Paul Stanley Says He Can See Kiss One Day Continuing Without Him

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley has admitted to Billboard in a new interview that while the thought of him one day “not being involved” with the band anymore “certainly comes to mind,” he is “not sure about the idea of KISS coming to an end. We’ve built something that’s so iconic, and I think it transcends any of the members so I can certainly see me not being there, seriously,” he said. “There was a time where people said it had to be the four of us [Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss] and those people are already 50 percent wrong. So I’m betting [another absence] could be overcome, too.”

Last May, Simmons told Glasgow Live that he didn’t think the Kiss members would be able to tour once they are in their seventies. “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,” he said. “I’d like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free.”

Stanley has repeatedly said that Kiss 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.”