KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald about the band's "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which kicked off in January and is expected to last at least through the end of 2020.
"This is our victory lap," he said. "It's us celebrating everything we created with our audience and with our fans. It's that time for people who've been with us over the years to come and celebrate all that we've had together. There's people who've never seen us before and they're leaving the show and thinking, 'Why didn't I come to this earlier?' It's terrific.”
Asked why he thinks KISS has endured this long, while other bands have fallen by the wayside, Stanley said: "People who experience KISS really are affected by it in a way that goes beyond it being a rock band. It's fascinating and amazing to be at these shows nightly and see parents and grandparents who want their offspring to experience what they experienced. It's far beyond typical rock bands, where you hate the idea of your little brother being there, or your neighbor. KISS is an amazing tribe and it's incredibly gratifying."
The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing an additional 20 concerts in North America, nine final shows in Australia and New Zealand, and five more in Japan.
KISS's current lineup consists of Stanley and fellow original member Gene Simmons, alongide later band additions, guitarist Tommy Thayer (since 2002) and drummer Eric Singer (on and off since 1991).
Formed in 1973 by Stanley, Simmons, drummer Peter Criss and lead guitarist Ace Frehley, KISS staged its first "farewell" tour in 2000, the last to feature the group's original lineup.