Kiss Conclude 50-year Live Career With Explosive New York City Tour Finale

Wagswoofs –  In an ideal scenario, Kiss would have concluded their End of the World tour with a remarkable finale. They would have extended a heartfelt invitation to their former members, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, to join them on stage. This gesture would have marked the end of the long-standing bitterness that has plagued the group for years. Together, they would have delivered a memorable rendition of “Rock and Roll All Nite,” creating the perfect closing scene for the inevitable biopic.

In a recent interview, Simmons made it clear that there will be no more reunions or comebacks for the iconic rock band. He stated, “This is it. This is the final tour. Kiss is done.” Despite previous farewell tours and subsequent returns, Simmons insists that this time it’s for real. He emphasized that the band members are getting older and that it’s time to put an end to their legendary career. So, fans should prepare themselves for the last hurrah of Kiss, as they bid farewell to the stage once and for all.


In the real world, Criss and Frehley were not present when Kiss performed their supposed final show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening. Throughout the night, they were not acknowledged in any way. The evening concluded with a surprising announcement that Kiss will continue to exist as digital avatars, with assistance from George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic.

“The conclusion of this journey marks the commencement of a new chapter,” expressed Paul Stanley to the enthusiastic audience as they took their final bows. He assured them, “We aren’t disappearing. You’ll encounter us in various ventures consistently. And we’ll be there in your dreams.”

The show was just like the other 250 End of the Road shows they’ve done in the past four years, except for the surprise announcement about the avatars at the end. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was still a spectacular rock and roll extravaganza, showcasing the mastery Kiss has achieved over the past 50 years.

The heat from the pyro was so intense, you could feel it on your skin from a distance of 50 yards. The explosions were so loud that even with earplugs, they could still give you a splitting headache. And then there were those incredible moments when Gene Simmons breathed fire and Paul Stanley zip-lined across the arena floor. What made it even more remarkable was the fact that Madison Square Garden was just a stone’s throw away from the very rehearsal hall where the band was first formed in the early Seventies.

“When I used to drive a taxi cab in New York, it was back in 1972 when I had an interesting encounter with a couple of passengers. They were on their way to Madison Square Garden to catch a show by none other than the legendary Elvis Presley,” Stanley reminisced. “I remember sharing my dream with them, boldly stating that one day, people would flock here to see me and my band perform. And lo and behold, here we are today.”

KISS takes stage for Final Concert Ever +complete  DETROIT ROCK CITY (12/2/23 Madison Square Garden)

The show began with a powerful rendition of “Detroit Rock City” and focused mainly on songs from the band’s original lineup days, including “Shout It Out Loud,” “Deuce,” and “Cold Gin.” They did venture into the post-makeup era with tracks like “Lick It Up” from 1983, “Heaven’s on Fire” from 1984, “Psycho Circus” from 1998, and “Say Yeah” from 2009. As always, Stanley took on the role of the charismatic preacher, delivering his lines with a touch of corniness (“We better call the doctor! And I’m not referring to just any doctor! I’m talking about our favorite doctor, Doctor Love!”). On the other hand, Simmons remained silent for the most part, only opening his mouth to sing or spit fake blood.

There has been a lot of discussion about the condition of Stanley’s voice in recent years, and Kiss manager Doc McGhee has admitted that pre-recorded tracks are blended in with live vocals. However, the blending was done in such a way that it was seamless and never took away from the performance. Drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer do an exceptional job recreating the parts originally played by Criss and Frehley, with almost perfect accuracy. Despite this, there are still some die-hard fans who will never fully accept them as part of the Kiss family. It’s worth noting that their extended drum and guitar solos did test the patience of the audience.

The main set concluded with an outstanding performance of “Black Diamond,” which unquestionably stands as the finest song in the Kiss repertoire. Following a brief intermission, a piano ascended from the center of the stage with Singer positioned behind it. It was at this precise moment that the probability of Criss making an appearance shifted from a minuscule .0001% to an absolute 0%, as Singer began to sing “Beth,” Criss’ iconic anthem. Witnessing another individual deliver this emotional piece felt slightly sacrilegious, but it has become the unfortunate reality of the Kiss world for quite some time now.

The show came to a close with an electrifying performance of “Do You Love Me,” followed by a series of extended bows, a mesmerizing balloon drop, and a powerful rendition of “Rock and Roll All Nite.” However, those hoping for a glimpse of Gene Simmons breaking character and showing emotion during this poignant moment were left disappointed. Instead, as the song faded, the lights dimmed, revealing the new digital avatars of Kiss taking the stage to perform “God Gave Rock and Roll to You II.” A moment of transition was marked by the words “A New Era Begins” flashing across the screen, accompanied by a QR code directing fans to the Kiss website for more information about the avatars.

Will fans truly be willing to spend money to witness digital avatars performing Kiss songs? And are the original members of Kiss truly finished with live concerts? If that’s the case, they would be one of the few rock bands in history to bid farewell and actually mean it. (They previously embarked on a farewell tour in 2000, which lasted just over a year.) However, given that Simmons and Stanley are both in their seventies now, Kiss shows can be physically demanding, especially after completing 251 of them. This could very well be the end. If it is, they certainly went out in an incredible fashion. Nevertheless, if they ever decide to embark on a third farewell tour, it would be great if they could involve Criss and Frehley. That would be the only way to surpass the greatness of this one.

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