GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Will Continue 'For A Few More Years' Before Calling It Quits

GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Will Continue 'For A Few More Years' Before Calling It Quits

Gene Simmons says that KISS has “a few more years” left before it calls it quits. He told Glasgow Live ahead of the band’s sold-out May 27 concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (see video below): “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.”

He continued: “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.

“So we’re not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I’m 67 now. We’ll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it’s time to go, we’ll go, and we’ll do it the right way, with a big party. I’d like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free.”

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: “Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we’re much more a sports team. We don’t fall into the limitations of other bands, because we’re not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I’d love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it’s because I love the band.”

It was back in 2005 that KISS manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had “been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to don the band’s famous makeup.” McGhee said, “KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They’re more characters than the individual person. I think [new members] have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise.”

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley said last year that the idea that the band could continue without any original members was “the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard [Stanley and Simmons] make.” He added: “I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren’t the original members. So they’re trying to rationalize to the fans, ‘Well, you know, we replaced Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and we replaced Ace, and eventually we’re gonna replace ourselves. That’s like Mick Jagger saying, ‘Yeah, after me and Keith [Richards, THE ROLLINGS STONES guitarist] die, THE STONES will continue on with two other guys.’ I mean, it’s a joke.”

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GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Will Continue 'For A Few More Years' Before Calling It Quits
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DEATHSTARS Parts Ways With Drummer OSCAR 'VICE' LEANDER

DEATHSTARS Parts Ways With Drummer OSCAR 'VICE' LEANDER

Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS has announced the departure of drummer Oscar “Vice” Leander.

Leander, who started in DEATHSTARS as session drummer almost ten years ago became a full member in 2011, will play final last shows with the band in Mexico in July.

“After almost a decade of blood, sweat and darkness with DEATHSTARS, our journey has now come to an end,” Leander said in a statement. “My aspiration to explore and to use my instrument in new areas has driven me to this decision.

“I wanna take the opportunity to say thank you to Andreas, Emil, Skinny and Eric for everything, and last but not least an even bigger salute to our crew and all our devoted fans around the planet. You all made this to a ride I will never forget.”

Oscar has now joined TRIBULATION and will start playing live shows with them in June.

“We are still the best of friends, and we are pleased to see that Oscar joins our very good friends in TRIBULATION,” said DEATHSTARS vocalist Andreas “Whiplasher Bernadotte” Bergh. “We will continue to hang out on a daily basis so on a personal level there isn’t much of a change.”

DEATHSTARS would like to emphasize that Oscar has been a very important part of the band during a long time and that the band has all the respect for his decision.

“We wish him the best, and we’ll continue our journey,” said DEATHSTARS bassist Jonas “Skinny Disco” Kangur and guitarist Emil “Nightmare Industries” Nödtveidt. “Right now we’re focused on writing new material and start up a new chapter in the book of DEATHSTARS.”

DEATHSTARS‘ fourth studio album, “The Perfect Cult”, was released in June 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
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DEATHSTARS Parts Ways With Drummer OSCAR 'VICE' LEANDER
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Watch Guns N' Roses Cover Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' – 'This One's For You Chris'

Watch Guns N' Roses Cover Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' – 'This One's For You Chris'

Guns N’ Roses performed a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” during their May 27th concert in Slane, Ireland.

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Watch Guns N' Roses Cover Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' – 'This One's For You Chris'
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