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Rock legends Kiss mistake Australian flag for Austrian flag at Vienna concert

Rock legends Kiss suffer a major bust by displaying the Australian flag at a concert in Austria: ‘Americans and their geography!’

American band Kiss closed a concert in Vienna on Sunday with a cultural gaffe as they thanked their Austrian fans with an image of the Australian flag.

The glam rock legends closed the show by projecting the Kiss logo – featuring the colors and symbols of the Australian flag, including the Union Jack and Southern Cross – on a giant screen behind the stage, next to the text: ‘Kiss Loves You Vienna. ‘

The nine thousand Kiss fans present roared with laughter when the message appeared during the closing moments of the concert, reports Today Times Live

American band Kiss ended a concert in Vienna on Sunday with a cultural blunder when they thanked their Austrian fans with an image of the Australian flag

American band Kiss ended a concert in Vienna on Sunday with a cultural blunder when they thanked their Austrian fans with an image of the Australian flag

An unamused Austrian fan later tweeted, “Americans and geography!”

The accident happened during the European leg of Kiss’ The End of the Road world tour.

Since Tuesday, no one from the band’s camp has stepped forward to explain how the confusion over the flags started.

The glam rock legends closed the show by projecting the Kiss logo - featuring the colors and symbols of the Australian flag, including the Union Jack and Southern Cross - on a giant screen behind the stage, next to the text: 'Kiss Loves You Vienna. '  (Pictured: Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley on stage in Melbourne, Australia, on March 6, 2013)

The glam rock legends closed the show by projecting the Kiss logo – featuring the colors and symbols of the Australian flag, including the Union Jack and Southern Cross – on a giant screen behind the stage, next to the text: ‘Kiss Loves You Vienna. ‘ (Pictured: Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley on stage in Melbourne, Australia, on March 6, 2013)

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Meanwhile, Australian Kiss fans have shown their trademark sense of humor after hearing about the concert gaffe in Vienna

Meanwhile, Australian Kiss fans have shown their trademark sense of humor after hearing about the concert gaffe in Vienna

Meanwhile, Australian Kiss fans have shown their trademark sense of humor after hearing about the concert gaffe in Vienna

Someone tweeted: “When I was a kid, my dad had a T-shirt that said ‘There are no kangaroos in Austria’ and the number of people who would stop to correct him.”

Another added: ‘I had the same T-shirt and the same experience when I was traveling through Europe. Austrians usually got the joke right away (even though ‘Austria’ is spelled very differently in German), but people from other countries stopped me.’

A third fan mocked Kiss’s mistake by tweeting, “The Commonwealth of Austria.”

Kiss founder Gene Simmons can be seen on stage in Perth on October 3, 2015

Kiss founder Gene Simmons can be seen on stage in Perth on October 3, 2015

The End of the Road tour is billed as the last-ever Australian tour for the American rock band, which formed in 1973.

The current lineup consists of Gene Simmons on bass, Paul Stanley on vocals and guitar, drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Kiss kicks off their shows Down Under in August with three concerts at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

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