester Arena show for tonight (May 30) in England has been canceled in the wake of last week's terrorist attack there, where more than 20 people were killed during a show by pop singer Ariana Grande.

In a statement, KISS explains that, "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester. We sadly will not be able to play Manchester Arena on the 30th May. We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events a canceled rock show seems of such little consequence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time. We are with you and you are in our prayers."

The release did not specify if the decision to cancel the show was the band's or came from local authorities. A number of events, including one by the WWE, have been pulled from the arena scheduled.

KISS next plays Wednesday (May 31) in London, then has four U.S. shows later this summer.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.