Kiss' final show will be held at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2
Gene Simmons is getting ready to take the stage with Kiss for the last time.
“My hand on the Bible,” he told the outlet. "And I should know because my people wrote that book. In fact, my people also wrote the follow-up book, the New Testament. And so I’ll say right here, right now, my hand on the Bible, it will be the final Kiss-in-makeup appearance.”
Simmons, 74, also opened up about the emotional impact of the tour coming to an end.
"When I was a kid going to school, my nickname was Mr. Spock. I’ve never been much for emotion and stuff like that. I remember my Uncle George, who I loved dearly. I remember standing over his grave, and being sad, but I didn’t cry. Tears don’t come easy for me," he explained.
"But the few times they have is when I look out at the audience and I see a 50-plus-year-old fan who’s been with us ever since he was a kid, wearing Kiss makeup. And next to him is his late 20s/early 30s-year-old son wearing makeup, and sitting on the shoulder of his son is his grandson, five-year-old, six-year-old, whatever, wearing our makeup."
He continued, "And that little kid putting up my hand gesture, with the two horns and the thumb out, which actually in sign language means 'I love you,' and sticking his tongue out for the first time. Well, that gets me going every time."
The rocker was also asked if there was possibility of a one-off show in the future.
"Paul has his Soul Station band. I’m sure he’d love to play some shows. I’ve got the Gene Simmons Band. At some point, I may want to jump up onstage and do some tunes," he said, adding that he would be open to a solo tour in the future. "But the physicality of being in Kiss says that this is the right thing, at the right place, at the right time. Because B.B. King played until his late 80s. He was sitting onstage. We can’t do that. We don’t sit down."
According to a press release, the last stop of the band’s remaining, 25-date leg of their The End of the Road Tour will stream exclusively on PPV.com so fans worldwide can tune into the concert in real-time, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Although no additional details were revealed, it “promises to be a massive event,” per the release.
To stream the show live, fans in the U.S. and Canada pay a one-time fee of $39.99, rather than signing up for a subscription. (Internationally, it costs $14.99 to watch the event.)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ final show will also air live through cable and satellite providers such as Xfinity, Spectrum, Contour, Optimum, Fios, DirecTV, DISH, Rogers, Telus and more in North America.
The band featuring Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer kicked off their farewell tour back in 2019, before putting a pause on live appearances due to the pandemic. The “Detroit Rock City” group has since taken their send-off show across North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Back in the spring, the heavy metal legends announced the final leg of The End of the Road Tour would commence this fall and wrap up in N.Y.C. where five decades ago they launched what became their storied career of many hit songs and stadium tours.
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