During a chat with Yahoo! entertainment’s music editor Lyndsey Parker, KISS frontman Paul Stanley was overjoyed when asked if he and his bandmates had any plans to commemorate their 50th anniversary in a unique way.
“The fact that we still not only survived but thrived is special enough,” he responded. “There’s nothing special to do. I’m thrilled that we’re still here. I’m thrilled that the fans are still here. The fans seem thrilled that we’re still here.
“We’re coming to the end of this [farewell tour], so to speak. We pretty much know when we’re ending and where we’re ending. And that’s it.”
Stanley mentioned that the “End Of The Road” tour was initially planned to finish up in New York City on July 17, 2021, yet it has been extended to at least late 2023. This tour was announced with much enthusiasm in September 2018 after the KISS performed their classic song “Detroit Rock City” on “America’s Got Talent.”
“This tour, interestingly, seems to go on forever,” Paul said. “That’s because we lost two years to COVID. People go, ‘Oh my God. This tour…’ Well, yeah, there’s two years that didn’t count. And it’s a big world. So, there’ve been some countries that I thought we were finished with, and the fans and the promoters wanted us to come back. So we have shows to do.
“The end is in sight — more so than some people know. But we’ll have an announcement about that in the not-too-distant future.”
When asked if the much-anticipated KISS farewell tour is concluding with the July 15 show in Norway – the last tour date listed on the official KISS website – Paul replied: “It would only make sense for us to play the States, and I think it would make sense that we would end where we started,” hinting that the final concert will take place in New York City.
When asked if he was looking forward to the last gig for KISS, Paul expressed his excitement and said: “More so than I know. There’s gonna be some tears shed, for sure.
“You’ve gotta remember that Gene [Simmons] and I started this together when I was 17 and he was 20, 21. It’s 50 years later. We’ve lived pretty interesting lives, and we have families and children and huge sales in terms of albums and concerts. So it’s a big part of who we are; it’s a big part of our lives. So, that final show, yeah, that’s momentous. And it’s gonna hit harder than I think we know. And we know it’s gonna hit hard.”
When queried about whether the band’s “End Of The Road” tour will be their last gig or if they had the possibility of sporadic concerts or a Las Vegas residency, Stanley shared: “I really can’t say. But it is the last of any kind of regular shows or touring.
“It’s just time,” he added. “And in the same way, it’s time consuming. And physically, it’s grueling to do what we do. Hell, if I could go out on stage in my jeans and a t-shirt, give us another 10, 15 years easily. But what we do is a whole different sport. I mean, we’re athletes; we’re running around on stage with 30, 40, pounds of gear, and it’s not possible to do it that much longer. So we’re not like other bands.
“So, will we do more shows or one-offs? I really have no idea. But this is a real clear mindset that the touring days and doing those kind of shows, that’s over.”
You can watch full interview below.