CLEVELAND, Ohio – In 2014, shortly thereafter TO KISS had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Gene Simmons was in a pensive mood – or as pensive as Simmons is.
“We are a group of people who came from New York and were absolutely unqualified,” Simmons said in a meeting with me to preview a July 2014 show here in Cleveland. “We decided to reunite the group that the fans had never seen on stage. “
The guidelines were pretty straightforward, he said, “Make your own rules. Don’t try to be another group, just be yourself. For 40 years, that’s what KISS has been.
“Country is fantastic, and rap is fantastic and pop girls are fantastic, but you can take a cowboy hat and put it on another act,” Simmons said in this interview. “It’s not unique. KISS, even if you hate it, is unique. ”
That’s probably one of the reasons you’ll likely see a full Quicken Loans Arena when Simmons and Paul Stanley, the last two founding members of the Hall of Fame group known for their makeup, flashy costumes, and shows, take to it. will stop on Sunday March 17. For the record, neither was available to be interviewed for this article.
The question, however, is whether this really is KISS’s farewell tour. After all, the band’s first sayonara took place in 2000, during a 142-gig getaway called “KISS Farewell Tour”. This has been dubbed the “KISS End of the Road Tour”.
What is true depends on the review you read. A PacificSandiego.com The track on the band’s stop in early February in Southern California highlighted banners proclaiming it “The Final Tour Ever.” Critic Scott McDonald even said it “felt like a heartfelt farewell.”
“During their 20 song and over 2 hour set, the band repeatedly thanked San Diego for its role in their 45-year career, helping the band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or that it served as a filming location. iconic photo inside their 1977 smash concert album, “KISS Alive II,” McDonald wrote.
“Stanley was quick to point out that KISS first performed in San Diego in 1974 and that he considered it an honor to come back to the city for one last show.”
But one ConsequenceOfSound.com Reviewing a show in Portland, Oregon a few days earlier had a completely different take.
“What the show was missing, other than a few vintage footage of KISS in the heyday of the ’70s, was real recognition from the band that this was’ the end of the road’, as the name of their tour suggests, ”wrote critic Robert Ham.
“Stanley has frequently referred to the first show they played in Portland, at the long-gone Paramount Theater, but there hasn’t been a time when so many other farewell tours have taken place that they’ve been doing it. are lingered on stage to drink the applause or an emotional speech about the distance they have come. They hit the clock and got in and out of Portland before the confetti hit the ground. ”
Simmons and Company have long been masters of merchandising. They were among the first groups to come up with a pinball game designed for them, and who can forget both the KISS “action figures” and the KISS makeup kits?
More recently, it was Simmons himself who passed through Cleveland last year on his Gene Simmons Vault Experiments to visit. The cost of this, which stopped at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday April 28, 2018, was $ 2,000.
“For that price, you can spend five minutes in a one-on-one conversation with him, and you get a collection of 10 CDs that the website describes as” a 50-year time capsule that serves as the soundtrack to my music. life, filled with songs that I wrote but never came out, ” ‘I wrote in the story to preview this.
It was the cheap version. The Home Experience cost $ 50,000 and allowed you to invite up to 25 of your friends to see it in your own home. Simmons declined to comment on whether there had been any Home Experience visits during his time in Cleveland, but admitted he viewed the 50,000 smackers as a bargain price.
“That’s half of what I usually get,” he said in the phone interview.
Stanley just turned 67 and Simmons will be 70 in August. Critics throughout this current tour have noted three things – first, that KISS (with longtime hired Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in place of founders Peter Criss and Ace Frehley) spends about two hours on stage; two, that Simmons and Stanley are a little less physical in their performance; and third, the show still features the usual spitting blood and pyrotechnics that KISS fans have come to expect.
Either way, sputum and wait is pretty common for KISS shows. So it makes sense to expect something else: this isn’t the end, as long as there’s a dollar left in a KISS fan’s wallet.
What: The end of the road world tour.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday March 17.
Or: Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Court Central, Cleveland.
Tickets: $ 29.50 to $ 139.50, plus fees, at the box office, Discount Drug Mart outlets, theqarena.com and by phone at 1-888-894-9424.