Gene Simmons Has Vision For How KISS Might Endure Beyond Its Farewell Tour

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

August 15, 2022

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Kiss still does not not have a set time or place for the band's final concert — or should we say, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's last show.

The idea of Kiss continuing beyond the tenures of the two remaining cofounders still hasn't been ruled out. According to Simmons, the band will keep an open mind when it comes to how Kiss's legacy will live on.

Simmons and Stanley have suggested that their final gig will take place by early-2023. The initial end date for the 'End of the Road' tour was July 2021 in New York City, but that was pushed back indefinitely due to complications from the COVID pandemic.

Simmons tells Dean Delray's Let There Be Talk podcast that he's no longer certain that the final Kiss show will take place in the band's home city, but he says wherever the band's last show is, it will be the last of the band's touring career.

"Kiss will continue in other ways," he said. "...KISS will continue in ways that even I haven't thought of. But I can conceive of… You know, the 'Blue Man Group' and Phantom Of The Opera tours around the world with different personnel. There could and should be a KISS show, kind of live on stage with effects and everything else, but also semi-autobiographical thing about four knuckleheads off the streets of New York that ends with the last third as a full-blown celebration, a full-on performance. Not with us."

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