For years, the rock band KISS has brought their fans concerts full of fire and lights. In fact, there was never a dull moment for their diehard fans to enjoy. The members of the KISS band have conquered and built fantastic music as well as a brand name every person knows. Four decades of millions of fans flooded the clubs, arenas and stadiums to partake in the KISS phenomena.
The Musicians of KISS
They formed the group in January of 1973 in New York. The original band members were Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. But sometimes things change, and so do the members of the band. The current lineup for the final farewell tour will be two of the original members, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.
New members, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, will join them. But, is this the end of the road for KISS? In 2000, Gene Simmons wanted to end the group on a high note since there were no more mountains to climb. And, it turned out to be the final tour with all four original members. Also, in 2014, the original members got together again for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Origins of KISS Greatness
The original KISS band members include:
- Gene Simmons: Gene Simmons, also known as “The Demon” of the group, was born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949, in Haifa, Israel. His parents raised him in Queens, New York. Gene co-founded the group in the 70s and is the group’s most outspoken member.
- Paul Stanley: Paul Stanley, also known as “The Starchild” of the group, was born Stanley Bert Eisen on January 20, 1952, in Manhattan, New York City. Paul also co-founded the group, along with Gene Simmons.
- Ace Frehley: Ace Frehley, also known as “The Spaceman” or “Space Ace” of the group, was born Paul Daniel “Ace” Frehley on April 27, 1951, in the Bronx of New York City.
- Peter Criss: Peter Criss, also known as “The Cat Man” of the group, was born George Peter John Criscuola on December 20, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York.
The end of the road tour is set to begin January 31, 2019, in Vancouver. And, it will continue for three years. The band is calling this tour “ The Unapologetic Final Tour,” because the band wants to say goodbye while they can still bring the same over-the-top performances they have for over 45 years.