Gene Simmons Open to Having Four Fresh Faces Continue KISS

The veteran rockers are bringing their stage career to an end with the finale of their "End of the Road Tour" at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Dec. 2, but Gene is open to the "Detroit Rock City" group handing over the "baton" and having younger talent continue under the band's name.

Gene, 74, told Rolling Stone, "You want to go out while you’re on top. And remember, we introduce ourselves with, 'You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest mofo band on the planet, KISS.' At some point, those words are not going to mean very much, when I’m in my rocket-propelled wheelchair with a hot nurse pushing me around."

Asked if he would allow other musicians to keep the band going, he replied, "I’m totally open to that idea. Why not pass the baton, pass the crown to four new, young people who are deserving?"

Beyond their final show, a KISS biopic is said to be heading to Netflix in 2024. The band's manager, Doc McGhee, revealed the film, which was first talked about in 2021, will follow the first four years of the glam metal legends.

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