Rock Fans Harshly React To KISS’ Decision To Continue With Avatars
Following the recent announcement of the KISS avatars, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have received criticism from fans on social media.
During their final show at Madison Square Garden on December 2, the digital avatars of the KISS members appeared on stage to perform ‘God Gave Rock’n’Roll to You.’ So, KISS is not entirely over as they entered a new era of musical legacy. However, fans don’t seem to embrace this idea fully. One of them wrote on Facebook:
“Some bands don’t seem to know when they’ve overstayed their welcome.”
Other Fan Reactions On Social Media
Another one also agreed with the previous comment and voiced their criticism of the band, saying:
“Knowing when to walk away is an art form. They are old men. Thank you for all you gave to music and entertainment, but it’s over; go home and enjoy the rest of your life.”
One other fan directly targeted Simmons, as they noted:
“It stopped being about the music a long time ago. Simmons is the CEO of KISS and has squeezed every penny out of that band. He’s a better CEO than the bass player.”
The following comment addressed the audience and said:
“If people actually pay to go watch virtual KISS, well, they deserve what they get. lol”
Stanley And Simmons’ Visions For KISS Immortalization
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) created the virtual renditions of KISS, with funding and production handled by Pophouse Entertainment based in Sweden. In a recent roundtable discussion, Stanley shared his ideas on the digital avatars, stating:
“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. I mean, we’ve spent 50 years building it to this point.”
Simmons added after his bandmate:
“We can be forever young and forever iconic by taking us to places we’ve never dreamed of before. The technology is going to make Paul jump higher than he’s ever done before.”
The CEO’s Explanation Of Avatar Longevity
Pophouse Entertainment CEO, Per Sundin, also mentioned that the new KISS avatars are designed to ensure the band’s longevity. Unlike ABBA, KISS won’t perform live with the virtual band, and Sundin highlighted the potential for simultaneous concerts in multiple cities across different continents.
In a chat with 519 Magazine in November, Simmons hinted at KISS undergoing a virtual transformation. The bassist emphasized that while the tour marks the end for the band, the KISS brand will persist. Simmons envisions KISS extending beyond music to include movies, merchandise, and possibly even Broadway, ensuring that the KISS experience remains immortal even after the band concludes.