KISS frontman Paul Stanley spoke to KTLA 5 Morning News about the band's "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which kicked off in January and is expected to last for three years.
Asked what his definition of "farewell" is, Stanley said (see video below): "Well, it's the end of the road, in the sense that we've spent 45-plus years touring. And as glorious as it is doing two hours on stage and playing for sold-out houses, really it takes its toll, whether it's my two torn shoulders that have been repaired, or my bicep tendons, or my knees. I wear them proudly as battle scars.
"I think it's time," he continued. "The show that we're doing right now is the biggest thing we've ever done. It's just state of the art. We've done 44 shows so far, all of them sold out, played to half a million people, and we're just getting started, actually. It's a big world."
Asked whether he still spends time practicing his guitar playing, Stanley said: "I'm on stage so much of the time, and we're playing so often that there's really no need. But when we rehearse, like for the 'End Of The Road' tour that we're on, we spent about three months rehearsing. Now, we've been playing these songs for 45-plus years, but there's a difference between playing them and really synchronizing, and that synchronicity, that comes from rehearsing. So, we took this very seriously. We wanted the band to be in top form, and if we're gonna call it quits, it's great to do it when everybody loves each other rather than everybody's not talking or the band is on the decline. It seems like the right time for a victory lap, and that's what we're doing."
As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a "Farewell Tour". The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia. Stanley later said that the 2000 tour was nothing more than an attempt by the group to "put KISS out of its misery" after years of ego clashes and disagreements over songwriting credits between the band's original members.
According to Billboard, the first North American leg of "End Of The Road" grossed $58.7 million and sold 518,395 tickets.
The trek kicked off on January 31 in Vancouver and played an additional 42 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up on April 13 in Birmingham, Alabama
The rest of 2019 will see KISS playing 26 dates in Europe, an additional 26 in North America, and eight final shows in Australia and New Zealand.