Gene Simmons gave the blueprint of how the Kiss brand may live on after the band wraps its ongoing “End Of The Road ” tour. Blabbermouth transcribed some of the bassist’s comment while appearing on Dean Delray‘s Let There Be Talk podcast, where he touched on the final Kiss concert: “We don’t know if it’s (going to be in) New York. I have good reasons why it should be, but the important thing is when it’s the last show, it’ll be the last show. Kiss the touring band will stop. But the touring band. Kiss will continue in other ways. I have no problems with four deserving 20-year-olds sticking the makeup back on and hiding their identity.”
Regarding the Kiss brand living on beyond the touring shelf life of the group, Simmons explained, “Kiss will continue in ways that even I haven’t thought of. But I can conceive of. . . Y’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. Although not a problem stepping in every once in a while.”
Kiss performs on August 20th in Melbourne, Australia at Rod Laver Arena.
Their next U.S. show is set for September 21st at West Palm Beach’s IThink Financial Amphitheare.
- Coming on September 9th is the last concert from Kiss‘ ongoing archival “Off The Soundboard” series.
- Live In Des Moines 1977 was recorded during the Alive II tour on November 29th, 1977 in Des Moines, Iowa at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, featuring the band’s original and classic lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
The tracklisting to Kiss’ Off The Soundboard: Live In Des Moines 1977:
“I Stole Your Love”
“King Of The Night Time World”
“Let Me Go, Rock ‘N Roll”
“I Want You”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“God Of Thunder”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Detroit Rock City”
CHECK IT OUT: Kiss on June 16th, 2022 performing “Detroit Rock City” live in Copenhagen, Denmark: