Paul Stanley of Kiss recently offered insights into why the band did not adhere to their initial promise of a farewell show. In an interview with The Project, both Stanley and Gene Simmons discussed the band’s future and their ongoing ‘End Of The Road’ farewell tour.
Originally scheduled to commence in January 2019, the tour faced postponements due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially set to conclude on July 17, 2021, in New York City, it has since been extended to December 2023.
Stanley began by reflecting on his extensive career with the band:
“It’s been an incredible 50 years. I mean, it’s astonishing to think that when we first came here in 1980, we experienced ‘Kissteria.’ Having something that has remained so relevant over time transcends us as mere mortals.”
While discussing the significance of their iconic makeup, a humorous image of Taylor Swift donning Kiss makeup appeared on the screen. Stanley commented on Swift:
“That’s not too far from the truth. Taylor and her entire band once appeared in Kiss makeup, and you can find it on YouTube.”
The interviewer expressed confusion about the band’s continued touring despite their previous declaration that their last show would be in Sydney. Stanley elucidated why the band deviated from their initial plan:
“It’s indeed true. When we were here last, it felt like our final farewell. There were teary-eyed moments, and we bid our goodbyes. However, we were invited to return, and it wasn’t us forcing our way back in. People asked us to return, and we’ve had an incredible rapport with everyone here.”
Stanley continued, expressing gratitude to their Australian fans:
“This country, we are truly thankful for it. You may not fully comprehend the wonder you have here. It’s an incredible nation, and any opportunity to come here is one we’d embrace. So we said, ‘Absolutely, we’ll do it one more time.’ But this truly marks the end.”
The rocker clarified that their final shows will be a must-see experience, stating:
“For us, we’ve reached a point where we realize we can’t continue indefinitely. We’re still at the pinnacle of our performance. Now is the perfect moment for a victory lap, to go out there with our heads held high, express our gratitude to everyone, and put on a show that not only pays tribute to us but also to the fans.”