Paul Stanley Not Worried About KISS Avatar Backlash From Fans
Paul Stanley acknowledges that the recent announcement of Kiss continuing as avatars was met with skepticism and negativity from some fans. However, he wants to reassure them that the concept is still in its early stages and has room for improvement.
The iconic rock band disclosed their plan to transition into a virtual presence at what was allegedly their final in-person show on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Stanley stated onstage, “The end of this road is the beginning of another road,” as avatar versions of the band made their appearance with the message: “A new era begins.”
The Kiss avatars are set to debut in 2027 officially, and until then, Stanley and the band will be actively exploring the potential of this new medium. He clarifies that the avatars showcased at the Garden were just a glimpse of what is to come, emphasizing that they are still in the early stages of development.
Stanley acknowledges that Kiss has often polarized fans with their announcements over the years but asserts that being trailblazers and unique in their position allows them to explore opportunities that other bands cannot. He believes that diversifying Kiss’s identity is essential, emphasizing that the avatars are not meant to replace the band but rather offer a new dimension to what Kiss represents.
Kiss’ Plans Beyond Touring
While Kiss has concluded their in-person touring career, the individual band members will continue with solo projects. Gene Simmons has announced his first post-Kiss solo show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 26, while Paul Stanley will debut his art series, “The Other Side,” featuring 16 new pieces, including paintings, hand-painted guitars, and limited-edition metalworks.
Stanley emphasizes that any solo projects in the future will not aim to replicate Kiss, as the band is unique and attempting to duplicate it would likely fail. He stresses the importance of pursuing what makes him happy and is currently exploring options for future solo projects.
Despite the initial confusion and skepticism surrounding the avatar announcement, Stanley urges fans to trust the band’s vision and assures that any concerns will be addressed over time. He encourages fans not to lose sleep over the matter and expresses confidence that clarity will prevail.