Will it ever end? That's the question Kiss fans have been asking since the band announced back in early 2000 that it would say goodbye to the road. Since then, Kiss spent months out on various legs of
Will it ever end? That's the question Kiss fans have been asking since the band announced back in early 2000 that it would say goodbye to the road. Since then, Kiss spent months out on various legs of its farewell tour, then disappeared from the arena scene for a while. The Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley-led act last performed in February during the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and although details of definitive final shows seemed to be forthcoming, none have arrived.
Recently Stanley wrote in his "Paul Speaks" Q&A column on the official Kiss Web site that the band is planning to hit the road again, and, at this point, plans to actually hang up the platform boots and costumes may have been scuttled.
"People change their minds, and in this case that goes along with being a living, thinking person," the singer/guitarist writes about the decision to tour again. "What one says one day with total commitment may at another time turn out not to be so.
"Am I doing this for the money or the fans? Both, and let's not forget I'm doing this for me," Stanley continues, answering his own question, and one on the minds of many fans. "That is the reason I originally started playing: because I wanted to, and only I can decide ultimately when to stop. As you know (assuming that you have a job), it is great to have both the appreciation of those around you and to be compensated financially."
No dates for a tour have been confirmed, nor is it known whether or not Stanley, bassist/singer Simmons, and original guitarist Ace Frehley would be joined by original drummer Peter Criss, who did not perform on a Japan/Australia leg of the Farewell Tour last year.
Any forthcoming outing will most likely be in support of a new compilation, "The Very Best of Kiss," due out Aug. 27 via Mercury/UTV Records. The 21-track collection -- the 12th to assemble previously released material during the band's long career, including last year's exhaustive five-disc/94-track "Kiss Box Set" (Universal) -- chronologically presents well-known tracks spanning from the band's 1974 Casablanca self-titled debut album to 1992's Mercury set "Revenge."
Among the included cuts are concert favorites "Deuce," "Shout It Out Loud," "Love Gun," and "Detroit Rock City." Also included is the live version of "Rock'n'Roll All Nite," a No. 12 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 from 1975's "Alive!," and Frehley's "New York Groove," from his 1978 self-titled solo album.
Kiss will also soon be heard on the forthcoming Ramones tribute album, covering the fellow New York band's "Rock'n'Roll Radio." Stanley writes on the site, "I can remember our club days and seeing Joey Ramone standing a head above everyone else! Having come after us, we certainly can't say we were influenced by them, but they were from New York and this seemed like a fun project," He, Simmons, and sometime Kiss drummer Eric Singer recorded the track with a horn section and Derek Sherinan on piano. "Gene and I trade off vocals," Stanley writes, "and I have to say this is as cool and kick ass as it gets! It's a really cool track and I think you'll love it!"
As previously reported, the DV8/Columbia set is due this fall is being assembled by Rob Zombie and Johnny Ramone, and will also feature covers performed by Metallica, U2, the Pretenders, Garbage, and Tom Waits, among others.
Here is the track listing for "The Very Best of Kiss":
"Got To Choose"
"Hotter Than Hell"
"C'mon and Love Me"
"Rock'n'Roll All Nite" (live)
"Detroit Rock City"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"I Want You"
"Calling Dr. Love"
"Hard Luck Woman"
"I Stole Your Love"
"New York Groove" (Frehley solo)
"I Was Made for Loving You"
"I Love It Loud"
"Lick It Up"
"God Gave Rock'n'Roll to You"