KISS‘ Paul Stanley has indicated he expects the iconic rock band’s ongoing “End of the Road” farewell tour to finish by early 2023.
“I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished,” Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock. He also made it clear that the tour will not be extended, even for fans.
“The fact is that, physically, it’s incredibly demanding to do what we do,” Stanley explained. “Look, we played [recently] 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.”
“There’s really no thought about changing our minds. It has nothing to do with personalities in the band or tensions or a difference of opinion or musicality,” he added. “It’s purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins.”
KISS had launched its farewell trek in January 2019 but was forced to put it on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final Kiss show was originally set to take place on July 17, 2021, but is now expected to happen in late 2022 at the band’s birthplace.
“It seems only natural to be in New York,” Stanley says. “That is where the band started, and that was really the background for the band getting together and writing these songs and played loft parties and played clubs starting with an audience of probably 10 people. It seems we should go full circle.”
KISS’s current lineup consists of original members Stanley and bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons alongside later band additions guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
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