KISS Reaches Out to All Former Members About Final Show in 2021

American rock group Kiss, sporting their face paint and costumes, visit London at the start of their first European tour on May 10, 1976 in London, England. The group are lead singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Paul Stanley. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
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For the band's final concert, KISS is looking to the past. During the recent ninth annual KISS Kruise, the group's manager Doc McGhee revealed that all past member of KISS have been contacted about participating in the group's show in New York City scheduled for July 17, 2021. It's being billed as the last KISS concert ever to cap of the current "End of the Road" tour. The venue has yet to be announced.

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“We want to include everybody that played with Kiss and celebrate 45 years of Kiss. And everybody, Vinnie Vincent and everybody else, that has played with Kiss is part of this whole celebration of 45 years. So, we're still looking at what we're going to do on the final show," McGhee said during a fan Q&A on the KISS Kruise.

“They’ve all been talked to about it, so I can see us doing something. It’s very difficult though. People say, 'Oh, you should bring Ace Frehley and Peter Criss up.' How do you do that when you have two Catmen and two Spacemen? So you say, ‘OK, you don't wear make-up and you wear make-up.' And then they go, 'Well, that was my make-up,’" McGhee added, referencing the long-simmering debate over "ownership" of the KISS personas. 

“It's really hard to do, but we'll figure it out because they're very much a part of the heritage of Kiss and they're acknowledged by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley as being the founding members. It's just a matter of the balance and we can bring it to where it works for everybody and everybody is having a great time."

Watch a clip of McGhee talking about the final KISS show below.


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