Kiss Cancel Manchester Concert
The members of Kiss have canceled a planned appearance at the Manchester Arena in the wake of the May 22 bombing that killed more than 20 people during an Ariana Grande concert at the venue.
The cancellation of the show, scheduled to take place May 30, was announced in a press release with a joint statement from the current Kiss lineup. "We are heartbroken by the atrocity committed against the innocent victims of Manchester," it begins. "We sadly will not to 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."
While they won't be onstage, the group promises they'll remain with Manchester in spirit. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected and all the people of Manchester at this difficult time," concludes the press release. "We are with you and you are in our prayers."
Kiss' May 30 show isn't the only event to be pulled off the schedule at Manchester Arena following the attack. TMZ reports that a WWE event planned for June 6 is also off the calendar "out of respect for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy" — but while ticket holders won't be able to see the show, wrestling stars who'd planned on performing will still be in town. According to the report, plans now call for talent to visit Manchester and "spend time visiting with victims of the bombing"; in addition, the WWE has announced it will make a donation to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
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