KISS frontman Paul Stanley talked about his band’s farewell tour and mentioned the main reason why they decided to stop playing.
Stanley talked to The Pit in an interview in which he mentioned their setlist and the reason why they could not just change it whenever they wanted, and their reason to stop playing. Paul Stanley revealed that KISS members have nothing unpleasant with one another, and it is just too hard for their age to carry on. This is apparently the main reason why they are leaving the scene.
Paul Stanley talked about their touring plans and Motown. Let’s check out what he had to say about KISS band End of the World Road Tour now.
Paul Stanley says the tour was not like a funeral, but just the opposite, a celebration:
“Yeah, for me, it’s a celebration of everything we’ve done, and it’s not a funeral at all. It’s this amazing time where we can spend an evening with this huge multi-generational group and know it’s the last.
And we can reminisce, but also we can put on a show that pretty much solidifies and justifies why they’ve been with us.”
Stanley did not forget to also mention this is kind of sad as well, using the term “bittersweet”. Apparently, this last show is like taking a victory lap for KISS according to Paul Stanley.
“So this show – I think it’s phenomenal, the setlist is great, and will I be sad when it’s over? Sure, but every night of this is… I hate the word ‘bittersweet’ because it’s really not, every night is a joy.
It’s us being up there taking a victory lap, it’s us with a fist up high, running around, we won, and we won, and you won.”
Paul Stanley talks about why they cannot play everything the fans want on a tour:
“The problem with changing the setlist for us – it’s not, I was gonna say, ‘It’s twofold.’ It’s not twofold, it’s twentyfold.
Part of it is that you have all these lights, and all these computerized gear that’s synced so the bombs go off at the right time, and so you don’t have that flexibility to suddenly throw in songs.
And also I just believe that if the setlist was great last night, it’s going to be great tonight, and look, it works for some bands, but I don’t believe that we should go out there and change it up just because we’re bored.”
After talking about the main reason for their incapability to change the setlist on demand, he mentioned people who wanted them to.
“We’ve got an enviable amount of classic songs, and for the few people – and they are there – who want to hear some obscure tunes, the fact is that mostly the people there want to hear ‘Love Gun,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ the list goes on…
So when somebody says, ‘Oh, you’re playing the same setlist that you did at the beginning of the tour’ – yeah, you’re right. If you come to see us four times, I understand.
That’s your choice, but you’ve seen the show four times, someone else is seeing it for the first time. That’s how we have to concern ourselves, and there are so many hours you can play, we’re not going to the marathon.”
Paul Stanley explains the reason why KISS is leaving the musical scene:
“Look, part of the reason and the vast majority of the reason that we’re calling it quits is that there’s only so long you can carry 40-50 pounds of gear around running around on stage. It has nothing to do with people not liking each other or people being tired of doing this.
The fact is, hey, you can only do this for so long. If you took, I guess, Elvis and crossed him with Superman, maybe that’s what we’re doing, but it does have an expiration date, so to speak.”