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KISS Is Having 'The Best Time Ever' On Farewell Tour, Says Gene Simmons


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Gene Simmons says the only thing that's putting a damper on the fun of KISS's 'End of the Road' tour is the fact that it's the last one.

The tour likely has at least seven months to go, and the bassist and singer says it couldn't be going any better so far this year.

In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, Simmons was asked how he envisions his final bow.

"Quite honestly, I don't really think about it much, because we really are having the best time ever. And we're playing better than ever," Simmons said. "But I know that at some point there's going to be that last song that Kiss will ever play on stage, and I know I'll be crying like a baby and won't be able to hold back the emotions, because what an amazing journey this has been."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added that Kiss has no plans to make a farewell studio album. He says that while he and Paul Stanley still enjoy writing songs, the payoff isn't there to incentivize a new Kiss album.

"Working your ass off to have somebody download or stream your music for free is not my idea of how things should be," he said. "When you don't put a value on music, it doesn't have value. So all that's left for Kiss is what's happening now: the 'End of the Road' tour."

While Kiss had a date set for its final concert at one time, pandemic-related postponements have thrown the timeline into flux.

The band has yet to iron out how the 'End of the Road' tour will wrap, but Stanley and long-time manager Doc McGhee have insisted that Kiss will not continue much past the end of this year.


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