KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was interviewed on the Could 24 version of “Whiplash”, the KLOS radio present hosted by Full Metallic Jackie. Talking about what he plans to do after KISS completes its farewell tour, Simmons mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi): “Effectively, first, the explanation for stopping touring is due to satisfaction and self-respect and a love and admiration for the followers. The very last thing you wanna be is to be a world-champion boxer and keep within the ring too lengthy. It is solely a matter of time till your legs aren’t gonna be capable of maintain you up, and also you’re gonna lose. We have additionally seen boxers who’ve stayed within the ring too lengthy and bands who proceed touring too lengthy. And so they overlook lyrics and you may see the deep wrinkles of their faces. I imply, it is simply the character of life as we all know it on earth. So we’re doing the fitting factor. We’re gonna give up whereas we’re on prime, do the perfect we will, and it will be unhappy, nevertheless it’s additionally gonna be completely happy. On the final present we ever do as a touring band, I will be crying like a 12-year-old child whose foot you are stepping on. Then again, it is gonna be completely happy as a result of it is the subsequent chapter. Similar factor will occur to you, in the event you’re fortunate to have a mother and pop, you reside beneath their roof and you’ve got meals and security, in some unspecified time in the future you’ve got gotta exit by yourself and begin the subsequent chapter. So it is gonna be a distinct type of a factor. It will not be as thrilling as touring and placing on extra make-up and better heels than you ever wore, however life continues.”
Gene beforehand touched upon his post-KISS plans in an interview with SPIN earlier this month. He mentioned: “Effectively, we’ve [the rock-inspired restaurant] Rock & Brews, which is turning into extra profitable — and fairly a number of different companies, which has no relation to sticking my tongue out. And in some unspecified time in the future, after the band stops touring, I’ll exit with the GENE SIMMONS BAND. Did about 50 reveals. It is a variety of enjoyable, a completely completely different expertise. It is like being within the RAMONES or U2 or one thing. You placed on sneakers and a t-shirt, and that is all of the work. So your coronary heart would not need to go ‘growth, growth, growth, growth,’ like it may thump out of your chest, like at KISS reveals. In case you are a blues artist, you are able to do that till you are in your mid-80s, the best way B.B. King did at 88. Are you kidding me? Me strolling round on stage with dragon boots and all that, even previous 75, I am unable to think about it. The bodily put on and tear, your coronary heart simply shouldn’t be going to have the ability to take it. I defy these guys half my age to get into my outfit, see how lengthy you may final on stage.”
KISS launched its farewell trek in January 2019 however was compelled to place it on maintain final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Finish Of The Street” was initially scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York Metropolis however is now anticipated to final by way of early 2023.
KISS‘s present lineup consists of authentic members Simmons and Paul Stanley (guitar, vocals),alongside later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Fashioned in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, Peter Criss (drums) and Ace Frehley (guitar),KISS staged its first “farewell” tour in 2000, the final to function the group’s authentic lineup.
In its 49-year profession, KISS has amassed 23 gold and platinum albums — greater than some other U.S. band.