Biff Byford Explains If Saxon Have A Plan To Continue With Avatars Like KISS

During a recent interview with Classic Album Review, Saxon’s Biff Byford talked about the possibility of continuing with avatars.

The conversation started with the host’s reference to KISS, mentioning that they played their final concert and are planning to continue their legacy through avatars. Then, Byford referred to ABBA who use digital avatars for performances.

Byford’s Thoughts About Saxon Possibly Using Avatars

The dialogue then shifted to Saxon with a question about whether they could see themselves living on as avatars similar to KISS and ABBA. The vocalist’s reply was short, as he said:

“No, no.”

When the interviewer asked whether it wouldn’t be for them, he continued:

“I don’t think they should do it to death. I think it works for ABBA because ABBA’s been defunded for years and years and years. And ABBA is a pop band; they’re not rock. Now people want to go see an avatar show of them. Fair enough.”

The Technical Side Of Avatar Performances

Then, the host again asked how virtual or digital performances featuring avatars work. To which Byford responded:

“Well, it has to shine on something, like the Hologram. I’ve not seen the ABBA one, but I’ve been told that it’s absolutely fantastic. But it’s absolutely millions and millions cost to develop this thing. They built their own theater. I don’t know if KISS is going to do that. I think it probably works better when it’s in a place that’s been sort of built and equipped for it rather than touring.”

Paul Stanley’s Vision For KISS’ Future

Recently, at their last performance in Madison Square Garden on December 2, KISS introduced a new era in their musical legacy. Digital avatars of the band members took the stage to perform ‘God Gave Rock and Roll to You.’ Paul Stanley said:

“What we’ve accomplished has been amazing, but it’s not enough. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are. It’s exciting for us to go the next step and see KISS immortalized.”

The technology behind the performance, initially developed for ‘ABBA Voyage,’ brought a 1970s version of ABBA to life on a London stage, earning £2 million weekly. KISS adopted this approach, using motion capture technology to craft their own show. Unlike a typical live performance, the avatars of KISS members have other abilities, including flying, emitting fire, and projecting electricity from their hands.

You can watch the full interview below.