Gene Simmons states KISS to continue for few more years
KISS founding member, bassist and singer Gene Simmons was recently interviewed by Glasgow Live and had some interesting and sobering comments about how long KISS will be continuing:
“We’re not going to be able to do this into our 70s – and I’m 67 now. But we’ll do it for a few more years and, when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go.”
On what happens when the band decide to call it quits, he said: “We’ll do it the right way, with a big party. I’d like to think we’d do something that rocks the planet, something big and worldwide and maybe free.”
You can read and listen to the rest of the interview with Simmons at Glasgow Live.
This seems to be a shift in thinking for Simmons as he and co-founding member had talked in the past about KISS continuing without the both of them in the line-up.
In an interview with 16-year-old radio host Miles “The Shoe” Schuman at David Fishof’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp and as reported by Blabbermouth, Stanley answered a number of questions including the possibility of KISS one day carrying on without any original members, including Stanley and Simmons:
“…I mean, the last tour we did was just stadiums in South America and Europe, and nobody in the audience is going, ‘Where’s so-and-so?’ They’re there to see KISS. And the people who think, or thought, that the band couldn’t exist without the original members are fifty percent wrong now. So, to me, it’s just another step. Some people may not understand it, but I do. I’d love to see the band continue. And it’s not a matter of a puppet being me; it’s somebody who comes in and contributes and adds something new to it while still following the template that’s been set.”
Simmons‘ comments come as former original KISS member Peter Criss is about to play his supposedly final live performance on June 17th at the Cutting Room in New York City, New York, USA. Criss is 71 while Simmons is 67 and Stanley is 65.