Paul Stanley on life post-farewell tour: ‘We couldn’t kill KISS if we wanted to’December 15, 2022
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Paul Stanley says KISS’ legacy will live on beyond their last tour date — if that day ever comes, that is.
Page Six exclusively caught up with the 70-year-old rocker, who is in the midst of KISS’ “End of the Road World Tour,” to discuss the looming end of the band’s nearly 50-year reign.
“At this point, it really comes down to what’s possible at certain ages,” Stanley told us.
“If we were wearing sneakers and T-shirts and jeans, we could do this into our 90s. But we’re carrying around 30, 40, 50 pounds of gear on stage, and making it look easy. And at some point, you realize that you can’t do that indefinitely.”
KISS originally consisted of Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. However, the latter two were part of the band on and off throughout the years before finally quitting in the early 2000s.
As for the future of the rock group without its original members, Stanley sees the band “continuing” to be part of American culture even after they’re gone.
“I see KISS continuing — in what form that manifests itself is really something that will develop over time. I don’t know exactly what that means. But quite honestly, we couldn’t kill KISS if we wanted to. It’s a part of Americana.”
He continued, “It’s part of world consciousness, and even if we stop, the band continues, in essence. But should it diversify and spread in terms of what KISS is? Sure, the idea, the limitations of other bands, that’s their problem. We’re not those bands.”
While neither Simmons nor Stanley has revealed the last stop on their tour — which fans have hilariously dubbed the “never-ending world tour” — the former told us last month that they know when things will come to an end.
“I know where and when, but I’m not [revealing yet],” Simmons told us. “I do know the last day and date. But you don’t want to find out what you’re getting for Christmas as a present in July, right?”
“We love the fans, and we don’t want to stay on stage too long, but we’re having the time of our lives,” he continued.
When Stanley isn’t performing in front of thousands of people, the guitarist prefers to decompress through another artistic avenue.
“A little more than 20 years ago, I was going through some turmoil, and my best friend said to me, ‘you should paint.’ And somehow, after I finished scratching my head, it resonated with me,” he told us.
In fact, Stanley is showcasing some of his “new original paintings” on Dec. 17. at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills, NJ.
“I certainly never painted with the idea of anyone really seeing my work and more so, never thought of the idea of exhibiting,” he said.
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