KISS Welcomes New Chapter As A Virtual Band
Kiss delivered a memorable finale to their End of the Road tour, marking the end of the human version of the iconic band. The Madison Square Garden concert showcased the legendary quartet of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer, celebrating their remarkable career with an energetic performance. By declaring “This is the end of the road,” Stanley emphasized the night as a celebration of their collective journey.
As the final (human) song, “Rock and Roll All Nite,” concluded, Stanley hinted at a new beginning. Amidst a spectacular fire display, Kiss exited the stage, and avatars representing the Demon, Starchild, Catman, and Spaceman characters emerged. Utilizing a blend of LED screen projection, lasers, and pyrotechnics, the virtual Kiss appeared larger than life, accompanied by the message “A new era begins” on video screens.
Industrial Light & Magic, headed by George Lucas, took on the task of creating the virtual Kiss. At the same time, Pophouse Entertainment, known for the ABBA Voyage hologram show, will manage the rollout. Pophouse executive Per Sundin contemplated the diverse possibilities for the virtual Kiss, pondering whether it would be a concert, rock opera, musical, story, or adventure, emphasizing openness to various forms.
Will the Show Go On, Forever and Ever?
In a post-concert promotional video, Stanley addressed the future, highlighting that Kiss belongs to the fans and the world. The subheading reflects on the band’s hints about a potential continuation in a different form, comparing Kiss to an enduring entity like an army or sports team that evolves rather than coming to a halt when individual members retire.
Simmons envisioned a Kiss show with changing personnel, drawing parallels to successful touring productions like the Blue Man Group and Phantom of the Opera. The proposed concept includes a semi-autobiographical narrative about the band’s origins, culminating in a grand celebration and performance.
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