KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has revealed more details about the group's upcoming Kiss Symphony concert in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 28, 2003.
The one-off show — which will be filmed and recorded, and broadcast via pay-per-view around the world — will open with the band performing "a short set by ourselves, [followed by] a set with a string quartet, and ten or so songs with the full orchestra," Stanley stated. "We will mix up makeup and non-makeup songs and try to get a balance that pleases the greatest number of fans."
While there has been no confirmation yet that guitarist Ace Frehley will make an appearance at the show, Stanley has made it clear that the concert will go on with or without Frehley's contributions, much to the dismay of many KISS fanatics who have been longing to see the original lineup in action again.
"Concerning this issue, I've heard enough opinions, both pro and con, and it IS enough," Paul stated in response to a question about the group's legitimacy without the four original members. "No decision is up to ANY one, two or three members. Even if three members DO make a decision we are powerless to force anyone to go along. Dealing with personalities and how someone views reality, is a problem that isn't unfamiliar for us. So life, as we will all experience, is far more complicated than we might hope. Again, to people on both sides of the argument, you have been heard. It's time to move on."