KISS bassist Gene Simmons discussed his retirement plans, stressing he very much doubts the band will be able to perform about five years down the road “in its present form.” He told Imperiumi (via Blabbermouth):
“In KISS, we can’t continue longer than [when we are in our] early 70s. It’s because the band is the hardest-working band in show business.
“You see Iggy [Pop] on stage – he doesn’t have to carry any weight. It’s a hard show, but you wear sneakers and jeans. And The Stones put on… you put on a t-shirt, you’re comfortable, you put on some sneakers and it’s easy.
“Me? It takes a long time and the outfit weighs a lot and the heels are taller even than your girlfriend. It’s a lot of hard work, and when we come off the stage, for me, you’re really tired.
“So, in its present form, KISS can’t do it [past when we are] 75, 74… I wouldn’t wanna do it one day longer than it was real.”
Asked if he thinks KISS can keep rocking until the 50th anniversary, Gene replied:
“I never thought about it. 50 years… I’d probably be 73, 74. That’s pushing it. We’ll see.”
Asked if KISS has any plans to invite special guests from the band’s past on the upcoming tour, Simmons replied:
“You know, we talked about it, but we haven’t decided anything. The problem is, if you bring out a special guest, they come on without makeup? I don’t know. We haven’t gotten that far…
“You can’t put on the makeup. You’ve been out of the band 20 years – it’s not gonna happen. It’s a difficult question, because if we did bring out anybody that was in the band, they can’t put on the makeup…”