Paul Stanley on the future for KISS: 'It's time to stop'

'I think I'd be kidding myself if I thought otherwise'
Paul Stanley
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They’re a band that has tried to say farewell on multiple occasions, but this time, it could be for real.

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley took part in an interview with the famed British music fest Download Festival and spoke about the band’s future once their current End of the Road Tour wraps up.

The tour began in 2019 and was originally supposed to be wrapped up by this point. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the band to postpone numerous dates. Their tour now stretches well into 2022 as their final show is scheduled for July 21, 2022 in Amsterdam.

Stanley was asked if his time in quarantine had changed his view on whether or not KISS would tour in the future. "I think I'd be kidding myself if I thought otherwise,” he said. “If we were just another band in t-shirts and trainers, we could do this into our eighties. But we're running around on stage with 40 or 50 pounds of gear and boots with eight-inch heels, and we do it well, but I also know that we can't do it forever.”

Fair enough, that’s a lot of equipment to harness while playing night-after-night. “So before it reaches that point,” Stanley says, “I think it’s better that we stop.”

“I take it real seriously, so the idea of being able to do this without end, it's just not possible. The one thing you realize as you get older is that at some point you stop getting older, you know? Everything comes to an end, and there are other things I want to do. And like I said, it's just not possible to do what we do indefinitely. It's just not."

There’s also a different vibe around the band right now than there was in 2000 when they previously held a “farewell” tour.

"When we called it quits (in 2000) it's because we were miserable,” he said. “We didn’t want to say goodbye to the crowds, we wanted to say goodbye to two members."

Although he indicated the band was “miserable,” Stanley recently admitted he would entertain the idea of bringing original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss back in the fold on their current tour.

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