KISS is currently in the middle of their End of the Road tour as they say goodbye to fans around the globe.
As a band that has held a farewell tour in the past, this one has a sense of finality to it as recent comments from Paul Stanley indicate that this indeed is the end of the road.
"I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished," he said. "It's a different time than we had pondered [farewell tours] in the past." Stanley went on to attribute the difference to the "physical reality" the band faces when putting on a show.
Each member of the band is in their late 60’s or early 70’s and essentially engages in a grueling workout on stage night after night. "The fact is that, physically, it's incredibly demanding to do what we do," Stanley said. "Look, we played in Austin, an outdoor show, 100 percent humidity. We're running around for two-plus hours, not only with guitars, but I've got 30-plus pounds of gear on. There's a point where you go, 'You know what? This is more challenge than I want.’ And I only want to do it as long as I can do it smiling.”
For fans worrying about whether or not tension between band members has played a factor like it has in the past, Stanley was happy to quell those worries. "It has nothing to do with personalities in the band or tensions or a difference of opinion or musicality,” he said.
“It's purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins."