It’s hard to keep track of how many times KISS has done farewell tours.
Though the band had planned to hang things up in the late ‘90s, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have kept the rock and roll circus going for 2 more decades.
While the band is wrapping up their End of the Road tour, Stanley isn’t prepared to hang up the leather heels for the last time.
During a recent interview, Stanley talked about the physical toll that the touring life takes on him saying,
“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.”
When talking about getting back onstage, Stanley hints at it still being in the cards for a one-off gig saying,
“I really can’t say. But it is the last of any kind of regular shows. 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.”
Before the tour was over, Simmons was already open to KISS continuing without the band saying,
“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.”
Despite the road coming to an end, Stanley does mention being proud of the mark the band has left saying,
“I’m thrilled that the fans are still here. The fans seem thrilled that we’re still here. The fact that we still not only survived but thrived is special enough. There’s nothing special to do.”