Kiss the legendary rock band said goodbye in New York, but it wasn’t the end. It was the start of their digital forever! Something very strange happened as Kiss’s farewell show in New York came to an end. Bigger-than-life characters took over the stage and sang “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You.” instead of the band leaving.
Kiss the Legendary Rock Band: Tech Magic from the World of Abba
This character technology, which was first made for Abba’s Voyage show, lets Kiss rock even after they’ve retired. The famous bassist Gene Simmons is thrilled and says, “Now we can be forever young and forever famous.”
Kiss the Legendary Rock Band: Why Make Kiss Last Forever?
Kiss is more than just a band, says singer Paul Stanley. It’s an icon. He thinks that their spirit should live on, and this new technology makes that possible.
Kiss the Legendary Rock Band: The crew of Avatar
The images were designed by Industrial Light & Magic, which is part-owned by Bjorn Ulvaeus of the band Abba. They are paid for by the Swedish company Pophouse Entertainment. These digital copies aren’t like other avatars; they’re 8 feet tall, breathe fire, shoot electricity, and float above the crowd.
Superpowers are welcome.
Per Sundin, CEO of Pophouse, says that Kiss already has skills and that they want to be as open as possible about this new project.
Getting the Magic
The data used to make the avatars was collected earlier this year when the band played in motion capture suits. What will happen next with these digital Kiss songs?
The future is not clear.
The images amazed people in New York, but Kiss hasn’t said what they plan to do with the digital band members after the tour is over. It could be a rock opera, a musical, another concert, or a whole new journey.
The Legendary Journey of Kiss
In the 1970s and 1980s, Kiss was one of the biggest arena rock bands. They were known for their memorable shows and makeup. Hits like “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” and “Rock And Roll All Nite” made them famous.
Not Their First Goodbye
This isn’t the first time Kiss said goodbye. Their first goodbye tour was in 2001, but they kept going back on stage. Stanley and Simmons, who started the band, are in the present lineup, along with guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer.
Not enough space for former members
It’s not possible that former members like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss will join the avatar shows. This makes Kiss’s digital future even more mysterious.
The Big Idea of Simmons
Gene Simmons had a unique idea for Kiss’s future last summer: he said they should get a new band to dress up and play the hits. So he thought, why not have young musicians put on the famous makeup and keep the Kiss legacy living in a whole new way?
As Kiss takes their last bow, their digital versions, called avatars, are ready to carry on the band’s tradition and make sure that the rock gods live on in the digital world.