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Kiss pull out of first Manchester Arena gig since bombing

Rock band Kiss have pulled out of a scheduled gig in Manchester on 30th May, following the terror attack there earlier this week (22May17).
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and left 59 in hospital with injuries when he detonated an improvised explosive device in the box office area of Manchester Arena as people left the venue following an Ariana Grande concert.
Musicians’ responses to the horrific attack have varied greatly, with stars including Nicki Minaj and Anastasia pledging to go on with their shows in the U.K. city, while others such as Take That and Blondie cancelled their performances in Manchester.
Kiss were due to be the first band to perform at the venue after the bombing, but announced they have cancelled the gig in a statement released on Friday.
“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,” the statement, from Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer read. “We have always looked forward to these shows and our local fans, but in light of recent events, a cancelled 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.”
Another statement on the Manchester Arena website adds: “Following the tragic events in Manchester and the temporary closure of the Manchester Arena the scheduled concert of Kiss’ Kissworld Tour on the 30 May 2017 has been cancelled.”
The announcement comes after guitarist Paul took to his Twitter page in the wake of the attack to send his condolences to those affected, writing: “Manchester. My heart breaks for 22 young killed and 59 maimed. My heart breaks for parents. I am heartbroken and speechless. I pray for you.”
Frontman Gene added: “Thoughts and Prayers go out to Manchester. We stand with you, united. #Manchester.”
The next event scheduled to take place at Manchester Arena is wrestling event WWE Presents NXT Live! on 6 June.

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