Tommy Thayer has told Australia’s Hysteria Magazine that KISS‘s upcoming “End Of The Road” farewell tour will be “the biggest” one the band has ever done “in terms of production.” It will be “a whole new thing for KISS,” the guitarist said. “It’s just gonna be the bombastic show KISS has always been famed for.”
Thayer also confirmed that “End Of The Road” will indeed be KISS‘s last tour.
“None of us is going to be around forever,” he said. “A band like KISS is different to THE [ROLLING] STONES or Paul McCartney even — KISS is a whole different animal. There’s physicality to it that has to be there, and, honestly, where Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] are at, they want to do this tour now while they still can do it in top form even though they’re not getting any younger either, but we can still go out and kick some ass though.
“Who knows what could happen in a few years?” he continued. “The wheels could fall off. But in rock music, all these bands we all love and grew up with, everybody’s getting old, so bands have to decide what they want to do.
“KISS is timeless — the logo, the brand, the whole look, the imagery. That’ll always sustain itself. The thing that’s ending now for this band is being a touring band. I don’t think there’s any definitive plan.”
In September, KISS announced its “End Of The Road” farewell tour on NBC‘s “America’s Got Talent”, and a month later, the band revealed the first set of dates and cities in North America, produced by Live Nation. International markets were announced simultaneously.
The first North American leg of “End Of The Road” will launch January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and will hit an additional 43 cities.