Paul Stanley Responds To ‘Unnecessary’ Backlash Over KISS Avatars

In a recent interview with The Allison Hagendorf Show, Paul Stanley reacted to the criticism about KISS avatars.

The singer explained that avatar shows will be different from a regular KISS concert:

“We wanna create something that’s a go-to and a must-see for everybody. KISS fans will love it, but other people who could care less about KISS will wanna see it. It’s going to be mind-boggling.”

Details About Avatars

He detailed how it would look like:

“It’s KISS and Cirque du Soleil and everything you can imagine on steroids. But it will really cross that bridge of what’s real and what’s not, and combine the two… It will be incredible.”

Stanley went on to talk about their aim for the avatars:

“The idea that we’re gonna simulate a live show — leave that to somebody else. We have no desire to do that. We wanna create KISS, which is something that breaks the rules, not lives within ’em.”

Paul’s Earlier Words On Avatars

It is not the first time Paul defended KISS avatars. At their last show at Madison Square Garden on December 2, the band announced they’re going digital. The musician explained the avatar idea back in January:

“One thing that’s interesting is people, I think, perhaps even understandably, got the wrong impression initially of the avatars. Because at the Garden shows, we wanted to give people a glimpse of some of the things, or one of the things, that’s to come.”

He explained that the avatars aren’t meant to replace the band members:

“But the avatars are really in their infancy. They’re far from where they’ll end up in terms of look and purpose. The purpose, ultimately, is not that we’re being replaced by flying avatars. It’s just another way of diversifying what KISS is.”

The KISS avatars were made with help from Industrial Light & Magic and funded by Sweden’s Pophouse Entertainment. The first digital avatar shows will start three years later in 2027.