KISS vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons says that the band plans to add an additional 100 shows to their ongoing “End Of The Road” farewell tour.
Simmons tells Chaoszine in a new interview: “The tour is going so well and the band is so strong, every night is a really solid show. The crew is happy, everybody’s happy so we’ve decided to add another 100 cities before we stop.”
“So, I don’t know how long that’s going to take. We were only going to do one cruise because usually we only do one KISS Cruise a year, but it sold out right away and the fans demanded another one, so we’re doing a second cruise right after the first cruise. One will go from Miami and the next one goes right away from Los Angeles, so every day we’re adding more stuff.”
Gene also touched on his own personal abilities when performing live at 72 years of age, saying: “I never lose my own voice and, yes, I sing every song. I’m not on tape and nor is my bass. What you see is what you get.” (We’re not sure the same can be said about frontman Paul Stanley however, after footage of a drumming error lead to what appeared to be backing vocal tapes being exposed at a show back in June made the rounds online.).
Further discussing the additional 100 performances added to the tour, Simmons explained: “We had plans of stopping when we started the tour before the pandemic. We didn’t think about 50 years or anything like that. We just thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to be 70 years old before the pandemic started; maybe it’s time to stop so we don’t go too long. I don’t care who you are — at some point, you have to get off the stage, and it’s better for the fans and you and for the legacy to get off the stage while you’re still great. Don’t wait until you’re too old. Don’t do that.”
When it was asked if KISS could possibly add even more shows to their “End Of The Road” farewell tour beyond the next 100, Gene replied, “Probably not, but I’ve said ‘probably not before’ — I don’t know. A lot of it has to do with how we feel and how strong we are. This is a tour that will not stop until it stops. We’re not going to take a year off and then resume. We’re in the tour mode and we’re going to stay out there until we stop. Do I know where the last show is going to be or when? I do not know. We’re having the time of our lives.”
You can get a full listing of KISS‘s “End Of The Road” tour dates at this location.