KISS: Paul Stanley on who will replace him and Gene Simmons when they leave after the tour

Kiss perform Crazy Crazy Nights on Top of the Pops in 1987

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Stanley has been on a major media blitz over the past few weeks. As the world comes out of lockdown, all eyes are on the band’s interrupted World Tour which they have confirmed will be the actual end of the road. Previously, Stanley said: “If we were just another band in t-shirts and trainers, we could do this into our eighties. But we’re running around on stage with 40 or 50 pounds of gear and boots with eight-inch heels, and we do it well, but I also know that we can’t do it forever. So before it reaches that point, I think it’s better that we stop.”

The tour will resume in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on August 18 and will go all through next year, including UK dates at Donington Park from June 8-12.

In a new interview, Stanley said of the tour: “It’s an amazing way to raise the bar and make our fans proud. I don’t care whether it’s your hundredth KISS Concert or your first. The fact that you are there, we want to dazzle you and show gratitude.”

But then he was asked what will happen when he and Simmons leave.

Stanley told German site Radio Bob: “I think that recasting KISS or KISS two point oh is not what we have ever talked about. Can KISS continue? In terms of KISS two point oh, no. Can KISS continue and can it evolve without us in it? Well, yeah, because it’s already fifty percent there.

“In other words, there was a time where people said, ‘Well, it can only be the original four.’ Well, then it was, ‘Well, it can only be the original three.’ Well, things move on and circumstances change.”

He is, of course, referring to former founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

Stanley added: “So, it would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0. If it were to happen, yeah, it would be really just a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always had, and that’s that KISS is bigger than any member…

“So, could I see KISS evolving with different personnel? Yeah.”

As big a fan as I am of what I do, and I think I’m damn good, there’s other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy and to the live show and to the music.”

Stanley may be considering leaving the band but he has also recently talked about his renewed love for performing with KISS.

He said:” I’ve always valued being in the band but at this point, it’s such a gift to be up there. The more you complete who you are off stage the more complete you will be on stage… Now, I think what I do on stage has more depth, connection and meaning to people in the audience.”

As for constant rumours of guest stars joining the final leg of the tour, including Frehley and Criss, Stanley simply added: “If I knew today it wouldn’t be a surprise. I have no idea. It needs to be special. There is no shortage of Kiss fans who are in other bands that might be interesting…. We have a long way to go before that final show.”

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