The band introduced again in 2018 that they’d embark on one large ultimate tour, earlier than hanging up their iconic costumes. Talking in a brand new interview, Simmons defined why the band felt it was time to retire.
“The explanation for stopping touring is due to satisfaction and self-respect and a love and admiration for the followers,” he instructed Full Metallic Jackie on an episode of KLOS’ Whiplash. “The very last thing you wanna be is to be a world-champion boxer and keep within the ring too lengthy. It’s solely a matter of time till your legs will not be gonna be capable of maintain you up, and also you’re gonna lose.”
He continued: “We’ve additionally seen boxers who’ve stayed within the ring too lengthy and bands who proceed touring too lengthy. And so they neglect lyrics and you’ll see the deep wrinkles of their faces. I imply, it’s simply the character of life as we all know it on earth.
“So we’re doing the fitting factor. We’re gonna stop whereas we’re on prime, do the very best we will, and it’ll be unhappy, but it surely’s additionally gonna be blissful. On the final present we ever do as a touring band, I’ll be crying like a 12-year-old child whose foot you’re stepping on.”
You may hearken to Simmons’ interview beneath:
KISS presently have various live shows booked for Europe and Australia this summer season – together with a headline slot at this yr’s Obtain Competition – after which they’ll return to North America on the finish of the yr for a couple of extra festivals, which is every part they’ve formally left on the schedule. In addition they plan to reschedule their Las Vegas residency, which was cancelled late final yr.
In the meantime, Simmons lately acknowledged that artists like Beyoncé, Bono, Mick Jagger and Bruno Mars wouldn’t be capable of carry out in his famously over-the-top costumes, as a consequence of their extreme weight and unwieldiness.
In an intensive new interview with Leisure Tonight, he defined that, particularly at age 72 – greater than 50 years since he first debuted with the band – health is essential to sustaining his prowess as a performer.
“We work laborious at it,” Simmons assured journalist Kevin Frazier, telling him the band presently take pleasure in “no medication, no booze, no smoking. None of that silly rock and roll stuff.”
He continued: “I hike nearly each single day with Shannon [Tweed, Simmons’ wife], we do three to 5 miles a day, and it’s laborious to maintain this going.”