Paul Stanley Is Canceling KISS Retirement?

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KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently dropped hints about KISS having one-off concert to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Paul Stanley addresses the matter

In a new interview with Yahoo! entertainment music editor Lyndsey Parker, Stanley was asked if there are any plans for him and his bandmates to do anything special to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

He responded: “The fact that we still not only survived but thrived is special enough. There’s nothing special to do. I’m thrilled that we’re still here. I’m thrilled that the fans are still here. The fans seem thrilled that we’re still here.”

“We’re coming to the end of this [farewell tour], so to speak. We pretty much know when we’re ending and where we’re ending. And that’s it.”

Stanley also touched upon the fact that the “End Of The Road” tour was originally scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City but has since been extended to at least late 2023. The trek was announced in September 2018 following a KISS performance of the band’s classic song “Detroit Rock City” on “America’s Got Talent”.

Asked if the KISS farewell tour will end with the band’s July 15 performance in Norway, which is the last listed tour date on the official KISS web site, Paul said, “It would only make sense for us to play the States, and I think it would make sense that we would end where we started,” strongly hinting that the final concert will take place in New York City.

Asked whether the last concert of KISS’s “End Of The Road” tour will truly mark the band’s final performance or if there is a chance of one-off shows or a Las Vegas residency in the future, Stanley said: “I really can’t say. But it is the last of any kind of regular shows or touring.

“It’s just time,” he explained. “And in the same way, it’s time consuming. And physically, it’s grueling to do what we do. Hell, if I could go out on stage in my jeans and a t-shirt, give us another 10, 15 years easily. But what we do is a whole different sport. I mean, we’re athletes; we’re running around on stage with 30, 40, pounds of gear, and it’s not possible to do it that much longer. So we’re not like other bands.

“So, will we do more shows or one-offs? I really have no idea,” Paul admitted. “But this is a real clear mindset that the touring days and doing those kind of shows, that’s over.”