GENE SIMMONS, founder and out-spokesman of KISS recently told Glasgow Live recently that it may be time to hang up the costume soon.
“We’re not going to be able to do this into our 70s – and I’m 67 now. But we’ll do it for a few more years and, when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go.”
He also stated in typical ‘better to ask forgiveness’ fashion, ““We have more fun than the Pope – it’s electric church. It’s where people come to forget their problems and the horrible world out there.”
Though there is no confirmation that he’s actually been able to verify whether or not the Pope is having fun, he claims that putting on the costume and facepaint gets exhausting and envies ‘normal’ bands like U2 or The Rolling Stones for not having such a burden.
“We’re the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.
If Bono or [Mick] Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn’t last an hour — they just couldn’t. In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you’re comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.”
Ironically, KISS did go unmasked for a few cycles throughout their career, playing their first show without makeup on October 13, 1983 in Portugal after first unveiling their true faces on MTV.
Afterwards, KISS released seven full-length projects out of character: Lick It Up (1983), Animalize (1984), Asylum (1985), Crazy Nights (1987), Hot In the Shade (1989), Revenge (1992), Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997).
The choice to go back to their comic book roots for the Grammys in 1996, reuniting with the original members ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS. However for their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, there was a barrage of ‘back and forth’ backbiting and controversy before the original members were joined together onstage, but without performing and to the expense of current members, TOMMY THAYER and ERIC SINGER — along with all former members — who were not allowed to be inducted.