Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Death Knell For Kiss Or A New Beginning?


Ok faithful TMT readers, you are probably saying to yourselves “why is TMT writing about Kiss?” Well remember, we write and discuss “All Things Heavy Metal…Thrash and Beyond…” and I have been a Kiss fan since1976/1977 when I first heard the Love Gun and Alive II records.

There has been some buzz lately about the end of Kiss being on the near horizon. In fact in a recent article from ContactMusic.com, Gene Simmons was quoted as saying, “We probably have another five to ten years at the most”.

Well, I have a different theory… Kiss will roll on for decades to come. How is this possible you ask???? Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are both over 60 years old. Lets face it, Gene Simmons looks as though sometimes he can barely move about the stage and Paul Stanley’s voice is completely shot.
I last saw Kiss perform live back in Austin, Texas in 2009 for the Sonic Boom/Alive 35 tour. The show was awesome and Paul’s voice was top notch. However, his voice is shot and while he sings, his voice cracks and he cannot hit those semi-high notes as he could before. After 40 plus years of singing, it is no wonder that his voice is gone. He gave us some of the most iconic vocals in rock and I thank him for that. But based on the two front men’s age and performance difficulties, I believe that after their current Monster tour, they are the ones that will be stepping down and not perform live as part of Kiss anymore.

As we have seen with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer donning the Spaceman and Catman make up, I believe that after the Monster tour, we will see Gene Simmons announce two new members to the Kiss line up and they will assume the duties of the Star Child and the Demon personas.


Who will fill the voids?

6 comments:

  1. Well Gene and Paul both have more or less said that's what will happen...KISS will carry on with someone else wearing their faces.

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    1. I wonder if they will just pick some guys from a Kiss tribute band so all the old songs will sound the same when sung by the new members.

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  2. They'll try anything to continue making money. If it doesn't work, then it's no big deal to them. They'll close up shop, and call it a career altogether.

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    1. They will definitely keep the Kiss Cash Machine going as long as possible.

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    2. If Gene and Paul do step down they both have sons that can jump right in and I think that will be the way of it.I also think Paul sounds better than he did last year when I saw them in Chula Vista.He seems to be singing the songs instaead of screaming them and he sounds a lot better.Gene also sings more songs in the set most likely to give Paul some rest.I would like to see them call it quits before they really do make fools of themselves.

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  3. The idea of their sons stepping in for them actually sounds like something Gene would want. Honestly to me, it isn't a bad idea at all and a likely one. I guess we need to keep an eye on Nick and see if he starts to make some onstage guest appearances while Kiss is playing. As for Paul, I wonder if he has thought about using Auto Tune just to help him get through the current tour.

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