have recently discussed their decision to keep going despite announcing plans to call it quits and even embarking on a global farewell tour for three years.
As singer Klaus Meine
, the band is simply having too much fun to end it."When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you've got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined,"
he said. "The closer we got to the goal - Munich in December 2012 - the stronger the feeling was that we hadn't come to the end at all. "There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts - it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans - including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying: 'Guys, this is so cool. We're seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?' It's so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We're all having too much fun to put down the guitars."
Guitarist Rudolf Schenker
added, "The success of the farewell tour bowled us over. When you see you've got a whole new generation in front of you - lots of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds - then you get a whole new kick out of it. Essentially, we announced the farewell tour because we didn't want to be standing on stage and not able to deliver what people expected from us."
The band was recently called out by Metallica
frontman James Hetfield
for not staying true to their intentions. "I don't think that's fair to anyone,"
Papa Het told Kerrang
. "KISS farewell tour for the 10th time? Scorpions were done and then they tour? You can't say that and then not do it. I don't know what’s in store for us. I don't want to go on the history of how other bands have done it. We're unique in our own path and unique in how our path ends,"
the singer/guitarist added.