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KISS’s Gene Simmons says the band are retiring so they don’t disgrace themselves by falling on stage in their over-the-top costumes.
The outspoken singer, 72, added that it was time for the band to hang up their make-up bags as there is nothing worse for fans than watching their idols grow too old to fully perform on the scene.
It comes after the longtime band – also made up of Paul Stanley, 70, Eric Singer, 64, and Tommy Thayer, 61 – said in 2018 that they would be holding a massive farewell tour, before hanging up their stage characters.
Simmons told Full Metal Jackie on an episode of rock station KLOS’ “Whiplash,” “The reason for stopping the tour is pride and self-respect and love and admiration for the fans.
“The last thing you want to be is to be a world champion boxer and stay in the ring too long.
“It’s only a matter of time before your legs can’t hold you up anymore, and you’re going to lose.
“We also saw boxers who stayed in the ring too long and bands who continued to circle for too long. And they forget the lyrics and you can see the deep wrinkles on their faces. I mean, it’s just the nature of life as we know it on earth.
“So we’re doing the right thing. We’re going to give up while we’re on top, do the best we can, and it’s going to be sad, but it’s also going to be joyful.
“At the last show we do as a touring band, I’ll be crying like a 12-year-old kid you step on.”
KISS is set to celebrate 50 years since its formation next year.
They have concerts scheduled this summer in Europe and Australia, after which they are staged at North American festivals.
They also plan to reschedule a postponed residency in Las Vegas.
It comes after the father-of-two Simmons, who is married to ex-actress Shannon Tweed, 65, bragged about younger – and older – artists including Beyoncé, 40, Bono, 62, Mick Jagger, 78 and Bruno Mars, 36, wouldn’t. I can’t perform in KISS heavy stage outfits.
He told Entertainment Tonight: “We’re working hard on it…no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco. None of that stupid rock and roll stuff.
“I hike almost every day with Shannon – we hike three to five miles a day, and it’s hard to keep going.”