“You wanted the best, you got the best.” The infamous words shouted seconds before KISS makes their entrance onto the stage will be heard one last time around the world before they ride off into the sunset as one of the most iconic rock groups to ever do it. After nearly 45 years of touring, KISS has decided to cap off a legendary career with one final world tour. If you’ve followed KISS throughout their career, you know that they’ve done a few “final tours”. However, co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons say that this is, undoubtedly, the last time that they will put on the makeup and take the stage together as KISS. The longevity that Simmons and Stanley have displayed throughout their careers is impressive to say the least, and to see them go is sad for anyone who has ever been a fan of KISS.
The question on everybody’s mind is whether or not any of the original members of the band will be making any appearances for the band’s final goodbye. It was originally said to be the same line-up that’s been touring for the past couple of years, but in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine back in September, front-man Paul Stanley said that he is open to the idea of bringing back any past members. This could include original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, as well as former members Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick. Whether that happens or not is uncertain to anyone, including Simmons and Stanley. Due to the history that the original four members have, I wouldn’t advise anyone to get their hopes up, and expect this tour to consist of the same group that its been for the past several years.
Even though the original members may not be coming around for the farewell tour, I still believe KISS will go out with a bang on their final chance to tell their fans goodbye. Whether you like them or not, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer have been touring together with KISS for years putting on top-notch performances for their fans. They both stepped into a role knowing they would never be truly appreciated by most KISS fans who were there to see Ace and Peter, but helped carry on the legacy of KISS anyway. With Tommy and Eric, there’s nothing going on behind the scenes and no drama that effects the chemistry of the band, allowing for consistent stand out performances. Regardless of what the lineup is for this tour, I know that i’ll be there to watch my 4th KISS concert and witness the greatness that this band brings to the stage one final time. For anyone wanting to catch a show on the last ever KISS world, you can head on over to kissonline.com for the full list of tour dates and ticket availability.
Author: Hayden Gross
Photo by: George De Sota, Liasion