Kiss on Farewell Tour: ‘I Wouldn’t Rule Anything Out’

2018-10-03

Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Kiss’ “End of the Road” farewell tour will be a “celebration of Kiss,” says Paul Stanley

It’s official: Kiss will hit the road on their “End of the Road” farewell tour beginning in 2019. But, is this really the end for Kiss? After all, the celebrated rock band performed on their farewell tour back in 2000 to 2001, and just one year late, the guys announced that they would continue as a band.

Speaking with the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, Kiss singer and guitarist Paul Stanley said that while last time wasn’t a true end to Kiss, the guys really mean retirement this time around.

“The (first) farewell tour was at the end of the time that we had brought back the two original members (guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss) and it was such drudgery and so difficult and so unhappy that it just seemed like ‘let’s put the horse down.’”

“After the tour was over, it didn’t take me very long to realize I didn’t want to say goodbye to the band; I wanted to say goodbye to two members,” he added.

As for this upcoming final trek, Stanley says he’s opening to anything. He even would consider having former members of the band somehow participate in the farewell tour.

“This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members,” he said. “But it’s not the crux of what we’re doing… and I’m not being coy either. I don’t want to mislead anybody, really that’s not something that’s been given a lot of thought at this point.”

Kiss confirmed their farewell tour earlier this month during an episode of “America’s Got Talent,” adding that their “End of the Road” tour will kick off in 2019. Initial dates for the tour are expected to be announced soon.

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