frontman Paul Stanley
recently hinted at an interesting possibility of the band continuing without him and second KISS head honcho Gene Simmons
Chatting with the Weekender
, Stanley expressed a firm belief that "KISS won't end. The question is, 'How long will I be a part of it, or Gene be a part if it?' I really don't know. As long as we can,"
he noted."Though the band has never been better, I'm also aware that I'm not the only person that can do what I do,"
Paul continued. "I didn't invent what I do. I was influenced by a lot of great singers and performers, and there are people out there that are just chomping at the bit to get up on stage, and I believe there is more than one person that can go up there and blow people away. At some point, I won't be there."
Oddly enough, the idea of KISS without a single original member isn't fresh, but almost a decade old. Back in 2005, manager Doc McGhee
told the New York Times
that the band had been "toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to ... don the band's famous makeup."KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They're more characters than the individual person. I think
[new members] have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise,"
the manager added.
Without delving too much into the whole matter, Simmons also didn't discard the idea. "There's no question that there's a core of fans - five to 10 percent, my sense is - who believe in original members,"
he told the Launch
. "And yet, when you look at original members, the Beatles are not original members - Ringo is not an original member; the Stones - barely. You know, they've had so many members come and go, but it's the Stones; and AC/DC's aren't original members; and Van Halen; and Journey ... you go down the list of every - almost every band you can think of."
Gene also told Rolling Stone
back in March that his touring days with KISS are coming to an end. "I'm 64 now. Three more tours. Two, if I have a life change of some kind,"