Gene Simmons On Idea Of KISS Continuing Without Original Members

KISS cofounder Gene Simmons doesn't appear to have a problem with the idea of the band continuing without him or Paul Stanley, he revealed in a recent interview.

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KISS cofounder Gene Simmons doesn't appear to have a problem with the idea of the band continuing without him or Paul Stanley, he revealed in a recent interview.

Simmons was asked by Cantonrep.com, "The idea of KISS moving on without Paul Stanley and yourself is another highly-debated topic among Kiss fans. You see it working to some degree with bands like AC/DC with only one original member and Foreigner, who often play live with none. Is it a testament to the strength of the music that an idea like that could work for generations to come?"

Gene responded, "Well, AC/DC has had 21 different members. But it's more than music. It's a vibe. You can't just get a jazz musician to step up there with a rock band, I don't care who it is, and make it convincing. Not just in how you play, but how you stand on stage. People are listening with their eyes. They're bringing their eyes, and you better make that work. It's not just your ears. When you stayed at home in the old days, you could turn on the radio, and you didn't know what anybody looked like. That's different.

"But once Elvis started shaking his hips, image was very important. But I don't want to torture people with my soliloquies and pontification on the state of music as it exists."

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    eatfresh1736
     But I don't want to torture people with my soliloquies and pontification on the state of music as it exists. 
    Is that not what he literally does, all the time? Also, of course Gene is fine with others donning the makeup and playing as KISS. As long as he gets his fat cut of it.
    fafa1234
    It's a shame that Kiss themselves think image is so important, probably more important than their music, when it was their (early) music that attracted a lot of their fans.  
    tiger1964stan
    So in essence Gene's saying that our grandchildren will have the opportunity to see a 'KISS concert'? And who will be alive to collect all the royalties? Gene and Paul's grandchildren? Hopefully they'll never want such an assinine responsibility. I guess I was correct when I said that three things would survive a nuclear holocaust: Hostess Twinkies, cockroaches, & KISS.