During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, KISS frontman Paul Stanley discussed the band’s ongoing farewell tour. According to him, the trek will likely wrap up “by the beginning of 2023.”
Stanley said the following:
“I believe strongly by the beginning of 2023 we will be finished. It’s a different time than we had pondered [farewell tours] in the past.
The fact is that, physically, it’s incredibly demanding to do what we do. 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.’ And I only want to do it as long as I can do it smiling.
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. It’s purely practical. You can play beat the clock, but ultimately the clock wins.”
He went on to say that the band’s final show will probably take place in New York:
“It seems only natural to be in New York. 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.”
He continued when asked if former members of the group will take part in the last show:
“Honestly, we haven’t’ really thought that far down the road. We’re having a ball. The show is everything that I would like to see the band history culminate in. In one way or another, every night all the former band members are represented by the songs we’re doing. We’re hitting all eras for the band, and I salute everybody who’s been in the band and champion not only their participation but their contribution. As to where that will lead, I have no idea.”
Stanley also added that he doesn’t believe that the band will ever truly fade away:
“KISS has a life of its own. I couldn’t stop KISS if I wanted to. The band is so much more than music.”